I read, I think, I dig, I write. I worry about whether a  sentence like that one should have semi-colons instead of commas. My degrees are the impractical sort: philosophy and communication, with a Ph.D. in American studies. After a decade as an investigative reporter for the Riverfront Times, I became editor-in-chief of St. Louis Magazine, hated being in charge, and cheerfully sank to staff writer for fifteen years before taking a gig as staff writer for The Common Reader, a journal of the essay housed at Washington University. On the side, I’ve written several nonfiction books and a murder mystery, A Circumstance of Blood, published by Endeavour Press. (It hit, for a second, No. 7 on Amazon Canada’s Kindle chart, woohoo.) In 2017, I made the FOLIO:100 list of magazine pros nationwide; in 2019, I was Writer of the Year in both the City and Regional Magazine Awards and the Great Plains Journalism Awards; in 2020, I made the St. Louis Media Hall of Fame. I’m always looking for projects—writing or editing—that go deep.