I grew up on the South Side of Chicago where I enjoyed a lively, happy childhood. In 1972, when I was 16, my brother Steve and I hitchhiked to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, a transformative adventure that sealed my fate as a Westerner. From 1974 to 1979, I attended St. John's College in Santa Fe. Later, after a several-year career as a professional hitchhiker and oddjobsman, I enrolled at the University of Arizona in Tucson, where I earned an MFA in Creative Writing in 1987.
Since 1988, I have lived with my wife Fern in Rock Springs, Wyoming, where we raised our two excellent children, Claire and Adam. I teach writing and philosophy and direct the Honors Program at Western Wyoming Community College. I also lead creative writing workshops in the schools and community.
Backpacking is my passion. You can put me anywhere on the Colorado Plateau outside the range of ATVs and city lights, and I will be a happy camper. The same goes for Grand Teton National Park and all our parks and wildernesses.
The Grand Canyon, where I have been hiking since 1974, is my spiritual center of gravity, my place of utter well-being, and the stimulus for much of my creative energy as a writer and, more recently, as an editor. It was my good fortune to serve as Artist in Residence at the South Rim in the summer of 2010 and the North Rim in 2013.
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