I, Jamie Berger, plan to update this bio any day now, and take it out of third person. What lies below is seven years old. I now write and teach and tutor in various places and co-own a bar-restaurant in Turners Falls, MA called The Rendezvous. The dog in the picture, dear Bo, died in 2006. I am married to Anja Schutz and we have two other dogs, Mario and Kono, and two cats, Mec and Pretzel. The hair in the picture is grayer now.
Jamie Berger moved to San Francisco from New York in 1992 after finishing a masters degree in poetry. In Summer 2005 he moved back east again, where he is pursuing an MFA in fiction at UMass Amherst.
In the ‘90s, his two monologues “Knowing the Questions” and “Regrets Only” had extended runs in both San Francisco and New York. The San Francisco Bay Guardian dubbed him “the SF everyman of the ‘90s.” He never knew what that meant then; what, exactly, that makes him in the new millennium is a question he wrestles with daily. He was a longtime member of OnSite Dance Company. He also co-founded and edited Sportsgeekmagazine.com.
Mr. Berger, who really isn’t terribly fond of writing about himself in the third person, was born in 1964 and raised in Albany, NY. He got his BA from Columbia and his MA from City College of New York, if you're impressed by that sort of thing.
His writing has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeneys.net, The Sun Magazine, The Chicago Reader, Negative Capability, Columbia Magazine, Planet Magazine, The Wave, 7x7 Magazine, Gettingit.com, In Posse Review, Watchword, Devil in the Woods, West Coast Performer, et cetera. His essay “Peep Show,” is anthologized in Flesh for Fantasy: Producing and Consuming Exotic Dance. His first book, Bo’s Arts was published in June 2006 by Evil Twin Publications.
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