___2013_Vladimir_Bukalo_7399Bridge was raised in Buffalo, New York. This experience not only gave him a high threshold for pain, but it left him as a hopeless optimist. He went to Bowdoin College, where he graduated with an A.B. in History and Biology – but mostly he discovered his love for the state of Maine. After college, he worked several commercial fishing boats on both coasts, including on a processing ship in the Aleutians, a Maine lobsterboat, and on a longliner on the Grand Banks. He’s been fortunate enough to have gone on several life-changing outdoor adventures, which ranged from canoeing the Ohio River to a winter thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail and, lastly, to rowing the Erie Canal in a wooden Monhegan skiff.

Bridge received a Masters of Education from Lesley University and became a teacher. Over the course of his twenty years in the classroom, he was blessed to teach amazing students in the one room schoolhouse on Monhegan Island, ME, at Sidwell Friends School in Washington D.C., and at the Breakwater School in Portland. But in 2014, he took a leap of faith to follow his passion for writing to try and become a published writer. He lives on an island off the Maine coast with his wife, their two daughters, and a dog named Twilight. When he’s not writing, he’s taking people out for charters on his lobsterboat.


Photo from Charles Vandersluys



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8 thoughts on “About

  1. Ray Duchette says:

    Congratulations can’t wait to buy a copy

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  2. mj says:

    So How do we get our hands on that book? Congratulations!!! mj & alex

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  3. Ursula says:

    Really awesome honor to have been part of your journey

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  4. ab carneal says:

    Excellent to see this, Bridge! I’ll look forward to more. Greetings from across the hall or the coast as it were.

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  5. Eva Classon Morrill says:

    Congratulations!! Annikas’ birthday coming up so I will send one copy to her. She is a writer herself. Best of luck/Eva

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  6. Kate Putnam says:

    Congratulations Bridge! Looking forward to reading Hauling Through this weekend!

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  7. Andrew Auerbach says:

    Amazing to see and read all you have done since our humble days in Moore Hall, Bridge.

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  8. Thomas Urquhart says:

    Hello Peter, Do you have an email address?


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Hauling Through
Kestrel Cove is a tight-knit community of hardworking and hardheaded characters who are dedicated to catching lobsters. But there is one thing that makes the fishing town unique: the residents earnestly believe that a Russian satellite cruises overhead every night to spy on them. When Jamie Kurtz, an underachieving graduate from a nearby private college, gets a job on a Kestrel Cove lobsterboat, he’s closely watched and talked about, but not included. As he shares their moments of happiness and sadness, he’s gradually accepted as one of their own. In the process, he not only finds true love, but what it feels like to belong to something bigger than himself. Ultimately, he’s faced with the most difficult decision of his life – to stay or to go. Perhaps he should let the satellite decide what is best!



But I Digress is the collection of twenty nonfiction stories that highlight my life between middle school, college, and the post college years. Although long-forgotten and even slightly repressed, I began telling these very tales to my students to entertain them during their lunch times, and they became the stuff of legends. The stories include the last time I went trick-or-treating as a teenager in Buffalo, swimming in a sewer in Ohio, learning to call alligators in Florida, committing mutiny on a longliner on the Grand Banks, getting thrown off by a farting horse, pooping my pants in London, being beaten up by the local paperboy, receiving my first tattoo as a sixteen year old, getting and then losing Dizzy Gillespie’s autograph, meeting the last Mohican in Providence, hiking the Appalachian Trail, working on a lobster wharf and on an offshore lobsterboat in Rhode Island, surviving a stint on a processing ship in the Aleutian Islands, and a whole host of other bad decisions that I’ve made over the years that I have, somehow, lived to tell about.

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