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, and I also edit, with Zoe Zolbrod, the Sunday page of the Rumpus. 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 — and I am currently a Cycle 3 fellow with the Social Justice News Nexus project, housed at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism.
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, and tend bar occasionally at the Hideout. Come by sometime and say hello.