A former British diplomat who left school at 17, I have worked around the globe. I hold a first-class honours degree from Columbia University and an MLitt (dist.) and PhD in Shakespeare’s Othello from The University of Saint Andrews. I have acted in and directed theatre in America, the UK, Italy and China, where my 2009 production of David Henry Hwang’s M Butterfly was forced to close by the Chinese secret police. More of that in Non Fiction.
My poetry is widely published online and in print. I was the winner of the 2014 Fermoy International Poetry Festival Prize, a finalist in the 2015 Aesthetica Magazine Creative Writing Prize and winner of the 2015 Cuirt New Writing Prize for poetry. My recent work has been published by The North, The Transnational (in German), Ink, Sweat and Tears and is forthcoming in Critical Survey.
I earn my bread as a professor of creative writing, English, theatre and public speaking at John Cabot University and The American University of Rome.