I’m a journalist, essayist, poet and novelist (basically, a WRITER of almost all trades), as well as a feminist, social justice activist, eco-warrior, animal lover and all-around iconoclast.

Born and raised in Brooklyn by my blue collar Irish Catholic family, I now call the Boston area home. When I’m not writing, I spend my free time reading, cooking (& eating) vegetarian dishes , enjoying music, watching movies, discussing politics, volunteering, hiking up mountains and around the woods of New England and hanging out with my awesome cats (see below). I have a B.A. in English and journalism from SUNY New Paltz and a Master’s degree in natural resources and environmental policy from the University of Vermont.

For the past two years I was a regular reporter and columnist for the financial news website MainStreet.com and its parent publication, The Street, where I covered issues related to the environment, student loan debt, the gender wage gap and rising income inequality between the classes. My articles for The Street have often been the most viewed, commented and shared on the site the given week they were posted and have subsequently been featured in other media outlets including Yahoo Finance, MSN, Business Insider and The Fiscal Times.

In addition to my work for The Street/Main Street, I’ve written for The AtlanticThe Guardian, DAMESalon, Al-Jazeera America, E Magazine, Earth Island Journal, BioSciencethe New York Daily News, ScienceZ Magazine, the Pulitzer prize-winning InsideClimateNews.com and several local and regional publications. My reportage for Salon has been syndicated in Alternet, as well as covered by Jezebel, Bustle and the Young Turks Network. In the past, I have been a regular contributing writer for Spare Change News and the New England Press award-winning bimonthly magazine Vermont Woman.

I am presently in the process of completing a collection of loosely connected personal essays, The Drug Addict’s Daughter. An excerpt from one of my essays, “Don’t You DARE,” was published in Salon in March 2014 and another essay was published in Narrative.ly for their Mommy Dearest series for mother’s day week, 2015. Other essays related to the project have appeared in VOXModern Loss and The Manifest-Station. UPDATE: As of May 2016, I am now represented by Jane Dystel of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management, who was also the agent for Barack Obama’s Dreams of my Father.

I am an associate editor at Under the Sun, a literary journal of creative nonfiction that has received recognition from the Best American Essays series every year since its inception in 1996.

My friend, musician Anda Volley, wrote a song for me last year that hit #1 on Soundcloud’s alt rock category–Laura Inside the Ghost Machine.

Oh yeah, and my last name means “pebble” in German.

sam and cokey