My current project, STUFFED: The Things A Man Eats, is one man’s story of 20 years of life and almost death with binge eating disorder. A literary memoir exploring life as both a large man struggling with food addiction, and as a sickly thin man ‘eating’ from a feeding tube after weight loss surgery nearly killed me, STUFFED probes intersections of masculinity, love, addiction, and abuse. It is a journey through burger joints, diet workshops and therapy chairs, told from a male perspective in a world where we’re conditioned to believe that eating disorders are a uniquely female and exclusively thin phenomenon. This, despite the fact that BED is the most common eating disorder, and the only eating disorder affecting men and women almost equally. Too often, men do not have the language, the emotional support, or the courage to speak of their struggle.
I was once a daily newspaper reporter. During the 1990s dot-com boom I worked in technology public relations and marketing, and also ran my own small consulting shop. I am a graduate of the GrubStreet Memoir Incubator, a fellow at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and the former co-chair and fellow in non-fiction at the Writers’ Room of Boston. I’m the co-founder and occasional co-host of Tell-All, Boston’s newest literary reading series celebrating creative nonfiction.
Things I’ve written:
Writers Anonymous, Hippocampus Magazine, March 9, 2020
A Butterfly Story, Pangyrus Six, spring 2019
The Insanity Of Eating, The Rumpus, Aug. 22, 2016
Murder Darkens Our Home Field, So We Set Out the Chairs, ReformJudaism.org, 3/19/2015
Naturists Run From Cover, Boca Raton News, 7/15/1990 (Yeah, a long time ago; it’s funny!)
Also, here’s BigFatMike, an old blog about my struggles with binge eating disorder and the weight loss surgery that nearly killed me.
Places I’ve been:
Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, general contributor, 2017
Virginia Center for Creative Arts, writer-in-residence, 2017
The Writers’ Room, fellow in nonfiction, 2016-17
GrubStreet, memoir incubator, 2015-16
GrubStreet, master memoir, 2015
Northeastern University, MBA
Brandeis University, BA