“The Iconic Windmills that Made the American West” | Atlas Obscura
The life and times of the classic American self-regulating water pump windmill.
“Oil and Water—I” | Belt Magazine
On oil pipelines, the Great Lakes, and the complicated mixing of oil and water.
“Oil and Water—II” | Belt Magazine
A “Toxic Tour” of the Whiting Refinery, on the southern shores of Lake Michigan.
“What the River Knows” | ACRES Quarterly
Why I decided to walk from one end of the Maumee River to the other, and what I think it can teach us.
“Chicago Notebook” | Rust Belt Chicago: An Anthology
On moving to Chicago, moving away from Chicago, and the impossibility of ever truly leaving a place.
“The Last, First Miami Speakers” | Belt Magazine
On language reclamation and the racist history of assimilation projects in the United States.
“Family Bones” | Belt Magazine
Searching for my roots in rural Indiana. Also featuring my grandparents’ house.
“Blood, Sweat, and Tears on the Tracks” | Belt Magazine
Steam Locomotive No. 765, and the man for whom trains are family.
“Settling a ‘Food Desert'” (PDF) | InFortWayne
On life without a grocery store in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
“A True Grassroots Movement” (PDF) | InFortWayne
What it takes to grow food on an urban plot.