My American dream was writing in a motel in downtown Los Angeles about the
people I met there. Growing up near London, I was drawn by the truths writers
like Kate Braverman and Charles Bukowski found on LA's streets. I did write about marginalized American lives but in Salt Lake City, Utah, rather
than Venice Beach, and long-form pieces for an alternative weekly, rather than
short stories. On Salt Lakes streets, I met street sex workers, the undocumented and the homeless, and others on the fringes of American life.
Now I tell stories in a podcast about nurses in a COVID-19 unit caring for the
What I've learned from my American dream: the courage and resilience of so
many unheralded lives are the golden threads stitching a realm together.