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“The nature of writing is to write.” — Josephine Smith

I love writing. So much so that I don’t limit myself to titles, e.g., Copywriter, Journalist, Content Strategist, Editorial Director — though I am and have been those things.


These days, most of my work involves collaborating with brands and businesses (from startups to Fortune 500s) that are looking to launch, refine, expand, or totally overhaul their storytelling infrastructure. The range of work is wide — content direction and strategy, editorial direction, communications strategy, strategic narratives, packaging copy, naming, ghostwriting, thought leadership, editing, and so forth — but the through line is writing.


While I prefer to foster long-term relationships, I'm also happy to jump on short-term projects.
In my mind, there's always an interesting story to tell.


All In RepresentsThe Arridia GroupArticle GroupBluedogCWT | Food Network | Illinois Humanities | Leo Burnett | Marks | One Design Company | PropellernetThe Resort at Paws Up | Shift7SpanSterling Bay | VaryerWalgreens 

Beam Suntory | The Coca-Cola Company | Campbell's | Colgate-Palmolive | Constellation Brands | Crate & Barrel | Deskpass | General Mills | Google | Heineken | Heinz | Honning | Kellogg's | Marlboro | Mars Wrigley | Melissa Lewis Interiors | Morton Salt | Nestle | Nyssa | Organic Valley | PepsiCo | Reckitt Benckiser | Samsung | Sazerac Company | Tropicana Brands Group | Tyson 


Chicago Magazine | Chicago Tribune | Condé Nast Traveler | Crain's Chicago Business | Epicurious | Forbes Travel Guide | Imbibe | Los Angeles Times | | Men's Journal | Midwest LivingThe New York Times Magazine | Punch | T: The New York Times Style MagazineTime Out Chicago 

Author, The 500 Hidden Secrets of Chicago (Luster, 2023)
Contributor, The Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails (Oxford University Press, 2021)
Contributor, The Chicago Food Encyclopedia (University of Illinois Press, 2017)
Contributor, The Who, The What, and The When (Chronicle Books, 2014)
Research & Revisions Dept., DK Eyewitness Travel Guides (Dorling Kindersley, 2009-present)

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