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I'm a Chicago-based writer and musician who got into journalism during college when I realized I could make a profession out of being a dilettante.

I currently contribute my skills part-time to Neighborhoods.com as their Photo Editor, and I also manage media and PR for musician Cole DeGenova, among other freelance work.

Before this venture, I've served as the Marketing & PR Coordinator 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 during most of 2017, focusing on their public arts programming.

I have written about the arts, literature, and music for magazines and online publications, including Third Coast Review, VAM Studio, Off-Kilter Magazine, Buried Muse, Performer Magazine, Melted Magazine, POND Magazine, Gapers Block, Hooligan Mag, 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've interviewed Waxahatchee, Patti Smith's son Jackson Smith, A Giant Dog, Sugar Candy Mountain, Dee Dee Bridgewater, The Walters, Japanther, and many, many more. I'm also an organizer for DIY festival Warble Daze., and have helped run shows with music companies Fifty50 Shows and Notion Presents.

Here are a few skills I'm currently learning or am curious about: photography and photo editing (concert photos, e.g. Sofar Sounds, and shooting on film), layout and graphic design, and narrative storytelling.

A few fun facts:

  • I debated in the Capitol Building for my high school's constitutional debate team,
  • 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.

Sneak into my DM's on Twitter or email me at colinsaburosmith@gmail.com.