I'm a writer and journalist from Western Pennsylvania. I've written essays, many about class and culture, for Guernica, Oxford American, and The Rumpus, and my reporting has appeared in the Atlantic, Esquire, Forbes, and Spin. I'm currently at work on No Place for Disgrace, a memoir about love and identity set in the American suburbs. My tumblr is a collection of notes and images — some of my own, and some from others. For a more detailed archive of my work, you can visit my website.

Black Clouds

Excerpt from “Ghetto Exodus,” a chapter from No Place for Disgrace — a memoir about mental illness, teenage love, and tragic consequences, set in the American suburbs in the waning days of the twentieth century.

The sky that day was rippled in black clouds that intermittently exploded with rainfall, expelling pounding sheets of rain occasionally broken by a gray and steady drizzle. Everything was wet, from the large pieces of cardboard dropped for protection on the hardwood floor in the living room, to the treacherous staircase turned waterfall that led from our front patio to the street below. The happiness of moving day was fading, a growing anxiety rooted in its place.

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…some girl lost her virginity on that couch and left a permanent reminder in the fabric—a deep red stain that loosely resembled the continent of Africa in shape and outline.
Passage from “Sob Story,” a chapter from No Place for Disgrace — a memoir about mental illness, teenage love, and tragic consequences, set in the American suburbs in the waning days of the twentieth century.