i eat the whole pepper.

San Marco Argentano, Calabria, 2023.
I'm an author, journalist, art historian, radio host, filmmaker, public speaker, plant-based Neapolitan pizza expert, cocktail aficionado, hyper-competitive amateur bowler, social media skeptic, degrowth proponent, animal protector, and enthusiastic advocate for bucket hats. My autobiographical story The Vacantlands won Boulevard Magazine's 2023 Non-Fiction Award for Emerging Writers. Other words I've written about reality have been published in Boulevard, Western Humanities Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and more than a hundred other magazines, newspapers, books, museum exhibition catalogs and digital publications. My living history interviews with AFRICOBRA co-founder Gerald Williams and artist Carl Pope are part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Archives of American Art. I am the creator and host of several radio shows on WQRT, an experimental art, music, and community radio project by Big Car Collaborative, including the acclaimed, pandemic-inspired series Apocalypse Mixtape. My speculative short stories, any of which you could easily read over a glass of Ramazzotti and a cigarillo, have been published in Space Squid, Swamp Ape Review, Grey Sparrow Journal, The Big Windows Review, and multiple other fine publications. I hold a degree in filmmaking from Vancouver Film School, degrees in Theater and Photojournalism from Ball State University, and a 2nd degree black belt from a little karate school in a neighborhood called Broad Ripple in Indianapolis. I live part time in a little brick house with a vegetable garden and garage dojo in Muncie, Indiana, and part time in a condominium in a historic building in Evanston, Illinois, where there's a lovely courtyard in which we neighbors gather to chat and let our dogs rub noses.