About Vertical Lift

I grew up on Cleveland’s west side, went to University School for high school, then received a BA with a major in Writing Composition from Denison University. While at Denison, I studied under David Baker, Dean of the English Department and winner of the Midland Poetry Prize for Sweet Home Saturday Night. I was Co-Editor of the Denisonian, and Poetry Editor for Exile literary magazine. I was one of three to win the Annie MacNeil Poetry Prize, and was also awarded first place in the faculty-judged Best Personal Essay contest.

After graduation, I moved from Cleveland to Washington, DC, where I invested three years in the writing of a novel that was destroyed when my hard drive crashed and floppies incurred fatal injuries. Following a brief period of mourning, I started Animals in the Clouds, for which I am currently seeking representation. In 2000, an illness in the family drew me back to Cleveland, where I founded VerticalLift, a web design company that also offers hosting services. I have written hundreds of poems—several of which are accessible on this site—and also enjoy painting.

Feel free to contact me by email or call 216.650.1665 if you are interested in web design/hosting services, reserving a copy of Animals in the Clouds, or commissioning a portrait.

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