I am a 5th generation Californian, descended from '49ers who headed south in 1870. My great-great grandfather was the first doctor in Santa Ana. I was born in Santa Ana and raised there and in Irvine. I moved to Northern California to attend Stanford University and become a writer, and--with the exception of three years in Iowa in the early 1980s and two-and-a-half years in Beverly Hills in the mid-1990s--I have lived in the San Francisco Bay Area ever since. In Iowa, I met my wife, was surprised to learn that I loved teaching (both my parents were elementary schoolteachers), and discovered that not only was California very different than Iowa but that I was a California writer. My doctoral dissertation was on John Steinbeck as part of the pastoral tradition of American regionalist fiction. My first book was a finalist for the Yale Series of Younger Poets and the National Poetry Series, and poems from that book have been included in two separate anthologies of California literature, one British anthology of poetry on medical issues (I was born with multiple deformities of the legs and spent my infancy in casts and splints), and a number of collections of Western American literature. I was poetry co-editor of Quarry West from 1988 through 1991, and the revision editor for the current critical edition of The Grapes of Wrath. I co-edited and wrote one essay for Beyond Boundaries: Rereading John Steinbeck, and I edited and wrote the introduction to The Essential Mary Austin. I have been a founding member of the editorial boards of three journals dedicated to the life and works of Steinbeck. In 1996, Kevin Starr asked me to donate my papers to the California State Library. In 2005, I received a grant from the Book Club of California and the Burkhardt Award as the year's Outstanding Steinbeck Scholar. That year I was also a participant in the National Endowment for the Humanities' Summer Institute on the Redemptive West at the Huntington Library, gave a guest lecture for Stanford's Homecoming Weekend. In 2006, I ran for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives on a platform calling for the impeachment of George W. Bush. I am also one of the original voices of Santa Clara University's California Legacy Series Radio Anthology--on the air at www.californialegacy.org and broadcast daily on KAZU-FM in Pacific Grove and KALW-FM in San Francisco. I am a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University's Bill Lane Center for the American West.
The Brothers Karamazov
My Father Knew Brando, and Other Experiments in Method History
Of Race and Men: Race, Ethnicity and Eugenics in the Life and Works of John Steinbeck
I, je, yo, and ich
Heyday Books of Berkeley
Ahsahta Press of Boise State University
University of Alabama Press
The Heyday Institute
The California Legacy Project of Santa Clara University
City Arts of San Mateo
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