Nonfiction


My contribution to Fiction Southeast‘s “Why I Write” series appears here.


“So Big Like That,” a personal essay, appears in the Spring/Summer 2016 issue of Post Road.


“Hoyer Lift,” a lyric essay, appeared in the Summer 2008 issue of Memoir Journal.


I’ve also written on health and medicine, business, the arts, and other topics for alternative weekly and major daily newspapers and national magazines. A few samples follow.

“Talent as Persistence: A Profile of Bob Hicok”
From Poets & Writers, a profile of the poet.

“The Novelist in Hollywood”
From missourireview.com, novelists John Dufresne, Robert Eversz, John McNally, Alexander Parsons, and Mark Jude Poirier discuss their interactions with Hollywood, screenwriting, and adaptations.

“Socialized Medicine”
From Men’s Fitness, the health benefits of social bonds.

“Two Strong Wills Collide at Steeltech”
From The Milwaukee Journal, dual profiles of the principals in a troubled business venture that was supposed to bring hundreds of good jobs to the inner city.

“Road Work”
From Isthmus (Madison, Wis.), an investigative article about an affirmative action program benefiting white women more than racial minorities.

“Keanu Skulks at the Capitol”
How a Hollywood director got scores of people in Madison, Wis., to work on a bone-chilling day for $4.55 an hour can be summed up in two words: show business. A story about “atmosphere,” with a couple of cameos by Keanu Reeves. From Isthmus. Among those quoted: former U.S. Rep. and now Sen. Tammy Baldwin. (Word file.)

AIDS Hotline: Is Sex Dead?”
From the March 1986 Harper’s Bazaar: possibly the first women’s newsstand magazine article to look at early AIDS-era dating in terms of a medical “hierarchy of risks.”

“Baseball Scouting Now a Mind Game”
How some teams have used psychological testing in evaluating talent. From The Sporting News. (Word file.)

Here are a few features I wrote for the Milwaukee Business Journal. This first file includes a range of stories, such as a first-person account of working behind the counter at Great Harvest Bread Company and a story about artists and taxes. This one has stories only about investing, which was one of my beats at the paper. 

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