Why Left? Because I come from a family of progressives and, though I’m not fully at home there, I know where my ultimate loyalties lie.

Why Write? Because that’s what I spend most of my time doing.  Of course, the word also references conservatism, whose political and cultural thought I keep close when I’m dissatisfied with whatever’s current among progressives. The conservatism I have in mind here, by the way, has little to do with present moment’s authoritarian populism.

Why Centaur? Because the nymph Thetis entrusted the centaur Chiron with the education of her son Achilles who, much later, slew Hector, tied his body to the back of a chariot, and dragged it at speed around the walls of Troy until the corpse fell to pieces. This atrocity left the gods themselves aghast. I find this a cautionary tale for those of us who educate. Skill and knowledge matter, but self-discipline, empathy and centeredness matter more.

About me: I write, mostly poetry. I have two books out and a third in press: Empire of Eden (Swindon, UK: The High Window Press, 2019); Sixty-Three Photographs at the End of a War (Saissac, France and Venice, California: 3.1 Press, 2021); and Three Hundred Streets of Venice California (Athens, Georgia: FutureCycle Press, forthcoming 2023). I hold a Ph.D. in History from UCLA; before writing full-time, I taught history at Crossroads School in Santa Monica, California. I’ve also taught at Cal State University, Long Beach and in the Libros Fellowship Program at Libros Schmibros, a nonprofit library based in L.A.’s  Boyle Heights neighborhood. I’ve spent nearly my whole life in Los Angeles, and have lived for the last twenty-five years in Venice.