About the Author

I'm a writer of fiction and nonfiction, equally fascinated by nature and technology, arts and sciences. Even while I worked as an engineer in the IT field, I was writing fiction and pursuing an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. My stories, articles, and essays have appeared in The American Scholar, Bellevue Literary Review, Creative Nonfiction, Isthmus, New Ohio Review, Orion, The ProgressiveSeneca ReviewThe Southern Review, and other publications. I'm the author of a book on sustainable living, The Human-Powered Home, and bestselling college textbooks on computer networking. I've been awarded residencies at Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, Mesa Refuge, and Norcroft writer's retreats, and I recently completed a novel.

I also built a house of mud bricks and reclaimed timbers with my partner David on our property in rural Wisconsin. Soon after building the house (and a yurt and a straw-bale workshop), we co-founded community radio station WDRT in the nearby city of Viroqua. I've served on the boards of various arts and environmental organizations; currently I have the pleasure of being on the board of River Alliance of Wisconsin, the state's premier water advocacy group, and the Driftless Writing Center.