2013.10.28_Marth_Bayne-3725I am a writer and editor based in Chicago, and a senior editor with Cleveland-based Belt Publishing, producing independent books and journalism for the Rust Belt. Rust Belt Chicago, an anthology of essays, poetry, and short fiction which I edited, was published by Belt in August 2017. My features and essays have also appeared in Buzzfeed, the Chicago ReaderCrain’s Chicago Business, the Chicago Tribune, the Rumpus, the Baffler, and Latterly magazine, among other outlets. For the spring of 2017 I was also a team leader with City Bureau, reporting on the West Side of Chicago, and I’m currently on staff part-time with the Medill School of Journalism’s Social Justice News Nexus program.

Beyond writing and editing, I’m involved with a handful of other long-running projects. In 2009 I started the ongoing Soup & Bread series of hunger-relief fundraisers at Chicago’s Hideout bar and music venue, and in 2011 Evanston-based independent press Agate Publishing released my Soup & Bread Cookbook: Building Community One Pot at a Time, a narrative cookbook combining recipes from Soup & Bread with stories exploring the wide-ranging social functions of soup.

I am also a member of Theater Oobleck’s artistic ensemble, with whom I have worked on a wide range of projects, most recently as technical director of Closed Casket, 2017’s Baudelaire in a Box festival. Oobleck will produce A Memory Palace of Fear, an immersive theater project qua haunted house I developed with visual artist Andrea Jablonski, in October 2017.

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