I am proud to be a Northern Arizona University Lumberjack, having graduated in 1992 with a degree in English Literature. After graduating, I worked for the Forest Service on the Mormon Lake Ranger District for several years as a wildland firefighter on Engine 5-1 and the Mormon Lake Hotshot crew. Fighting fire was good for my checking account but bad for my aging joints. I returned to NAU where I pursued my post-degree teaching certification and completed student teaching at Sinagua High School in 2002. During this time, I worked at the Coconino County Juvenile Detention Center as a Youth Care Worker and coached wrestling. I have coached wrestling for about twenty-five years. In August of 2017 I completed my Masters of Fine Arts degree in writing.
For over twenty-five years I have been active in literacy causes in Northern Arizona, participating in local events with authors such as Ann Cummins, James Jay, and Bob Reynolds. My dynamic students have won awards in the Simmerman Poetry Contest, the Northern Arizona Playwriting Showcase, the Coconino County Poetry Contest, the City of Flagstaff Diversity Essay Contest, the state-wide Better Business Bureau "Laws of Life Essay Contest," and have had articles and editorials published in the Arizona Daily Sun as well as the Arizona Republic.
As a freelance writer, my work has appeared in the following publications: Arizona Highways, Atticus Review, Bartleby Snopes, Flagstaff Live, Off the Coast, and The Saint George News. Theatrikos Theatre Company has staged two of my ten-minute plays in conjunction with Northern Arizona Playwriting Showcase.
I am blessed to have a lovely wife and family. My interests include reading, writing, mountain biking, canoeing, judo, wrestling, woodcutting, and visiting my two favorite cities other than Flagstaff: Winslow and Yuma.