At first, the fences I climbed were geographic. I moved from the east coast to San Francisco and then Seattle. Later, I moved to New York for a year and back to Seattle again. In 2008-09, I lived in Marrakesh. I leapt from place to place, each time, because I wanted to investigate the other side of things.

There are other fences too. There’s one between poetry and prose, one between academic scholarship and creative non-fiction, many between disciplines within a university, and a big fence between the lawns of academia and the streets of the actual city.

I’ve spent my life going back and forth, writing my way from one end to the other and loving it. These days, I spend a lot of time in Co. Cork, Ireland where my partner lives.

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