The Poet & The Murderer


The Poet and the Murderer, published in 2002 by Dutton in the USA and 4th. Estate in the U.K – and by Emecee, in Spain –  is my first book. It grew out of a feature article originally commissioned by Harper’s magazine. After many twists and turns, it was eventually published in The Paris Review ( New York ) and The Guardian Weekend ( London). It is currently ( October, 2009) being turned into a screenplay by London-based screenwriter, Lorrie Sheehy.

The untold story behind the story – how the chance discovery of an article in The New York Times about a forged Emily Dickinson poem led me on a thrilling, two year investigative odyssey, which ended at the gates of a remote prison in Utah, where forger and double-murderer, Mark Hofmann, spends his days playing chess and writing ( bad) poetry; and how, in an age where laywers and advertisers have more power than editors, the original article was nearly not published at all out of fear of litigation by Sotheby’s – will become the subject of an extended blog beginning here in October, 2009. Stay tuned ….