I grew up in a vibrant South Philadelphia neighborhood. My father was a delivery truck driver and a Teamster. My mother volunteered at church. Public libraries were my second home. Public transit opened new vistas.
I am a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (B.A. in English Honors, magna cum laude) and Columbia University (M.F.A. in Writing).
As a professional writer for decades, I have sought to transform lives and serve people in need by sharing stories that matter.