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I’m a writer and a professor in the department of humanistic studies at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in downtown Baltimore. I write and teach about the uncanny; true crime; and animal magic. I have a D.Phil from Oxford University and I am a┬ácertified psychoanalyst (no longer in practice, but still collecting dreams at Vas Hermeticum). I live in the old Belvedere Hotel in Mount Vernon, Baltimore, with my partner, the movie critic David Sterritt, and our popular and charismatic French bulldog, Oliver. You can read a profile of me and my work published in the Baltimore Sun by Mary Carole McCauley; or check out at this article by Mark Dery at Boing Boing. My new book, a work of true crime, will be released from Henry Holt in 2018.

Come and hear me read from The Maximum Security Book Club: Reading Literature in a Men’s Prison at Books in Bloom, The Chrysalis at Symphony Woods, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Maryland. 12.15-1.00pm.