After growing up in a working-class New Orleans family, I graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, first in my family to receive a college degree. During my master's (UT-Austin) and Ph.D. (CU-Boulder) studies, I hitchhiked 50,000 miles, collecting stories that would later color my novel, Hippies. My career tracks included 10 years rambling the country doing bar and restaurant work, 10 years teaching university literature, writing, and humanities (CU, LSU, Univ. of New Orleans), and 15 years as a senior technical writer in engineering and telecommunications. After 20 years raising my daughter in Boulder and New Orleans, I hit the road again, hitchhiking 11 countries since 2016, writing, teaching English (RWTH university, Aachen) with TESOL-certification, and giving poetry readings as I go. Despite the vagabond lifestyle, I remain close to my ex-wife and daughter.
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