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100 Things to Do in Cleveland Before You Die will be here summer/fall of 2016.

On a personal note, June and July are the membership drive months for Literary Cleveland, a non-profit where I've served on the board since its inception. We've been working hard to grow the local writing community through workshops, networking events, readings and the Inkubator conference. Learn more about what we do and please consider supporting us by becoming a member here.

Teaching / Speaking

I recently joined several of my colleagues at Market Garden Brewery for a panel about freelancing for the Press Club of Cleveland. I also spent some time with Lake Erie Ink students, where we wrote pop culture essays and reviews.

Cleveland International Film Festival

I wrote about a dozen film synopses for this year's festival, such as The Fits, Parabellum and Summertime. I also served as an editor for their newsletter, The Daily. Complete synopses here.


Thanks to StartMart, who were nice enough to name me as the winner in the writing category of their 2016 Freelancer Awards.

Cleveland Scene Magazine

A few highlights from my weekly column.

Deep dives into the dining explosion of Downtown Willoughby and the revival of the East Banks for this year's City issue.

A profile of Sal Mansour, who's been behind the line of Sal's Menu diner every day for 30 years

The 20th anniversary of Zoss the Swiss Baker. (+ Photography featured.)

J&J Czuchraj Meats, a West Side Market staple for 62 years

Rising star chefs: Dick Kanatzar (Dick's Kitchen), Zachary Ladner (Giovanni's), Ryan Kaston (Bistro 185), Jack Moore (The Black Pig), Anthony Abare (Square Bistro), Martin McCafferty (Thyme)

Cleveland Magazine

Coding education is on the rise. I chatted with teachers around Cleveland about how they're implementing computer programming education as early as elementary school. Plus, an interesting way Cleveland is connected to the global, 10 million-user Scratch program through Progressive Arts Alliance and hip-hop dance.

Teachers are also using creative techniques in the classroom, from building guitars to learn engineering to raps to learn raps about the weather cycles. I look at a few unique classrooms around Cleveland.

For the annual Most Interesting People issue, I profiled National Student Poet honoree De'John Hardges and Mike and Gina Trebilcock of youth rowing initiative The Foundry.

I chatted with the developer behind Musica and Blu Jazz venues about his future plans for renovating historical sites in Akron.

Hungry for house-made sausage? Looking for veggie options? I cover them in Cleveland Magazine's brunch issue.

The Plain Dealer / Cleveland.com

I profiled illustrator Derf (My Friend Dahmer, The City) after the release of his newest graphic novel, Trashed. This appeared in the Sunday local section.

Plus, some late night eatsthe best jukeboxes in town and the best new restaurants.

Fresh Water Cleveland

Go behind the scene's of NASA Glenn's Space Apps hackathon, where 3D printing and virtual reality are used to create jet packs from Mars. (+ Photography featured.)

A look at how historic building are getting new lives as breweries, bowling alleys, small business incubators and more in New Life for Old Haunts.

Cleveland International Film Festival does a great job of shining a light on local film making talent. I talk to a few directors about their films that made the fest.

Grassroots crowdfunding platform ioby has started an office in Cleveland. Learn more about the program and hear from some local organizations who have benefited from it.


I talked to some people with the coolest jobs in Cleveland, like a b-boy with the Cavs, a Rock Hall curator and the vinyl queens behind Wax Mage.

Ever wonder about the man behind the rock and roll themed Dave's Cosmic Subs? Here's how he became the sandwich mayor of Cleveland -- along with plenty of concert memories, like Zeppelin in Cleveland in 1969.

Everything you should definitely do in Cleveland this spring, from Dyngus Day to experimental music in a coffee roastery to sci-fi conventions

Everything you should definitely do in Cleveland this summer.

Rooftop patios & lakeside views: The best outdoor drinking spots in Cleveland, featuring The Rusty Anchor, Pier W, Alley Cat Oyster Bar and more.

Cleveland's best restaurant openings of the winter

Destination Cleveland

I contributed to the Spring / Summer guide of our tourism department, Destination Cleveland.

The Boombox

Looking back on the anniversaries of Rihanna's Music of the Sun and Prince's Graffiti Bridge.