I'm a Chicago-based journalist, musician, and band manager who got into media during college when I realized I could make a profession out of being a dilettante.
Curiosity remains in my work. Whether I’m interviewing a touring band or in a meeting with a start-up, I often get a small pause followed by “that's a good question.”
I currently contribute my skills as the Photo Editor at Neighborhoods.com and also as a manager for the musician Cole DeGenova. I also serve on a board for the Japanese American Citizens League. With my current work, I am consulting individuals and brands on growing — and cultivating! — an audience in a way that feels human and natural.
Before this venture, I've served as the Marketing & PR Manager for the arts organization Silk Road Rising, which focuses on promoting works by Asian and Middle Eastern American artists, and I worked on the communications team at Illinois Humanities throughout 2017, focusing on their arts programming during the City of Chicago’s “Year of Public Art.”
I have written about the arts, literature, and music for dozens of magazines and online publications. Here’s a list:
Third Coast Review, VAM Studio, Off-Kilter Magazine, Buried Muse, Performer Magazine, Melted Magazine, POND Magazine, Gapers Block, Hooligan Mag, Collide Magazine, Post-Trash, and many more.
When I write, I aspire to help document Chicago's ongoing and blooming cultural renaissance and to give music journalism a good name. (I feel most proud when I hear a musician say “I usual don't like interviews but this was really fun.”)
I've interviewed Waxahatchee, Diet Cig, Patti Smith's son Jackson Smith, A Giant Dog, Sugar Candy Mountain, Dee Dee Bridgewater, The Walters, Japanther, and many, many more. I had been an organizer for DIY festival Warble Daze and have helped run shows with music companies Fifty50 Shows and Notion Presents.
Skills and other interests I'm exploring:
Layout and graphic design
Press relations for bands and artists
A few fun facts:
I debated in the Capitol Building for my high school's constitutional debate team (we made top 5 in the nation!),
I've led my college's paper,
I've written stories for a Nairobi-based magazine while I studied in Kenya,
I (proudly) got my writing torn apart by a New York Times reporter during an internship,
and one of my bands opened for Guster.
I’m a conversationalist: Slide into my DM's or say hi at firstname.lastname@example.org.