I'm a Bronx born and bred writer who fled New York because the rent is too damn high. I now live in Miami. (The rent is high here, too.) I might be the only Polerican you’ll ever encounter (Puerto Rican mom, Polish pops), but, more importantly, I'm a human just like you (hopefully). I wrote my first article for The New York Times when I was 19. The piece was 300 thought provoking words about retail stores abusing their air conditioners. Since, I've written many other things for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, NPR, The Fader and other places. I like talking to students about writing and how I afford to pay my bills and get regular haircuts. Sometimes they are nice and nod and smile. I wrote a couple of bad novels I'll never show anyone. I'm working on a new one that has potential.