A Massachusetts-born writer and poet, he is known for his PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award-winning poetry collection, Some Ether (2000). His popular 2004 memoir, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, was adapted into a film.
During his teenage years, he coped with both his father's incarceration and his mother's suicide. He subsequently studied creative writing at New York University.
In 2008, he published a play entitled Alice Invents a Little Game and Alice Always Wins.
He married actress
He is the husband of actress Lili Taylor.