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About me

I grew up in Atlanta. I miss Southern accents and sweet tea, but otherwise love life in Chicago with my wife and son.

I wanted to be a writer early on. I studied English at Guilford College,
recorded oral histories, and earned an MFA in creative nonfiction at Pitt.

I began writing about the environment after years of camping, gardening, and obsessive recycling. The coal plant I see from my window was also an inspiration.

When not working or gardening, I like to bike, tour the scenic South Side, and learn the names of birds and plants.

I am proud to be the smallest farmer in the Midwest.


Society of Environmental Journalists

Investigative Reporters and Editors

Reporting on Health

Contact info
Cell: 412.361.7171

1401 E. 55th St. 815N
Chicago, IL 60615

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Why typewriters?

My generation is probably the last to grow up writing on typewriters. I still have an heirloom Smith-Corona circa 1913.

The vintage typewriters and accessories shown on this site belong to my friend Georg Sommeregger, a Schreibmaschinen enthusiast in Basel, Switzerland. Click here to see his remarkable collection.