I've lived in Brooklyn all my life except for the years I spent at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. For nearly 25 years I worked data entry in the wacky world of commodities on the NYMEX trading floor in Manhattan. I am now concentrating on writing full time. My literary influences are Dostoevsky and Henry Miller. My life influences are my mother and father, immigrants, and the Italian-American community in which I grew up. more...