I have over 15 years of experience working as a freelance writer. I’ve written everything from photo captions and event listing blurbs to 80k word long books. Although I’m known for stories that spotlight unusual subcultures and social movements, my interests include culture in general, sociology, art, entertainment, music, literature, comedy, small businesses, hobbies, activism, and personality profiles. For my writing, I’ve talked to everyone from comedians to mayors to graffiti artists to fishermen to burlesque dancers to people who dress in superhero costumes and patrol the streets.
In general, I am interested in people and their stories. I write regularly for Milwaukee Magazine and also contribute to the Shepherd Express and Milwaukee Record. I have freelanced for a variety of other publications like Atlas Obscura, Fortean Times, and Scandinavian Traveler and have authored six non-fiction books. I also write a weekly column and co-host a podcast called “Tea’s Weird Week” and am involved with a couple documentary projects.
I won a Milwaukee Press Club Award for Excellence in Journalism in 2021 and two more in 2023 for pieces I wrote for Milwaukee Magazine. A documentary I am producing (I’m Your Host) based on another MilMag article I authored won a 2022 Milwaukee Film Brico Forward Fund Award.
Recent Published Work
“Hunting for ‘The Secret’ Treasure in Milwaukee,” Atlas Obscura, March 2023
“Meet the Last Fisherman of Washington Island,” Milwaukee Magazine, June 2022
“Dancers Share the Healing Power of Hula,” Milwaukee Magazine, January 2022
“Fishy Business,” Milwaukee Magazine, February 2022
“Visibly Indigenous: How Milwaukee’s Native Community is Working to be Un-erased,” Milwaukee Magazine, March 2022
“How Lakefront Brewery’s Showing Support to Ukraine After Years of Selling Beer There,” Milwaukee Magazine, April 2022
“From Computer Engineering to Snoop Dogg: Off the Cuff with DJ Bizzon,” Shepherd Express, April 2021
Tea’s Weird Week: How a Dogged Reporter Sniffed Out an Alt-Right Furry Infiltration, February 2021
“6 Places for a Great Chicago-style Hot Dog,” Scandinavian Traveler, December 2021
“Meet Katrina Markoff- Chicago’s Luxury Chocolate Maker,” Scandinavian Traveler, April 2016
My first three books (Heroes in the Night, Monster Hunters, and Apocalypse Any Day Now) were about unusual subcultures (Real Life Superheroes, paranormal investigators, and end time preppers and prognosticators, respectfully) and were published by Chicago Review Press 2013-2019.
American Madness, published 2020 by Feral House, is about conspiracy theory culture and how it has ruined people’s lives. Wisconsin Legends & Lore (2020, History Press) is a collection of Wisconsin folklore, and Brady Street Pharmacy: Stories & Sketches, (2021, VA Press) is a short memoir of a greasy spoon diner/ pharmacy counter I worked at in my youth.
-2022 Milwaukee Press Club Excellence in Journalism Awards for my Milwaukee Magazine articles “The Last Frame“(Gold) and “Wanna Buy a Famous Tugboat?” (Silver)
–I’m Your Host, a documentary I am a producer on, is based on my Milwaukee Magazine article (titled “Terror on the Tube” in the print version) and was the recipient of a 2022 Milwaukee Film Brico Forward Fund Award.
-2020 Gold Milwaukee Press Club Excellence in Journalism Award for “Reporting Live from the Street,” Milwaukee Magazine (December 2020).
-2020 National Indie Excellence Award for my book American Madness.
-2015 Finalist for Midwest Book Award for my book Monster Hunters.