About

I’m a writer, editorauthor, and cofounder of Tomorrow magazine. I report on education and poverty for NBCNews.com, and I also write on other topics for other pubs, like The Atlantic, Washington Post, The Nation, The American Prospect, Tablet, Rookie, Elle, and Marie Claire, among many others. (Read some of my writing here.) I curate the Tumblr Minimum RagersI was a 2013 Pipeline fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, where I did research for a book called “The Crash Generation,” on Millennials and the new economy.

I co-authored the book Girldrive: Criss-crossing America, Redefining Feminism, with my friend Emma Bee Bernstein. I’m also the editor for an anthology of my mama Ellen Willis’s rock criticism, called Out of the Vinyl Deepsas well as a more comprehensive collection of her work, The Essential Ellen Willis (coming May 2014).

I’m a former associate editor of GOOD, where I mostly wrote about my generation’s politics, sex, relationships, and recession-era hustlin’. Before GOOD, I was a producer for public radio (first for Farai Chideya’s Pop and Politics series and then on WNYC’s music talk show Soundcheck). And before that, I was a local reporter at the Chicago Tribune

I graduated from Wesleyan in 2006. I wrote my thesis on 1970s porn movies and their influence on and reflection of the sex revolution and feminism—and got Wesleyan to pay for every porn movie I watched. Which is a fact I’m particularly proud of.

I’ve been to almost every state in the U.S. of A. but currently live 1.5 miles away from where I grew up in Brooklyn; that pic above is of me on my fire escape. My spirit animals are Mona Lisa Vito, Sue Ellen Crandell, early Joan Holloway, and profane Dolly Parton.