The short version is that I’m a writer originally from a small town in northern Appalachia.
The longer story is that I earned my master’s from the University of California at Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism in 2000. After graduating, I worked for Wired magazine and Wired.com.
In 2003, I co-authored a book called Dungeons & Dreamers: A story of how computer games created a global culture before accepting a job in 2004 as the producer and senior editor for MIT’s Technology Review Web operation.
I left journalism for a job running the Media Informatics program at Northern Kentucky University in 2006. In 2009, I accepted a position at Ball State University, where I was an associate professor of journalism and was the co-founder + co-director of the university’s Center for Emerging Media Design + Development.
These days, I’m the Editor + Director of Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) Press, which is one of two university presses at CMU. Before I took this job in 2017, I served as an advisory board member and an editor for nine years.
I’m was accepted into PEN America in 2017 after years of kicking around the idea of joining, and I’m a member of The Association of Writers & Writing Programs.
I’ve been on the programming board for South by Southwest Interactive sixteen years, and I hosted its Start Up Accelerator program from 2009-2015.
Previously, I was an advisory board member for the F+W’s StoryWorld Conference, the Carmel Arts Council, and the Indiana Writers Center.
Other Writing Things
In 2013, I raised $11,000 on Kickstarter to write So Far Appalachia: A Story of Family, a Forgotten People, and Rural America, a memoir of my family’s life in Appalachia. I finished the book in 2017. (It’ll be out soon-ish!)
I’ve also started work on two other writing project: The Summer of Run and Catch: An Oral History of Fathers, Sons, Mothers, Daughters, and Baseball.
I run The Geeky Press, a writers collective. I’ve edited, or worked as an editor, on the publishing projects we’ve run: Bad Jobs & Bullshit: It’s Unlikely We Will Be Missed (2016), Dear America: Reflections about Race (2017), and HoosierLit (2017) literary magazine.
Mostly, though, I love telling stories. I write, I create podcasts, I tinker with video, I work in the weird space between digital, print, and the real world.