Biography

I have lived in West Medford for 19 years and in the Boston area since 1989. I divide my time among various creative efforts. I have been making pottery for more than 25 years; currently I am associated with Mudflat Studio in Somerville. I have taught pottery at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education and I sell my work through the Mudflat Gallery and craft fairs. I create functional pottery in stoneware, adding surface decorations such as slip work and carving. Additionally, I create modern, American twists on traditional Mexican “Day of the Dead” figurines.

My 'day job' is as a freelance writer, editor and instructor. I am the author, co-author or editor of seven nonfiction books, including: Insdie the Combat Zone: The stripped down story of Boston's most notorious neighborhood; The Crime of the Century: How the Brink’s Robbers Stole Millions and the Hearts of Boston; Boston on Fire; The Cocoanut Grove Fire; East of Boston: Notes from the Harbor Islands; and Drinking Boston: A History of the City and Its Spirits. I often describe myself as a "recovering journalist," as I have worked for the Boston Herald, the Associated Press and other newspapers. I continue to freelance for the Boston Globe; I am currently working on a novel.