Top row (L - R): Lake Erie Ink guest speaking, Two Girls With Glasses speaks with designer toy maker Kaitlin Juarez, Cleveland Inkubator
Bottom row (L - R): Jessica Lea Mayfield and Seth Avett in Cleveland Magazine, Cuyahoga County Public Library's Teen Writers Boot Camp, Cleveland Scene Magazine FLAVOR issue cover food styling
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Teaching / Speaking
This summer I’ve had the opportunity to be a guest speaker at Cleveland School of the Arts’ creative writing program (journalism and social media), Cuyahoga County Public Library’s Teen Writer Boot Camp (blogging / journalism) and Lake Erie Ink (writing interview questions).
I’ll be presenting about writing about art at the first Cleveland Inkubator on August 1 at Cleveland Public Library. I'll be speaking about it on 90.3 IdeaStream on Tuesday, July 28.
Into The New Year
In 2016, I'll be wrapping up my first book. 100 Things To Do In Cleveland Before You Die is a guidebook to the city as part of Reedy Press' national city series. Follow along with the project on Facebook here.
I'm also looking forward to being a part of the Cleveland International Film Festival as a synopsis writer. The festival is March 30 - April 10, 2016.
For my first piece for Cleveland.com, I rounded up and wrote about something near and dear to my heart: the city's indie bookstores.
Since Thrillist launched a Cleveland branch of their site, I've been reporting on dining and local events.
10 Years Ago: Common Finds His Voice on ‘Be’ Album
As my first contribution to the Boombox, I looked back on one of my favorite albums, Common’s Be.
I interviewed Kent native Jessica Lea Mayfield and Seth Avett, also known as part of the Avett Brothers, about their new Elliott Smith tribute album and accompanying tour. I’ve previous interviewed brother Scott Avett for Diffuser.FM.
I caught up with Welshly Arms at Jukebox Bar to hear about the making of their highly anticipated debut full-length.
A look at six summer releases from locals Seafair, The Speedbumps, Maura Rogers and the Bellows, The Lighthouse and the Whaler, Midnight Passenger and Brent Kirby and His Luck. I especially loved the Bellows’ release In Light.
Cleveland Scene Magazine
I also had the opportunity to direct and style the cover of this issue (seen in the banner above!). Photographer credit: Emanuel Wallace
Land of 1,000 Diners Zine - I've written about zine making in the past and hope to do so more in the future, so I had a lot of fun with this feature.
Two Girls With Glasses Podcast
With Co-Host Brandi McElhatten
Fresh Water Cleveland
I spent the weekend at Cleveland’s first civic hackathon, which focused on using open data to make the consent decree addressing police use of force more accessible to the public. I also attended my first Coding 101 class!
A look at how Cleveland Institute of Art graduates are shaping the city with their industrial, graphic and interior architecture. Especially fun was visiting the classes and watching the students tinker with building cars and toys firsthand.
CIA gave me a guided tour through their soon-to-be unified campus in Uptown.
The challenges and necessary improvements facing Cleveland when we look at how to increase our number of Hispanic entrepreneurs.
I created the verbiage for a Downtown Willoughby full-page color ad that ran for six weeks in our local alt-weekly. Each week, I wrote two new capsules of different local businesses.