Articles & Reviews

Feature Writing

I’ve written on education, science, health, arts, business, history, and psychology for Response magazine. I try to cover as many disciplines and topics as possible so that I always get to learn something new!

Adiós, River Blindness (how a missionary doctor discovered a disease in the remote jungles of Ecuador and worked for its successful eradication for four decades)

Starfish Secrets Revealed (the way they eat is disgustingly awesome)

Sent Out From This Place (in which I attempt to cover the history of a 122-year-old university in 1,000 words)

The Art of Mending Lives (I talked to a bunch of psychologists and therapists who work with survivors of human trafficking)

The Game Changer (profile of Max Hunter)

Filling In the Blanks: Community Partners Support Public School Students

Different Paths, Common Goals (I wrote 9 of 19 short profiles)

Impact on Reentry: Study Shows Summer Trips Have Long-Term Effect

 

Reviews

I’m especially fond of reviewing poetry and graphic novels.

“Don’t Take Jesters into Outer Space” (review of Wislawa Szymborska’s Map)

“Arabian Nightmares” (review of Craig Thompson’s Habibi)

“Still Life with Dumpster” (review of Brett Foster’s The Garbage Eater)

“India: It’s Complicated” (on Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love)

 

Essays/Opinion

Unconvincing Hymns of the Temperance Army (for The Toast – just read them, they’re really unconvincing)

Take this Rice Cracker: Finding Communion in a Broken World (adapted from The Spirit of Food)

“Writers on the Classics #13” (poetry book recommendations)

“The Friendless, Voiceless Disney Princess”

A Shooting On Sacred Ground

 

People I’ve Interviewed

Brenda Salter McNeil (writer and theologian)

Diane Ravitch (education expert)

Tavis Smiley (TV host)

 Jennifer Wiseman (NASA Astronomer)

Marilyn Nelson (poet)