Meet My Main Characters: The Namesake

MAJOR PLAYERS A poet, artist, and college professor, I wrote The Namesake, one of Merit Press’s debut titles. In one course I teach, Studies in Young Adult Fiction, we discuss key YA elements, including the struggle for autonomy and the search for self, just two factors needed in a living, breathing YA protagonist. Another crucial […]

The Reviews Are Coming In!

August 1, 2013: International Sensation, Bitsy Bling, loves THE NAMESAKE! Read her beautifully-written review here: And here’s a link to the Amazon Customer Review Page with several terrific reviews from readers: Book Blogger, Dayla FM posted a terrific review of THE NAMESAKE. Read it on her blog, where she ranked it as the #2 book […]

Welcome to the Journey

It’s been a swervy road from there to here, including stops along the way as an art student, waiter, quality manager (ugh), actor, and freelance graphic designer. Husband of Janet, proud father of Ben and Jillian, I’m a published poet, artist and teacher. My young adult novel, THE NAMESAKE, was released by new YA imprint, […]

Life Lessons

As a poet, I tend to be leery of explanations; often that perfect last line is my desperate attempt to guarantee the reader gets it, that the message is clear. In such cases, I hear the voice of my dear friend and teacher, Edwina Trentham, advising me to “Trust the poem.” Almost always, that perfect […]

Book Launch! January 18, 2013

Pinch me! I still can’t believe that was real. Ede and Dan from Joh Bale Book Company were gracious enough to host the party for the release of my novel, THE NAMESAKE. Though it was a chilly January night, it was a truly fantastic evening. I was awed and honored by the turnout, which included […]

Merit Press Release Page

So, Jacquelyn Mitchard, Editor-in-Chief of Merit Press released some information about the new imprint. Read about it here!

Excavating Evan

Evan Galloway, the protagonist of The Namesake, has been a part of my life for over ten years. At times, he was my primary focus, pushing aside flesh-and-blood folks, demanding to be heard. There were also dormant stretches when I was unable – or perhaps unwilling – to listen. His has not been an easy […]

The Tassy Walden Experience

The Tassy Walden Awards for New Voices in Children’s Literature, sponsored by the CT Shoreline Arts Alliance, are a phenomenal opportunity for CT writers and illustrators of children’s and young adult literature. The great thing about the Tassys is that they provide unpublished artists and writers the chance to have their work seen and judged […]

CT Shoreline Announcement

From Doe Boyle of The Tassy Walden Committee Tassy Friends and Shoreline Writing Folk: Especially if you heard him read the astonishing first chapter of his YA novel at the Tassy 2011 award ceremony, you will recall Steven Parlato, the winner in the 2011 YA category of the Tassy Walden Award for New Voices in […]

The Namesake is on its way!

Available January 18, 2013! Pre-order NOW from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or pretty much any online bookseller! Amazon Barnes And Noble Hey everyone, My novel has been officially announced on Publisher’s Marketplace! The publishing house, Merit Press, is a brand new imprint of F+W Media, publishers of Writers Digest, the Everything book series, and popular […]

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