About

Photo: Jason Creps

I am a writer and editor based in Chicago. Currently, I am a senior editor with Belt publishing, producing independent books and journalism for the Rust Belt– among them Rust Belt Chicago: An Anthology, edited by me and due out August 10, 2017.  My features and essays have also appeared in the Chicago Reader, Crain’s Chicago Business, the Chicago Tribune, Bookforum, the Rumpus, the Baffler, and Latterly magazine, among other national and regional outlets. For the spring of 2017 I am also a team leader with City Bureau, reporting on the West Side of Chicago. And I’m a company member with Chicago’s Theater Oobleck, with whom and I’m working on a haunted house.

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. It’s so far been well received.