I am a writer and editor based in Chicago. Currently, I am editor in chief of Belt magazine, producing independent journalism for the Rust Belt. My features and essays have also appeared in the Chicago Reader, TimeOut Chicago, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, Bookforum, the Christian Century, the Washington Post, the Rumpus, and the Baffler. I am also a company member with Chicago’s Theater Oobleck, and in 2015-2016 I was a fellow with the Social Justice News Nexus project, housed at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. Now I’m working on a haunted house.
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.