More About Craig

Craig is a graduate of the University of Akron School of Music earning a master’s degree in music theory. He also holds diplomas in English Language and Literature and journalism. In 2020, he earned a certificate in Writing for Young Readers.

He is a teacher, writer, photographer, chef, music and movie reviewer living in Japan.

As a writer, Craig has published articles on Japanese life and culture in both Japanese and English. He has twice been named as a semi-finalist in an International Poetry Competition. He is the author of more than 2,000 blog posts.

In 2020, he was awarded honorable mention for his short-short in the Fifth Writers in Kyoto-Kyoto Writing Competition. The annual competition is highly competitive with entries received from around the globe. (Read it here.)

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In October 2020, Craig published “The Case of the Vanishing Vixens” (US link) part of his Kyoto Soup Opera Mysteries series. It was number one in female sleuths and mystery on Amazon Japan!

A dystopian-tinged story with scenes set in a surreal, slightly alternate universe Kyoto, Japan and small town America provides the perfect backdrop for a female character-focused drama and a well-paced story of suspense. Light on gore, heavy on imagination, relationships, action, and misdirection…

“How’s your ramen?”

“Rich characters weave a fascinating tapestry of very international, intercultural relationships that give it an almost dystopian feel.”- From PG

Craig has also written or edited documents for government emergency procedures and done translation work for several international companies in Japan.

He is the author of three novels including the American LGBT-Christian-themed family life novel “No ‘Moore’ Mess.” It debuted number one in “Coming of Age Fiction” and “Lesbian Fiction” on Amazon Japan in 2020!

As well, he published “Grey, Grizzled, And Gaijin: On Life, Living, And Deep Thinking In Japan.” It is a very popular collection of essays on expat life, motivation, and philosophy.

Craig is the author of two popular short stories “The Tempo of Tempura” and “Carl Crapper-Town Poop Scooper.”

He also the author of the well regarded “Making Time For Him” a mini-Bible and philosophy course.

Craig dipped back into his music and theatre roots to write his first play “The Closet Clowns.” It has been described as “Sharp, witty, and fantastic…”

As a photographer, Craig’s photographs have been featured in magazine and internet publications both in Japan and abroad.

Craig has spent time studying French, Italian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, and Japanese cooking styles. He has given cooking classes and clinics in Japan featuring aspects of fusion cooking. He has written several reviews of restaurants and bars in the Kansai area, and he is considered by many an expert in the local restaurant scene.

Craig has given 100s of hours of lectures on a variety of cultural topics. These lectures have focused on politics, economics, current events, and American-Japanese comparative discussions, among others.

Finally, as an entertainer and vocalist, Craig has performed in clubs, bars, and jazz festivals in the Kansai area of Japan. Among these many performances, recently, he performed with Hikari Matsumoto a professional traditional Japanese singer who has toured extensively throughout Europe and Japan.

She remarked; after his most recent performance that, “Craig is a silky-smooth voice talent and a joy to perform with.”

Craig is also active in directing, writing, and performing in local children’s community theatre.