Selected Writing

“The Theory and Practice of Rivers” | Cleveland Metroparks
A talk delivered in Cleveland, Ohio, on the fiftieth anniversary of the Cuyahoga River fire.

“Cedar Creek Corridor: Changes in the Land” | ACRES Quarterly
A long essay on the Cedar Creek corridor, in support of a project by ACRES Land Trust (buy the booklet here).

“Losing the Farm” | Belt Magazine
“The story of the twentieth century in American agriculture is a story, mainly, of exodus.”

“Margins” |
On the places between places, and what it means to belong somewhere.

“The Iconic Windmills that Made the American West”Atlas Obscura
The life and times of the classic American self-regulating water pump windmill.

“The Oil Pipelines Putting the Great Lakes at Risk”Belt Magazine
On oil pipelines, the Great Lakes, and the complicated mixing of oil and water.

“What the River Knows”ACRES Quarterly
Why I decided to walk from one end of the Maumee River to the other.

“Chicago Notebook”Rust Belt Chicago: An Anthology
On moving to Chicago, moving away from Chicago, and the impossibility of ever truly leaving a place.

“Seeing the Maumee River” | Old Northwest Review
The essay that became my first book.

“Family Bones” | Belt Magazine
Searching for my roots in rural Indiana. Also featuring my grandparents’ house.