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). I wrote my first article for The New York Times when I was 18: 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. I wrote a couple of bad novels I'll never show anyone. I'm working on a new one that has potential.