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I’m a writer/editor/author and I travel every chance I get. I’m an education and poverty reporter for NBC News Digital, 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 am a cofounder of Tomorrow magazine, which was nominated for an UTNE award in General Excellence. I curate the Tumblr Minimum Ragers. I was a 2013 fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, where I did research for a book called “The Crash Generation,” on Millennials and the new economy. To be 100% honest, that book idea is about to be radically change (BRB with the details), but I did some awesome writing during the research process, if I do say so myself.
I co-authored the book Girldrive: Criss-crossing America, Redefining Feminism, with my friend Emma Bee Bernstein. I’m also the editor for an award-winning anthology of my mama Ellen Willis’s rock criticism, called Out of the Vinyl Deeps, as well as a more comprehensive collection of her work, The Essential Ellen Willis, which just came out in May.
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 reporter for the Chicago Tribune's pre-Patch project, TribLocal.
I graduated with honors from Wesleyan with a degree in American Studies in 2006—a degree I actually use (!) because if there’s any throughline in my work, it’s trying to parse out America’s many national identities. 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. I want to live in California one day, and ideally I’ll do a stint in a brash, musical Southern city, too. My spirit animals are Mona Lisa Vito, Sue Ellen Crandell, early Joan Holloway, Wild Turkey Thelma, and profane Dolly Parton.