Writing & Editing
Over the past few years, I have contributed to a number of academic and popular publications such as the Journal of Popular Culture, Rhetoric and Public Affairs, PopMatters, and many others. Most recently, I published a story with The Bitter Southerner about guitar maker and luthier Scott Baxendale.
Over the past few years, I've contributed to Flagpole Magazine in Athens, Georgia. In that role, I have been very fortunate to interview figures such as Billy Bob Thornton, NPR Music's Ann Powers, Matthew Houck of Phosphorescent, Jay Farrar of Son Volt and Uncle Tupelo, Lucinda Williams, Daniel Pujol of PUJOL, Todd Snider, Kevn Kinney of Drivin' N Cryin', Dave Rawlings, Centro-matic, Dave Schools of Widespread Panic and Hard Working Americans, Patterson Hood and Jay Gonzalez of Drive-By Truckers, Spencer Tweedy, Mac McCaughan of Superchunk, Murray Hammond of Old 97's, Mike Mantione and Patrick Ferguson of Five Eight, and many others.
Here are just a few recently published examples of my work:
"On Drownin On a Mountaintop, T. Hardy Morris Gets Tough and Twangy" from Flagpole (12/2/15)
"James McMurtry Hits the Road to Stay Afloat" from Flagpole (11/18/15)
"PUJOL's Kisses Rejects Cynicism in Favor of Punk Intellect" from Flagpole (10/21/15)
"Nuçi’s Space Turns 15" from Flagpole (10/7/15)
"Kristin Hersh Remembers Vic Chesnutt in Story and Song" from Flagpole (9/30/15)
"Futurebirds Flew North to Record Hotel Parties" from Flagpole (9/23/15)
"Free From Label Pressure, Lucinda Williams Makes the Album She Wants" from Flagpole (3/18/15)
With the help of Cartter Fontaine at DT Productions in Athens, I also assisted with producing Behind the Scene for Flagpole, a multimedia project that featured members of the Athens music community that typically do not receive publicity for their hard work. Over the course of ten episodes, we interviewed R.E.M.'s adviser/attorney Bertis Downs, Drive-By Truckers guitar technician Paul McHugh, recording engineer Drew Vandenberg, photographer Jason Thrasher, and others.
In addition to writing and contributing to publications, I have also served as a freelance editor, working with clients to ensure that their messages are clear and that they maximize impacts with their audiences. In the past, I have volunteered as a Writing Coach and Writing Coach Coordinator for College Summit, a national non-profit organization that assists low-income and at-risk youth prepare for college. At the moment, I am currently assisting Athens-based drummer Patrick Ferguson edit his forthcoming book, A Great Way to Make a Lousy Living.