Over the course of my career I’ve worked with dozens of writers, photographers, videographers, designers, and producers to shape content across a range of editorial projects. I’ve been an editor with publishing authority at three different online publications producing daily output, and have co-edited three different books ranging widely in substance.
At the Twin Cities Daily Planet from 2007 to 2013, I began as assistant editor and rose to associate editor with the additional title of arts editor. In addition to supporting the citizen journalism project’s overall editor with stories across the full range of our content, I developed an arts vertical called Arts Orbit and expanded it to encompass a series of different sections — plus a weekly email newsletter and the vertical’s own social media accounts.
At Minnesota Public Radio’s The Current from 2013 to 2022, I was a digital producer who developed and ran a multi-year project for developing writers various known as college contributors, associate bloggers, and interns. As part of that work, I collaborated closely with colleagues to shape the editorial direction of The Current’s original online music coverage. Writers I supervised at The Current and its sister station YourClassical MPR have gone on to work professionally for publications including Rolling Stone, Billboard, the Star Tribune, and MPR News.
The Tangential is a pop culture and creative writing site I co-founded in 2011 with Becky Lang and Katie Sisneros. Based in Minneapolis, it gained a national following in the early 2010s as part of a wave of online creative writing associated with the alt lit movement. (Photo above: on the road to AWP with The Tangential in 2012.)
We built a six-figure following on Tumblr and published three books: a speculative fiction anthology, a book of creative writing about Minnesota, and a compilation of humor writing from The Tangential. The site is no longer active on a daily basis, but we maintain The Tangential for its archive and as an occasional venue for criticism and other writing.
While my current job at the Duluth News Tribune does not include responsibilities as an editor, I continue to support developing writers when opportunities arise and expect that editing will become an important part of my work again at some point in the future. I’m available for freelance work in that capacity.