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, a novel (Marjorie), and two chapbooks of poems (Possum Love and Other Poems and Northern Tier.)My latest novel, Ramona's Home, is now 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've been traveling the highways and byways of Central and Northcentral Pennsylvania for the past several years with my "got poetry?" show, taking my poetry to 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, I've expanded my teaching horizons to include teacher training (with my standards-based "Real Writing, Real Results" program for reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills improvement across the curriculum), and writing workshops and master classes for aspiring writers of all ages.
For information on my programs for teachers, see the "Programs" page
The easiest way to contact me about all of my programs is to drop me an email line at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll answer questions, provide information, offer suggestions on how my programs can benefit any group or institution