I am a writer and editor based in Chicago. From 1998 to 2007 I was an editor and staff writer for the Chicago Reader, and my features and essays have also appeared in Time Out Chicago, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, Bookforum, the Christian Century, the Washington Post, the Rumpus, and the Baffler. In 2009 I started the 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. It’s so far been well received. I am also a company member with Chicago’s Theater Oobleck, managing editor of the journal Opera Quarterly, associate managing editor of Plate magazine, and tend bar at the Hideout on Wednesday afternoons. Come by and say hi if you’re in the neighborhood.