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

“Margins” | Terrain.org
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.

“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.

“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.

“Blood, Sweat, and Tears on the Tracks”Belt Magazine
Steam Locomotive No. 765 and the man for whom trains are family.