I’ve published three books: a fiction collection (Body and Soul, Creative Arts); a work of literary criticism (Proust’s ‘Recherche’: A Psychoanalytic Interpretation, Routledge & Kegan Paul); and a recent novel (The Ramadan Drummer, Pandamoon). I’ve published over a dozen stories in various literary magazines. I’ve also written prize-winning screenplays and made short films.
I graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Hamilton College; earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley; taught literature, creative writing, and composition for many years at Caltech and De Anza College; and edited the national literary magazine Red Wheelbarrow for ten of those years.
My parents left Vienna after the Nazi takeover. I grew up on the East Coast but have spent my entire adult life on the West Coast. With two daughters and three grandkids, I currently live with my wife in Portland, Oregon.