Born in Bloomsburg, PA, in 1963, I grew up in Wyoming. I earned a BA in English from the University of Oregon in 1987 and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alaska in 2004. After working as a reporter for newspapers in Montana, I enlisted in the Army as a journalist in 1988. During my military career, I was named the top Military Journalist in the Department of Defense for 1993. I retired from the military in 2008 after 20 years of active-duty service. Fobbit, my novel very loosely based on experiences during Operation Iraqi Freedom, will be published by Grove/Atlantic in September 2012. My short stories and essays have appeared in Esquire, The Literarian, Connecticut Review, The Greensboro Review, The Missouri Review, War, Literature and the Arts and other literary quarterlies. I live in Butte, MT, with my wife and twin cats.