Optimism One is a writer from Modesto, California. He holds degrees from the University of California at Berkeley (B.A.), California State University at Stanislaus (M.A.), and Sierra Nevada College (M.F.A.), now the University of Nevada at Reno—Lake Tahoe. He teaches writing full-time at Modesto Junior College.
Op, which is what most people call him, has a new essay in Brevity: A Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction, and he has completed a memoir manuscript, Goodbye, Suicide: A Love Story. Parts of that manuscript have already been published:
“Goodbye, Suicide” in Show Me All Your Scars: True Stories of Living with Mental Illness, In Fact Books, 2016
“Dead Body Language” in The Normal School, Fall 2016
“Writing with Iron” in Writers’ Stories in Motion: Healing, Joy, and Triumph, Peter Lang Publishing, 2020
For fun, the author is working on a novel called Everyday Joe.
A summer nomad with his wife Cortney, he has visited twenty-two countries, completed two Iron Man triathlons, and played guitar (and sometimes sung) in countless rock, alternative, and punk bands.