i am an itinerant teacher of the language arts and writer of fiction, poetry, book reviews, and essays. He has worked as a journalist, a film critic, a veterinarian's assistant, a deliverer of furniture, and an ascetic. i have volunteered at the Union City Historical Museum. my work appears in such publications as Paris Review, Poetry, The Best American Poetry series, Massachusetts Review, and Lalitamba. i have also published a collection poetry entitled rues and a collection of short stories entitled Now Leaving Nowheresville. i spend my time in the East Bay, Huntington Beach, and in the monastery in which he lives with his cat, KatdawgRocket 99, his dog Chibi.