I was born in Brooklyn, went to Brooklyn College, and earned a Ph.D. in American literature from New York University. My dissertation—about a New York poet—was published in two versions: The Collected Poems of Paul Blackburn and The Selected Poems of Paul Blackburn .
New York-centrism notwithstanding, I often left the five boroughs for far-flung places, including, on my honeymoon, Afghanistan, Iran, and the Soviet Union. It was not terribly romantic, but this trip and others like it proved an asset in several subsequent jobs: editor for Fodor’s and Frommer’s travel publishers in New York and Rough Guides in London.
In the 1990s, I moved to Tucson, Arizona, where I’m now a freelance writer and editor. I authored three travel guides, one dog guide, a memoir, and hundreds of food and travel articles that have appeared in a wide range of publications, including National Geographic Traveler, The New York Times Book Review, Sunset, Travel + Leisure, and The Wall Street Journal.
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