Writing Samples

Center for Humans and Nature

I work as the Communications Strategist for a nonprofit that focuses on environmental ethics and the interconnectedness between humans and nature. Here are a few posts I’ve contributed to the organization’s City Creatures Blog.

Bird Calls and Quarantines
Learning to Love Nature through the Lightning Bug
Peggy Macnamara: In the Field

E+D: The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s (SAIC) flagship magazine

From 2010–16, I served as E+D’s editor-in-chief—transitioning the biannual publication from a basic events listing guide to an engaging, story-driven magazine. I research, assign, write, and edit stories for the magazine as well as secure and assign photography, video, multimedia content, and artwork as needed. With a circulation of 40,000, E+D is integral as SAIC’s primary stewardship, recruitment, and alumni connection piece. Here are some of my feature stories from recent issues:

The Exemplars: SAIC’s Endowed Professors
The Art and Science of Leading: SAIC President Walter Massey
Say Her Name: Scheherazade Tillet

David Hartt Has A Lot on His Mind

Inverting Invasive: Michael Rakowitz
Looking Behind to Move Forward: Wafaa Bilal 
Design 3.0: Donghoon Chang and Samsung Mobile Design
Trailblazer: Frances Whitehead and The 606
Explosions, Guns, and Diamonds: Shane Mecklenburger
The Charge is Torture: Chicago Torture Justice Memorial Project
Light. Color. Interaction: Luftwerk
Speaker of the House: Ian Schneller

SAIC’s Alumni eNewsletter

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago sends out a monthly eNewsletter to more than 15,000 alumni around the world. Here are a few samples of my work for the eNewsletter:

Life During Wartime
Jeff Koons Returns to SAIC
Artful Architecture: Michelle LaFoe

Ambassador of Awkward: Jeffrey Brown
Birds of a Feather: Ben Finch and Richard Grant of Finch’s Beer Co.
David Gondek: Scientist-in-Residence
AZ is: Azita Youssefi
Sound and Vision: Andy Slater
Funding the Future of Arts Administration
Behind the Seen: Barbara Koenen
Prince of Prints: Thomas Lucas
City on the Make: Tristan Hummel
Looking for Ourselves: Cheri Fakes

SAIC’s 150th Anniversary Website

In 2015, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago celebrated its 150th Anniversary. To promote SAIC’s sesquicentennial as well as build school pride, I developed all of the stories and multimedia content for the microsite. I worked closely with archivists, designers, web developers, and a team of freelancer writers to research and produce a wide array of articles, videos, and interactive timelines that illustrate SAIC’s impact on art and design throughout the past 150 years.

Marketing Videos

I often conduct interviews, art direct, review, and provide edits for video profiles of SAIC people and projects. Occasionally, I have the opportunity to script and produce a marketing video or two. Here are some samples:

—High-level overview of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago targeting prospective students, parents, and donors. This video is featured on SAIC’s website and often used by Admissions, Development, and Academic Departments to market the school.

Gene Siskel Film Center
—General promotional video for SAIC’s public cinematheque. This video was created specifically for the Gene Siskel Film Center’s annual Renaissance Awards Gala, and it now lives on their website.

SAIC Holiday Video
—Happy Holidays video featuring SAIC’s President, Provost, students, and faculty thanking donors, alumni, parents, and friends for their support

Eugene Weekly

While I was pursuing a graduate degree in Journalism at University of Oregon, I worked as a freelance writer and editor for Eugene, Oregon’s award-winning alternative weekly newspaper.

Summer Guide
Game Day Grub
The Scoop on Poop
Mr. J. Lo: Grooms Can Do It Too
Haunted House Records
Oregon County Fair
Richard Swift
Built to Spill
Randy Newman
Jason Lytle

Music Reviews
Martin Sexton
Christian Kiefer
Do Make Say Think
David Bazan
Eric John Kaiser
Blue Cheer
The Slow Poisoner
Norfolk & Western
Patrick Hayden
Donna Jean and the Tricksters
Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
Uz Jsme Doma
Vermillion Lies
Brittain Ashford
David Jacobs-Strain
Old 97’s
Brightblack Morning Light
The Moondoggies
Mecca Normal
M. Ward
The Wedding Present

Bar and Restaurant Review
Axe and Fiddle

Art Review
Tuff Stuff from the Buff


During my two years in graduate school, I also wrote music features and reviews for PopMatters, an independent, international magazine of cultural criticism.

Prince: The Minneapolis Sound
Prince: Baby I’m a Star

Music Reviews
Bon Iver
Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack
Winfred E. Eye
Silversun Pickups
The Appleseed Cast
Crystal Antlers
Golden Boots

Time Out Chicago

I worked as a freelance copyeditor and writer for Time Out Chicago, a comprehensive, weekly arts-and-entertainment guide with a readership of more than 52,000. Beyond copyediting all sections of the magazine and writing art reviews, I also edited and wrote descriptions for the 2008 and 2013 editions of Time Out‘s Eating and Drinking Guides.

Art Reviews
Intimate Aim
Paul D’Amato
David Roth
Adam Ekberg

Venus Zine

Venus Zine was a quarterly international magazine covering women in music, film, art, entertainment, literature, and fashion. I freelanced as the publication’s web editor and writer for two years.

Future of Music Coalition
Lily Allen
Kristeen Young
Sonic Youth
Pitchfork Music Festival
Riz Ahmed

Music Reviews
Blood Meridian
Viva Voce
Nina Nastasia
Lily Allen
The Lemonheads
The Thermals
Of Montreal
Young Marble Giants
Shout Out Louds
Black Mountain
The Faint


Etude was the University of Oregon’s quarterly online creative nonfiction magazine. Below are a couple long-form stories I wrote as well as some book reviews and an interview with writer Tony Horwitz.

Creative Nonfiction
Steve Novick: The Little Guy
Vanport: excerpt from City of Strangers

Book Reviews
Crazy ’08
Kafka Comes to America
Like a Rolling Stone
The Discovery of France

Tony Horwitz

More Writing Samples

Chicago Sun-Times
Ne-Yo + Keri Hilson

606 Mag
The Lounge Puppets: Revisiting the ’80s in Aurora

And Some of My Music

Lying in States
Wildfire on the Lake
Most Every Night
The Bewildered Herd


J Ohmes