An American fiction author, essayist, and poet, he is best known for his work, Angle of Yaw, which was a 2006 finalist for the National Book Award. His debut novel, Leaving the Atocha Station, was nominated for a Los Angeles Times first book award.
He attended Brown University, earning a bachelor's degree in political theory and a master's of fine arts degree in poetry. Early in his career, he received the
He taught at Brooklyn College after leaving the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh.
He was raised in Topeka, Kansas. His mother, Harriet Lerner, was a famous psychologist.
He named his novel, Leaving the Atocha Station, after a John Ashbery poem.