I was born in a small Pennsylvania town just after the Second World War,
and after a quintessentailly ordinary and uneventful childhood, I grew up, became an
English teacher, and moonlighted as an electrician, a stagehand, a motion
picture projectionist, a climbing and skiing instructor, a township
road worker, an advertising copywriter and creative director, and a
public address sports announcer. I eventually retired from teaching
high school English in another Pennsylvania town not fifty miles from
where I started out. I live and write in Williamsport, PA, surrounded
by my wife, cartoonist Karen Choate-Bassett and three cats.
What I do
I write. Since the early Seventies, I've published fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, two novels (Marjorie and Ramona's Home), and two chapbooks of poems (Possum Love and Other Poems and Northern Tier.)Ramona's Home, my latest novel, is available on Kindle. • for more on this, see "The Writing Life" page • to buy copies of my books, see the "Buy books here" page
I perform. I travel the highways and byways of Central and Northcentral Pennsylvania with my "got poetry?" show, reading and discussing my poetry in coffeehouses, schools, libraries, and galleries.
For information on my "got poetry?" readings and workshops, see the "Programs" page
I teach. After spending thirty-plus years as a high school English teacher and almost as many years plying the writing trade, I've been combining those skill sets in writing workshops and master classes for aspiring writers of all ages. Most of my "got poetry?" performances include some writing experiences for participants, but I also offer writing workshops, master classes, and writing residencies.
For information on my writing workshops, master classes, and writing residencies, see the "Programs" page
The easiest way to contact me about all of my programs is to drop me an email line at email@example.com. I'll answer questions, provide information, offer suggestions on how my programs can benefit any group or institution