Born in New York City (Upper West Side), and after a relatively-short stint in Buffalo, I grew up in West Hartford, Connecticut. A graduate of the University Honors Program at The George Washington University, I received a B.A. in English and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Before joining the English faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, I earned my M.A. and Ph.D. in English and American Literature at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.