Brian is currently teaching English and creative writing at the high school level. He is a graduate of the College of Saint Rose (M.S in Education), the University at Albany (B.A. in English), and Hudson Valley Community College (A.A. in Liberal Arts). In 1998, Brian was awarded a $1,500 scholarship from Hudson Valley Community College for a sample of creative writing he submitted. Brian has published a critical essay "An Examination of Classroom Writing" for an educational journal published through the University at Albany English Dept. He has had a short story "The Golden Mile" published in a literary magazine Spell for Rain, and several editorial articles published in the Times Union newspaper.
Brian was a founding member of the Saint Rose Creative Writing Club. Additionally, Brian was invited to attend the New York State Writers Institute, where he studied under 1984 Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist William Kennedy (Ironweed), Russell Banks (Continental Drift), Jay McInerney (Bright Lights Big City), Elizabeth Benedict, Ed Schwarzschild (Responsible Men), and others.
This past year, Brian participated in a six-part conference on improving student literacy and teaching reading/writing. He worked with the 2008 Capital Region Writing Project`s Summer Institute, where he earned certification to lead professional development conferences on teaching writing in New York State secondary schools. In September 2008, Brian was selected to participate in a Master`s Level Fiction class taught by 2007 National Book Award Finalist Lydia Davis (Varieties of Disturbance: Stories).
Brian has applied three years of hands-on experience in the automobile industry to shape and authenticate his characters and story. The novel is the product of over six years of interviews and ongoing research regarding the ever-evolving business of selling cars to the buying public. He has already had his novel read, edited, and reviewed by William Kennedy, Lydia Davis, and Hollis Seamon (Body Work), and has corresponded with these accomplished authors at great length.
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