Grew up reading the Little, Brown Handbook for pleasure. Segued into academic overachiever with a pedantic streak. Crowned “Best Letter Writer” at Camp Greenbrier, 1983. Learned the words “sartorial” and “scatological” at roughly the same time and was briefly in danger of confusing the two. Yale, B.A. in English. Washington University in St. Louis, M.F.A. in Writing. Refuses to use the word “punster” to describe self, despite its accuracy. Lived briefly in Jerusalem, Santa Fe, and Cody, Wyoming before landing in Berkeley. Wrote and performed an autobiographical one-woman show. Once. And possibly never again. Successfully transitioned from pink to orange as ironic accessory color of choice. Chocolate cake. Puppies. Chocolate cake. Puppies. Chocolate cake.