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Side Spin – How a hoops game changed everything for a college freshman

My essay in The Villanovan about homesickness, basketball, and a “passing” kindness.



Unrequited Love Ain’t What it Used to Be

My story ‘The Hustler” in Tuck Magazine.



Will Democratic Socialism Take Hold?


My essay in the Rochester Democratic & Chronicle, comparing Upton Sinclair and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.




“A Milonga for Manuel Flores” Episode 76 of The Word Count Podcast

WCPep76_PromptJack Gwaltney and I contribute “A Milonga for Manuel Flores,” a piece inspired by the photo above and the great Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges.  Below is a link to hear all the stories.


Life After Death, Episode 75 of The Word Count Podcast

Jack Gwaltney and I contribute the story ‘Life After Death’ to episode 75 of The Wordcount Podcast. The piece is inspired by the Ted Hughes poem and a photo prompt of a wolf on the hunt.

The Hustler, Episode 74 of The Word Count Podcast


Jack Gwaltney and I contribute a story inspired by the great Walter Tevis novel to this month’s episode of The Word Count Podcast.



The Weary Blues, The Word Count Podcast, Episode 73


In The Weary Blues, Jack Gwaltney and I honor Langston Hughes, while telling a unique story about the Ardennes Forest, the Battle of the Bulge, and ice fishing.