I am a writer and editor based in Chicago, and the senior acquisitions editor for regional trade books at the University of Illinois Press.  I’ve published three nonfiction anthologies of my own, and edited many others. My features and essays have appeared in Buzzfeed, the Chicago Reader, the Chicago Reporter, the Chicago Tribune, Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism,  PRI/The World, Eater, the Baffler, and other outlets. I’m also a senior editor with South Side Weekly, a nonprofit newspaper dedicated to supporting culture and civic engagement on Chicago’s South Side, a co-owner of the independent press Belt Publishing, and the founder of the long running community meal project Soup & Bread. My narrative cookbook, Soup & Bread Cookbook: Building Community One Pot at a time, is currently out in its second edition.

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