I'm a Bronx born and bred writer and educator 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 Polorican you’ll ever encounter (Puerto Rican mom, Polish pops). I wrote my first article for The New York Times when I was 19: 500 thought provoking words about retail stores abusing their air conditioners. Since, I've written other things for The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Atlantic and many other places. I'll talk about writing to anyone who will listen and I teach it to grade-schoolers, college students and inmates (though not all at once). I wrote a couple of bad novels I'll never show anyone. I'm working on a new one that has potential.