Portfolio

A selection of my contributor copies.
A selection of my contributor copies.

Nonfiction/Journalism | Fiction | Web Design | Photography

Other portfolio materials (such as samples of press releases, e-newsletter content, print design work, website content development, and content migration strategy documentation) available on request. You can drop me a note using the form on my contact page.

Nonfiction/Journalism

“One Story,” an anecdote for a feature titled “The Moment of Truth: Eleven Authors Share Stories of Life-Changing Retreats” (Kevin Larimer, ed.), in the March/April 2015 issue of Poets & Writers (learn more here)

Memorial Day” (full text of essay), Tablet, 8 November 2011

Network: How to Use LinkedIn to Connect With Your Community” (full text of article), Poets & Writers, November/December 2011

“The Future of Family-Friendly Residencies” (not available online), Poets & Writers, March/April 2011

Anne Cleveland ’37” and Vassar Yesterday (full text of articles), The Vassar Quarterly, Fall 2009

Hidden Histories” (full text of article), The Vassar Quarterly, Summer 2009

‘Pandora in the Congo’ by Albert Sánchez Piñol” (full text of article), Bookforum, Apr./May 2009

Operatic Behavior,” “The Phil Griffin Show,” and Vassar Yesterday (full text of articles), The Vassar Quarterly, Spring 2009

‘Salmonella Men on Planet Porno’ by Yasutaka Tsutsui” (full text of article), The Los Angeles Times, 21 December 2008

Shop Talk,” “Conventional Wisdom,” and Vassar Yesterday (full text of articles), The Vassar Quarterly, Winter 2008

“Museum Piece” (not available online), The Vassar Quarterly, Fall 2008

‘Vacation’ by Deb Olin Unferth” (full text of article), Bookforum, Sept./Oct./Nov. 2008

Warren Burger and Fries” (full text of article), The Vassar Quarterly, Summer 2008

“Ryan Murphy’s One-Shots: Discovering the Real Work of Poetry” (not available online), Poets & Writers, September/October 2006

The Collapse of Neil Azevedo’s Zoo” (full text of article), Poets & Writers, May/June 2006

The Albee Foundation: The Barn at the End of the World” (not available online), Poets & Writers, March/April 2006

The Failure of Zoo’s Fiction Contests” (full text of article), Poets & Writers, July/August 2004

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The Massachusetts Review

Fiction

What Would John the Evangelist Do?” (full story online), Pine Hills Review, 1 April 2015

“This Is a Test of the System,” Massachusetts Review v. 56 #1, Spring 2015

“The Mohel Mulligan,” the Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Journal, 6 July 2014

“The Grand Piano Party,” Fourteen Hills v. 14 #2, 2013

The Way the Water All Agrees on a River” and “An Obstacle to Empathy” (full stories online), BOMB Magazine #124, Summer 2013

“It’s a Long Story, It’s a Harrowing Yet Uplifting Jewish Story, It’s Based on a True Story,” Liars’ League NYC (full story online—both the text of the story and an MP3 of Jere Williams’s reading of it!), 6 March 2013

“The Coat My Mother Gave Me,” Southeast Review #30.1, winter 2012 (finalist, 2011 World’s Best Short-Short Story Contest)

“Our Libretto Conundrum,” “The Songs Our Local Birds Always Sing,” and “Catching the Rollers” (full stories reproduced here on my Web site), The Cincinnati Review #8.2, winter 2012

What I Remember of My Love Affair with the Bird” (full story online), Fence v. 14 #1-2, fall 2011

“When the Immigrant Is Hot,” River Styx #85, spring 2011 (honorable mention, 2011 Schlafly Micro-Brew Micro-Fiction Contest)

“Elephants of the Platte,” Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet #25, spring 2010

“The Man in the Moon Is a Lawyer,” Indiana Review #31.2, winter 2009

“Sleepwalking,” Quick Fiction, print edition #16, October 2009

“Gutenberg’s Lament,” Quick Fiction Web site, May 19, 2008

The One-Room M.F.A. Program” (full story online), Yankee Pot Roast, May 5, 2008

“Reggie Kopalski’s Pizzeria” (full story reproduced here on my Web site), Sonora Review, issue #52, summer 2007, (finalist, first annual Short-Short Story Contest)

