Writer, Journalist, Social Media Manager
When I was the littlest carny kid with Colbert's Fiesta, I was a pro at calling people in to play my Mom's Balloon Dart. Today I'm a New York-based writer who has successfully pitched hundreds of story ideas to the editors of national magazines. My articles have appeared in such consumer magazines as Art & Antiques, Islands, and Travel + Leisure, as well as amusement industry trade publications Amusement Business and IAAPA Funworld and custom magazines produced by Pace Communications and Haymarket Publishing.
I'm also a social media manager for businesses and organizations, providing original content and creating and maintaining Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts as well as blogs. Clients include the Coney Island History Project, Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park, and State Fair Meadowlands.
My specialties include travel, the arts, and quirky subjects that evoke the razzle-dazzle of the midway. To read an archived feature on Coney Island's sideshow, Nathan's hot-dog eating contest, the Great Houdini and more, click on the Publications link above. You'll find cover stories and archived features on art and attractions, historic preservation, architecture, and unusual travel destinations.
I was a contributing editor of Games (“The Magazine for Creative Minds at Play®") and a contributing writer for the National Trust's Preservation and Luxury Log Homes & Timber Frame and Country's Best Log Homes. Excerpts from my carnival memoir were published in Boston Review, Provincetown Arts and Yankee.
I’ve worked as a literary scout in New York for the Japanese publisher Shueisha and translated One Thousand and One-Second Stories (Issen ichibyo monogatari) by the Japanese Dadaist Inagaki Taruho. The Ten-Woman Bicycle, a children's book, was excerpted in Ms. and published by presses in England, Holland and Sweden. My work has been translated into seven languages.
From 2009-2016, I wrote and published the blog Amusing the Zillion: A former carny kid casts an insider's eye on the amusement business, Coney Island, and fun places in between. It was a leading source for news about Coney Island, garnering frequent mention of “as first reported by” and referenced by a spectrum of blogs and dailies including the New York Times and New York Daily News.