About Eli


I am a father, author, psychotherapist and anti-fascist (not necessarily in that order always), living in Seattle with my auto-didact gardener love, Amanda, and my brilliant son, Pax. Through both my published books you can see how the sorrows of trauma, its attendant struggles, including addiction have affected those that I’ve loved the most. Because of this I completed my MA in psych, and became a psychotherapist focusing on T/trauma, especially early childhood abuse and sexual assault. I see clients through my practice at Changing Stories Counseling, part of the pack at Puget Sound Psychotherapy. I also hold an MFA from UNC at Wilmington and writing is still part and parcel of what do in my work as a counselor.

Down with the fascist amerikan regime!


  • My latest book, Clearly Now, the Rain: A Memoir of Love and Other Trips, was published by ECW Press in May 2013.
  • My first book, Falling Room (2006), a memoir/essay collection, was published in the American Lives Series at the University of Nebraska Press.
  • I earned an MFA and taught Creative Nonfiction and English courses at the UNC at Wilmington.
  • My fiction and nonfiction has appeared in: Rivendell, Third Coast, Cimarron Review,Pinyon, Whetstone, Alligator Juniper, Pedestal Magazine, the Seattle Review,Wandering Army, The Tulane Review, Blood Lotus, R.kv.r.y, Flashquake, 580 Split, YES! Magazine and 10,000 Tons of Black Ink, Lightship Anthology 2 , The Rumpus , Huffpost Good News and  The Weeklings. 
  • I’ve been anthologized in Men Speak Out (Routledge Press, UK, 2007), AmericanLives: A Reader (University of Nebraska Press, edited by Tobias Wolff, 2010), Show & Tell: Writers on Writing (University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2009) and will appear in 10,000 Tons of Black Ink “Best Of” Volume II.

Awards and Accolades:

  • Selected and profiled as one of “13 Artists Poised to Shape the Future of Arts in the Northwest in 2013” in the Seattle Times and KUOW.
  • Three times nominated for a Pushcart Prize, once for the essay “Sky” that I placed with Third Coast, for my short story “Ghost Train” at 10,000 Tons of Black Ink and most recently for “Cafe Racer: America” in Chataqua Literary Journal.
  • The essay, “Falling Room,” at Alligator Juniper won their nonfiction contest.
  • I’ve also had several honorable mentions and runner up accolades, but you know about horseshoes and hand grenades.

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