I’m an Associate Professor of English at Hostos Community College, where I’ve worked since 2004 (I used to temp at John Jay). I have a B.A. in The Writing Seminars from Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. in English (with a concentration in Creative Writing) from the University of Utah. I write fiction, research and write about the gothic in contemporary literature and film, and have a special fondness for antebellum American literature. I live in the downstate part of upstate with partner, cats, dog. I can see Yankee Stadium from my office window, but I’d much rather be able to see the American Museum of Natural History. My turn-ons include, but are hardly limited to: sunflowers, coffee, Naomi Klein, Orion. And watching ice melt. And leeks. Turn-offs: boy bands, Hummers, factory farming. Hummer-driving boy bands raised on factory farms, oh my. I live in a perpetually overexcited state of hyperstimulation. They could have rebuilt me. They had the technology. They chose otherwise. No, wait: They couldn’t rebuild me. They didn’t have the technology. They tried anyway. Blake: “If the fool would persist in his folly he would become wise.” Fingers crossed! Blake: “Drive your cart and your plow over the bones of the dead.” In process!