Biography and Work


A little background.

I’ve been a rock writer, investigative reporter, high school English teacher, Big Band radio DJ, storyteller for The Moth, and both a local newspaper and national magazine editor. My work has appeared in Esquire, National Geographic Traveler, Gourmet, NPR’s All Things Considered, Better Homes & Gardens, No Depression, Travel with Rick Steves (my episode with The Man Himself won a Lowell Thomas Gold award), and many other places. 

My first book, Running Away to Home, received Best Nonfiction Book of 2012 from the American Society of Journalists and Authors (a peer award) and the 2012 Iowa Emerging Author Award. I micro-published Water specifically for my Midwestern readers with local iconoclast, Raygun in 2016 (I still own full rights to this book). I contributed to the National Geographic book Journeys Home, edited by Andrew McCarthy.

I am currently the executive editor at a global financial company. I write in the early morning hours, when I’m not testing out plot twists to make sure they’re plausible, such as canoeing across a river with several people in a boat after a rainstorm, reconstructing a forest meth lab with a former county sheriff, or interviewing new immigrants to Iowa to ask them how it’s going at church.

I received my MFA in writing from the Bennington Writing Seminars in 2019. Since that time, I have completed a new novel and am seeking new representation. I have a third novel in revisions, a family saga about a newly single father trying to navigate life with his two troubled sons and old-school farmer Dad (an excerpt won Honorable Mention in the final issue of Glimmer Train last year).

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