I grew up in a Hebrew-speaking home in New York. For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by language, culture, and belief.

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My writing has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Gulf Coast, Partisan Review, Poets & Writers, A Public Space and The Wilson Quarterly.

I have worked as a travel columnist for The International Jerusalem Post and as a poetry columnist for BarnesandNoble.com. I now teach at Columbia College Chicago, where I direct the graduate program in nonfiction, and I am a contributing editor at A Public Space.

My first book, The Grammar of God: A Journey Into the Words and Worlds of the Bible, will be published on September 8, 2015 by Spiegel & Grau. It is about the experience of reading the Bible in English after an entire life of reading it in Hebrew.