I worked as a public-affairs official for an academic medical center, as a writer and editor for newspapers and magazines, and as a corporate publications director and speechwriter before earning a doctorate in English/creative writing at Western Michigan University in 2006. My writing has appeared in consumer and trade magazines including Harper’s Bazaar, Men’s Fitness, Men’s Health, and Poets & Writers; in newspapers including The Milwaukee Journal, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Newsday, and Isthmus; and in Confrontation, The Literary Review, Notre Dame Review, New Delta Review, River City (now The Pinch), and Gargoyle, among other literary journals. On the whole, I’ve published profiles, interviews, investigative stories, in-depth series, long-form features, service journalism, breaking news, columns, essays, and most recently, short fiction and several poems. I’ve also edited work in most of those forms or genres.
After teaching mainly literature and creative writing from 2006 to 2012 at Kalamazoo College, I began drawing on nearly all my professional experience in Fall 2012, when I joined Albion College to teach mainly journalism courses and advise the Albion Pleiad.
I’ve been excited about this chance to apply whatever I’ve learned about writing and teaching to a field, journalism, that’s vital to democracy. I also welcome the opportunity to develop young talent in this era when convergent journalism is still being invented.