Tony is a former Community College English instructor and, previously, a course developer and instructor at Verizon Directory Services. He earned B. A. in communications/media studies from the University of Massachusetts, and an M. A. in English from Salem State College. He enjoys writing fiction and narrative poetry and draws from his experiences growing up in the blue-collar streets of East Boston. His poems have appeared in The Best of Poetry Hickory Reading Series. He is working on a series of short stories to appear under the collective title Tales from the Stoop, to be published in 2019.