Originally from Berkeley, CA I now live in Europe. Californian by birth and Cosmopolitan by name, the wealth of the worlds various cultures has been my primary interest since a very early age, an interest which has also led to literature.
Reading literature in translation is one of my favorite pastimes, especially if it’s from Central or Eastern Europe (Russian, Polish, Czech and Hungarian in particular).
Other interests include the connoisseuring of music, microbrew, whiskey and wine; traveling; language learning; history; and lamenting the imminent doom of the West which has brought so much of the aforementioned pastimes to the international table.
I am primarily a poet. The subjects of internationality, globalization, travel, culture and the decline of cultural wealth as well as the changes it undergoes greatly interest me. Myfavorite poets are: WB Yeats, Fernando Pessoa (every heteronym), Marina Tsvetaeva, Anna Akhmatova and William Blake. I don’t have an American favorite, although I consider Walt Whitman, TS Eliot, Robert Frost and Ezra Pound to be the best the States has produced.
Feel free to check the publications list here to read more of my work, much of which is available online. If not online, there should in most cases be a link to the magazines website, I definitely recommend checking them out. I like submitting to the most interesting publications as a rule. I am particularly fond of Poetry Salzburg Review and subscribe to them whenever finances permit.
The poems on my blog are mostly outliers, ones that don’t seem to resonate with the literary magazine vibe (as far as I know) but that I think are good anyway, or at least interesting.
Currently I am working with VM Productions and helping to spread awareness of their films, which are adaptations of one of my favorite writers, the master of psychology Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Their films have won a number of awards, and I highly suggest you check them out. For those interested, click here.
In addition to poetry I have nearly completed a novella, titled Calm Before an Earthquake, and will seek out an agent, publisher and all that good rot very soon.