All You Need to Know About Me



I was born in Kansas, was raised in Wisconsin, consider myself a Minnesotan, and currently live in Kentucky. I occasionally teach college English but mostly I write essays on popular culture, fantasy fiction, and poetry.

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In 2003, I walked away from the University of Notre Dame with a MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry). All the poetry I write is entirely unreadable.

During National Novel Writing Month in November 2014, I wrote the first book in a non-magic fantasy series I had been imagining. I decided to self-publish.

Since then I’ve written more books in the series (Ascendant Realms): 

Adversaries Together 




The Punishment Hand

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I’m casually profane, a feminist, a radical pacifist, and a Green socialist with a complicated relationship with Leon Trotsky.

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I’m a movie lover, cartoon geek, beer snob, music obsessive, quixotic philosopher, and irregular adjunct English professor.


I tweet a lot (@misanthropester), read a lot, and am always looking for a new conversation.

All you need to know


2 thoughts on “All You Need to Know About Me

  1. I would love to hear more about your ND MFA experience. Also, did you post my Meet the Writer feature of Kim Koga on Reddit? I tried to join the site so I could share more posts because I got a lot of hits from Kim being on there, but I was officially banned from /r/literature for being a “spammer” two days after I created a Reddit account…I’ve been lingering on there for years with no account, so I thought I was taking a big step. I have a hate/it’s okay relationship with Reddit.

    • Yeah, that was me sharing the Koga feature. Reddit is weird. They call any sharing of your own stuff spam & love to ban folks for it (though they do nothing about harassment or hate-speech), even if you’ve shared a whole lot of other stuff that’s not your own writing. This is my way of saying that I’ve just been banned too by the same logic you were. It’s painfully stupid sometimes, especially when you just want to share neat stuff. But Reddit encourages comments (ie, vitriol) rather than signal boosting or aggregation.

      My time at ND was rather scattered. I took a leave of absence after my first year in the MFA, worked, then came back to finish, had thesis drama, and then finally got my MFA the year after I should have. Back then I was Daniel Sumrall (when I married I took my wife’s name). If you want to chat more, send me an email or DM– or over on Twitter, @misanthropester.

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