I 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. With Belt I’ve published three books of my own. My features and essays have also 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 the managing editor of South Side Weekly, a nonprofit newspaper dedicated to supporting culture and civic engagement on Chicago’s South Side.
Beyond writing and editing, I’m involved with a handful of other long-running projects. I am an ensemble member with Chicago’s Theater Oobleck, and 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.
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