PhD/MFA. teacher. alleged writer. literary + cultural studies scholar. sometimes: design + translation. 







Village Voice Media 2005-2013



I worked as a journalist for the New Times Media/Village Voice Media from 2005 to 2013—-first as a full-time staff writer at Cleveland Scene and then as a national features writer. These are links to some of my features.

Checkmate,” SF Weekly (and other VVM papers), January 23, 2013.
Prosecutors team with debt collectors to terrorize consumers in ways both highly profitable and usually illegal.


"Doom or Boom," Village Voice (and other VVM papers), September 19, 2012.
America's Hydraulic Fracturing Gold Rush portends the greatest environmental disaster of a generation. 

"Joe Paterno and the Danger of Making Gods Out Of Men," LA Weekly (and other VVM papers), November 11, 2011.
An essay on the firing of Joe Paterno.

The King of Spin,” Cleveland Scene, December 5, 2007.
How Dennis Kucinich remade himself from a race-baiting bomb thrower to a liberal sweetheart.


Jesus for Sale,” Cleveland Scene, October 31, 2007.
Meet the real Rex Humbard, the father of televised reliigous fraud.

Hollow Victory,” Cleveland Scene, October 2, 2007
Bands accuse the “anti-corporate” label, Victory Records, of being corporate at its worst. 

The Tomato Can Man,” Cleveland Scene, August 8, 2007
Jim Holley produced America’s worst fighters, and he’s proud of it.

Amish Girls Gone Wild,” Cleveland Scene, March 14, 2007
Behind the bonnet is a girl who just wants to have fun -- and another beer, please. 

The Great Pretenders,” Cleveland Scene, November 1, 2007
They’re defrauding the legends of soul -- and it’s perfectly legal.

To Rob a Predator,” Cleveland Scene, September 20, 2006
For one Iraq vet, Dateline inspired the perfect crime. 

The Wrong Crowd,” Cleveland Scene, April 12, 2006
Steven Spade was beheaded by his friends. Not even the killers know why.

All The President’s Men,” Cleveland Scene, October 19, 2005
Meet the biggest predatory lender in Cleveland -- America’s new ambassador to the Netherlands.

Sex Thief,” Cleveland Scene, September 14, 2005
Over 25 years and six dropped rape cases, Hy Doan has perfected the art of stealing sex.

Suicide Bridge,” Cleveland Scene, June 8, 2005
Where bodies fall from the sky.

Kill Bill,” Cleveland Scene, March 30, 2005
Microsoft’s army of lawyers was no match for a kid from Kent State. 


Stoll Survivors,” Cleveland Scene, December 15, 2004.
Racial slurs? Unpaid overtime? Indiscriminate firings? Welcome to Ed's farm.