Stephen is a 4th generation Vermonter from the fabled Northeast Kingdom. He received a Master’s in English from Tufts University after completing their pre-med program. He has deep compassion for the underprivileged in our society from his many years of practicing surgery in rural New England, and previously, as a police officer. He has been mentored by poets X. J. Kennedy, Denise Levertov, and Galway Kinnell, as well as by novelists Jennifer Finney Boylan and Howard Frank Mosher. He has published five books, including: two novels-CLIFF WALKING, and its sequel, LIFE ON A CLIFF; TIES THAT BIND US - A VERMONT SHORT STORY COLLECTION; and RIDING MY GUITAR-THE RICK NORCROSS STORY. Stephen is active in the League of Vermont Writers and has successfully promoted his books through years of book events, radio and TV appearances, regional newspaper coverage, and social media. Through sales and appearances, he raises money and awareness for charitable organizations.