I was born in southeast Virginia to an aircraft maintenance logistician and a nurse technician. I grew up in a suburban neighborhood a half-mile from the Atlantic Ocean. I enjoyed books, Nintendo, and undersupervised access to the nascent Internet.

By 17, I'd focused all my attention on music, but by 20, that had led me to rediscover my childhood love of language and writing.

In between my nonconsecutive terms at Virginia Tech, I moved to Richmond, Los Angeles, and Norfolk. In 2020, I proudly received my B.A..

I now live in Blacksburg, VA with my wife. I like literature, accumulating guitars, rock music, 20th century and contemporary art, sports, and the Financial Times.

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