I was born in Chicago and raised in its suburbs.

Around the time I received my B.A. in English from Columbia, I met my husband and decided to stay in New York City. I worked for a year as a paralegal for Harlem Legal Services before landing the job I’d always dreamed of: newspaper reporter. After a year at the East Hampton (N.Y.) Star, I spent the next 10 years as a general news reporter, health and science reporter/columnist, and finally night city editor for the daily Staten Island Advance. 

After that, I moved into the non-profit world, where I’m currently working with a team of dedicated, creative people at the Center for Court Innovation, where we are striving to make the justice system more fair. As Director of Communications, I produce videos, podcasts, and written reports.

I married my husband twice–once in the days before gay marriage was legal and again after it was. Somewhere in between the two ceremonies, we adopted our son, earning the titles that matter most to us: “Dad” and “Pop.”

My writing has appeared in numerous publications, from The New York Times to the literary journal Thema. A book I wrote when I was trying to make a go as a freelance writer, The Jury System, was singled out for excellence by the New York Public Library. I’ve received recognition from The Missouri Review for an audio essay about a babysitter I had when I was a kid, and my videos (like this one) have been honored by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. My video about formerly incarcerated members of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation in Oklahoma was an official selection of the American Indian Film Festival.

As host of New Books in Science Fiction on the popular New Books Network, I have interviewed dozens of wonderful authors about their work. (Some of those  interviews–like this one–have been featured on Literary Hub). I am also the author of the science fiction novels The Alternate Universe and its sequel, The Escape.

Praise for the Podcast

It’s such a pleasure to talk about UNKINDNESS with someone who’d thought so deeply about the world of the book.

Rivers Solomon, author of AN UNKINDNESS OF GHOSTS


Praise for The Alternate Universe

If I ever travel to an alternate universe, I want Claude and Carolien along for the ride. They’re tough, resourceful, and fun—perfect companions for a journey through space-time.

—Carolyn Turgeon, author of MERMAID and editor-in-chief of Faerie Magazine

Rob Wolf gives us an alternate universe where a lot is different but some things remain the same: guys still get crushes and fall in love… and friends are willing to go to the end of time for one another. Fast-paced and incredibly smart, you will never look at life in quite the same way again.

—Jennifer Belle, author of GOING DOWN and HIGH MAINTENANCE