Freelance writer

Features, reported articles, essays, reviews, guides, and listicles for general interest publications and corporate clients for both print and web

I wrote my first freelance piece—a review for Publishers Weekly—in 2011. In the more than a decade since then, I’ve written features for GQ and Oxford American and Hemispheres; travel and food pieces for Travel + Leisure and Food + Wine and Atlas Obscura; science, nature, and technology articles for Popular Science and Esquire and Audubon; and innumerable profiles, reviews, and reporting about books for Bookforum, The Believer, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and Buzzfeed; among many other types of writing and outlets. When it existed, I was a contributing writer to Amtrak’s onboard magazine, The National. I've also worked on a coffee table book about food and wine around the world for National Geographic. In 2024, I was awarded a writing residency at the Cill Rialaig Arts Centre.

Some highlights:

a history for Oxford American of an Outer Banks family—the Midgetts—and their home’s dismal ecological future

a feature for GQ about Star Trek’s utopian fan culture and its official 50th anniversary convention in Las Vegas

a profile for Brooklyn Magazine about Roxane Gay’s hard-earned writing career

a feature for Atlas Obscura about a Yoruba religious community in South Carolina that claims national sovereignty

an oral history for Brooklyn Magazine about the publishing industry’s failure to diversify

a personal essay for Hemispheres about Salzburg, The Sound of Music, and growing out of girlhood

a profile for Next City about the traffic engineer who invented the word “gridlock”

an investigation for Brooklyn Magazine about an abusive book blogger

a critical essay for the Los Angeles Review of Books about the end of Poirot (the tv show) after 25 years in production

You can find a more complete accounting of my published writing under Clips.

Other work