While serving in the navy, Kurt earned an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Maryland and a graduate degree in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma.
In 1998, he took a hiatus from his regular navy duties as a navy telecommunications specialist to attend the U. S. military’s Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute. The institute is little known to most but is internationally renowned to those in the human relations field.
Upon graduation, Kurt was certified as a Navy Equal Opportunity Adviser and assigned the responsibilities of providing diversity management training and equal opportunity consultation and assistance to navy personnel throughout the navy’s Western Pacific area of operations.
Much of this work focused on awareness and outreach seminars in an effort to mitigate the harassment and abuse that resulted from the confusion and resentment surrounding the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy.
His assignment as an EOA was one of the most challenging, and rewarding, assignments of his navy career, and it served as the impetus behind much of his early writing, particularly his novel INSIDE THE SKIN and his short story “Leave.”
The author of three novels, one short story collection, two books of poetry, and one little book of inspiration, Kurt, in pursuit of new literary challenges, adapted his short story Leave into a screenplay in the summer of 2015. In October 2016, Leave was filmed and produced in Los Angeles with an amazing cast and crew. It premiered at the LA Femme Film Festival in October 2018.
Kurt is not a fan of the soul-sapping effort writing takes, but he does rather enjoy blogging, or, as he prefers to refer to it as, surmising with aplomb and nary remorse. While doing so, he likes to wax poetic, overshare poorly lit photographs of his rather large and wily yet devout and loveable Plott Hounds Aurelius and Zeno, and every now and again, if he can muster up the courage, venture naively into commentary on all our pretty yet petulant planet’s perplexing problems, political and/or otherwise.
When not telling stories, reading, or being managed by Zeno & Aurelius, he often wanders down to the bottom of his hill to walk along the countryside’s many rushing creeks and silent still ponds.
He likes it there down by the water…
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