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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, I rounded up and wrote about something near and dear to my heart: the city's indie bookstores.

13 Great Independent Bookstores in Cleveland and Beyond



Since Thrillist launched a Cleveland branch of their site, I've been reporting on dining and local events.

The 17 Most Important Restaurants In Cleveland

The Best Burgers In Cleveland

22 Great Date Ideas In Cleveland

The Best Food Trucks In Cleveland

The Most Underrated Restaurants in Cleveland


The Boombox

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.


Cleveland Magazine

Get Lost: Seth Avett and Kent native Jessica Lea Mayfield honor the late Elliott Smith on a new album

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.

Meant to Be: After a string of hits and national attention, electrifying blues-rock band Welshly Arms releases its self-titled debut album

I caught up with Welshly Arms at Jukebox Bar to hear about the making of their highly anticipated debut full-length.

Summer Fun Guide 2015: Listen Up: Shuffle your summer music rotation with these new local releases.

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.

Rock Steady: A timeline of memorable events from Beachland Ballroom co-owners Cindy Barber and Mark Leddy


Cleveland Scene Magazine

Special Features

Flavor 2015

Chill Out: A Brief History of Cold Treats in Cleveland

What’s Fresh: Seasonal Ingredients and the Chefs Who Love Them

I also had the opportunity to direct and style the cover of this issue (seen in the banner above!). Photographer credit: Emanuel Wallace

Weekly Features

Love Bites: Behind the Scenes of Sweet Shops' Biggest Day

Wheedle Me This: New Local App Delivers Dining Specials to Mobile Devices

Night Moves: New Monthly Open-Air Market in St. Clair Superior Serves Up Street Food After Dark

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.

What's Fresh At: LockKeepers

The Next Batch: A Cookie and a Cupcake Expands to the East

The 5 Dishes That Made Me: Regan Reik, Executive Chef at Pier W

It's Alive! Fermentation on Wheels Rolls into Cleveland

Grilled Cheese Cookbook Author Shane Kearns Hopes to Open Local Cheese Shop

A Look at Maple Sugaring's Short but Sweet Season

The 5 Dishes that Made Me: Bill Fitts, Executive Chef at Lolita

Two Girls With Glasses Podcast

With Co-Host Brandi McElhatten

Costume and Production Designers Inda Blatch-Geib and Chialla Geib

Canopy Collective

Ted Bizon, designer of RVAH clothing

Kaitlin Juarez, designer toy maker and creator of MadKnits

Erica Hansen, owner of new shop the Modern Bohemian

Filmmakers Jon Nix and Jamie Overstreet of Turnstyle Films and Tom Kondilas of LESS Productions

Vintage clothing with Cynthia Deering of Deering Vintage and Kelly Pierce of Great Lake Outfitters


Fresh Water Cleveland

Hack for good: How can we use technology and open data to spark change?

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!

Innovation by design: How CIA students are transforming Cleveland

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.

cleveland institute of art unifies with new uptown building

CIA gave me a guided tour through their soon-to-be unified campus in Uptown.

on the rise: four young hispanic entrepreneurs making their mark

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.