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I wear many hats. Here are some of them:

I am the founding Editor-In-Chief of Belt magazine and publisher of Rust Belt Chic Press.

I am writing The History and Uncertain Future of Handwriting  (Bloomsbury USA, Fall 2014).

I am founder of The Thinking Writer,  Writer-In-Residence at Oberlin College and an elected member  of the board of the National Book Critics Circle.

I have published articles in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Wired and many other publications. I ve appeared on NPR’s Weekend Edition, The Diane Rehm Show, Talk of the Nation and elsewhere. My book  A Skeptic’s Guide To Writers’ Houses, has been hailed as “a remarkable book: part travelogue, part rant, part memoir, part literary analysis and urban history.” The Wall Street Journal called it “relentlessly witty.” I also published and co-edited  Rust Belt Chic: The Cleveland Anthology in September 2012: it’s on its third printing.

I live in Cleveland, Ohio and am the charmed mother of a very funny teenager.

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