The Questions I Regret Not Asking” (full story online), Monkeybicycle, August 27, 2007

“A Note about This Business with the Bear,”The L Magazine, second annual Summer Fiction Issue, July 11, 2007

The Methane Fields” (full story online), failbetter.com, issue #23, May 2007

“The Month of Writing Dangerously” (full story reproduced here on my Web site), Opium Magazine, print edition #4, March 2007

The Ones Who Came After the Ones Who Could Fly” (full story online), Web Conjunctions, February 25, 2007

An American Casanova in New York, by Balthus Poindexter: A Reading Group Guide” (full story online), Yankee Pot Roast, January 24, 2007

“The Samoan Assassin Calls It Quits,” One Story #74, May 10, 2006

“The Blind Tiger of Love,” Homewrecker: An Adultery Reader, Daphne Gottlieb, ed. Soft Skull Press, 2005

“Lost Childhood,” Quick Fiction, print edition #8, October 2005

The Mountains Go to War” (full story online), Pindeldyboz, online edition, February 27, 2005

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Web Design

This is an incomplete archive of websites I designed with a combination of Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and straight HTML/CSS using TextWrangler. Unfortunately, none of the sites I designed and built (except this one) are still extant on the web. Most of the URLs are, that is; the designs are just different now in the CMS era. I will add more to this selection when I can.

Hopkins and Barton, Purveyors of Unmentionables

This was the website that I designed and co-wrote with Emily for our wedding in the fall of 2006. It used to exist at hopkins-and-barton-purveyors-of-unmentionables.org, a URL we thought was funny (the length! the legit but underused hyphen! the .org as if the .com was already taken!), but it turned out to be devilishly difficult for anyone to type into the address windows of their browsers. As I noted on our Question & Answer page, the images at the bottom of each page, and in the nav bar, are copyright-free, taken from a Dover clip-art book.

Gloria Deluxe

A promotional photo I took of us in the summer of 2000; the cover of the album Hooker is from the same shoot. (Left to right: Chris Bonner, me, and Cynthia.)
A promotional photo I took of us in the summer of 2000; the cover of the album Hooker is from the same shoot. (Left to right: Chris Bonner, me, and Cynthia.)

I played in my sister Cynthia’s band, Gloria Deluxe, from 1999 to 2001. You can hear my guitar work on the first three albums—the eponymous debut, the five-song EP, and Hooker; I sang backup vocals on that last one as well. I designed all the album covers, posters, promotional stickers, and postcards (postcards!). I also designed and built the website. It went through a few iterations, but in retrospect, this one, circa December 2001 or so, is my favorite. Two caveats: remember that this was long ago enough that many of the links to external sites might not work anymore; remember also that this was from the Ancient Times, so the site is totally optimized to be viewed with Microsoft Internet Explorer running on OS 9 on a purple iMac with an Earthink dialup account.

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Photography

A classic moment from Daniel Nester's legendary Karaoke + Poetry = Fun. I shot this on my Nikon FM3a, probably with Ilford 3200 (possibly 400).
A classic moment from Daniel Nester’s legendary Karaoke + Poetry = Fun. I shot this on my Nikon FM3a with Ilford 400 speed film, then printed it on Ilford matte paper at the Latent Image.

My photographs have been published in Alternative Press (Issue #180, July 2003), Quill and Quire (February 2004), and The New York Times, among other places.

My NYT publication credit was a photo that accompanied an article about Soft Skull Press by Denny Lee (“URBAN TACTICS; Latest Exit to Brooklyn,” 3 November 2002), but the image doesn’t seem to have made it onto the NYT website.

My photograph of Daniel Nester and Regie Cabico performing at the Bowery Poetry Club, above, ran in BlackBook (Fall 2003).

I also took photographs as part of my communications work at Congregation Beth Elohim. Flickr sets include my documentation of the progress of the Jacob’s Ladder installation, the 2011 CBE Connects! event, and the highlights from the CBE 2011 fundraiser Gala (selected from the full CBE 2011 Gala set).

Finally, you can see some unpublished photos of mine as well on posts tagged with the Photographs category.

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