Articles and Book Reviews:


At an Army Base in Kansas, There’s a Secret Collection of Incredible Finds”

“Even When He Was in His 20s, Winston Churchill Was Already on the Verge of Greatness”

Glasgow Review of Books (Scotland):

“A Conversation with Margot Livesey, Author of ‘Mercury'”

Chicago Review of Books:

“Long Before WWII, Winston Churchill Was One Badass 24-Year-Old”

“The Horrors of the Iraq War Run Backward in ‘The Good Lieutenant'”

“In ‘Mercury,’ Margot Livesey Takes Our Collective Temperature”

“‘Ongoingness’ Teaches How to Live More by Writing Less”

Los Angeles Review of Books:

“Blowing Up Rusty War Tropes and Bolstering the Female Combatant: A Conversation with Whitney Terrell”

The Saturday Evening Post:

“Jar Roses”

Publishers Weekly:

“Ways of Seeing: New art and photography books present the familiar in a fresh light”

“Tomes of the Unknown: War and Military Books 2020”

The Punch Magazine (India):

“Prajwal Parajuly Takes Roads Less Travelled”


“Review: TALES OF TWO AMERICAS edited by John Freeman”

Rain Taxi:

“Everyone is Guilty: An Interview with Rick Harsch”

Excerpts from my manuscript, Basic:

Electric Literature:

“Gracie Allen and John Denver in Boot Camp”

KCUR 89.3:

“Navy Recruit Anne Kniggendorf Has A Tense Encounter On Night Watch”

Combat & Classics Podcast:

My special guest appearance during which Brian Wilson and I  attempt to tease out the connection between the liberal arts and military service–one of the themes of Basic. Please listen and tell me if you have any ideas.

St. John’s College (select articles)

Writer/actor Ken Baumann Fills Presidential Fellow Post

Alumnus Makes Life Change, Lands Job at NASA

“Nontraditional Path to Science Career”

“Bound by Math”

“Six Decades of Love and Support”

Alumnus William Kowalski Authors Books, Sells Pickles

“Addressing the Mind-Body Connection”

For a complete list, visit St. John’s College news

Special Projects:

Kauffman Foundation (selection):

The Barriers to Funding Equality Persist for Black Women

Creating a Model that Sets the Curve for Opportunity Zone Investment

Because of Three Coolers, Mildred Dances on Saturday Nights

Schools Must Cultivate Skills that Translate to Work

Adjusting Methodology to Develop Real-World Skills

Making a Small Town Home

Artists Take Risks, but so Do the People and Organizations Who Support them

Four-part series of highlights from VML&R‘s Sterling Sessions for its 25th Anniversary Celebration:

I : Unanimous AI, How Humans Will Beat the Machines

II: God-is Rivera, The Power of Advertising Places New Archetypes within Reach

III: Not Impossible Labs, Standing up to the Absurd One Story at a Time

IV: Revitalizing a City: Driving Connection Through Song

Brand Journalism:

Rias Baixas Website: “Making a Case for Winter Whites”

Drink Me Magazine:  Rieger & Co. Makes a Whiskey Like No Other”

Kansas City Publications:

The Pitch

Kansas City Magazine

The Beacon

In Kansas City Magazine: A Plant Collector’s Garden

Flatland KC

The Kansas City Star

KCUR 89.3 (NPR in Kansas City)


Public radio features for KCUR 89.3:

Interview with author Whitney Terrell

Interview with essayist Andrew Johnson

Interview with investigative journalist Carey Gillam

Interview with writer Dr. Elizabeth Schultz

Interview with novelist Laura Moriarty

Interview with poet Dr. Brian Daldorph

Interview with veteran-poet H.C. Palmer

Interview with poet Annette Billings

“Kansas City’s Heartland Men’s Chorus Reimagines Identities of Unknown Soldiers”

“At new Events in Kansas City, Music and Movies Make New Memories for People with Dementia”

“Fringe Festival Show Brings to Life Forgotten Story of Kansas City’s Philharmonic”

“At Kansas City’s Truman Library, Artists Drop a Replica Bomb for World Peace”

Interview with author Cheryl Strayed

“A New Book With A Kansas Connection Gives Kids A Modern Look At Cherokee People”

A Christmas Carol at Kansas City Repertory Theatre

Novelist Cote Smith on his novel, a prequel to the podcast “Limetown”

Susan Kander and Victoria Botero on the musical version of Michelle Boisseau’s poetry

Interview with poet Danny Caine

Interview with Kansas poet laureate Huascar Medina

Interview with I’ve Got a Pole You Can Climb author Shelley Staib

Human interest story about Medicaid Expansion

Artist Matt Hawkins and his Done-Me-Wrong Songs

Revival of the long-defunct Langston Hughes Review

Interview with novelist Bryn Greenwood about The Reckless Oath We Made

Missouri Blacksmiths are Keeping an Old, Tough Trade Alive

Kansas City Historian’s New Book Counts 440 Saloons, 900 Brothels And Thousands Of Vigilant Women”

Interview with Missouri poet laureate Karen Craigo

It’s Their Busiest Time of Year, but Kansas City Organists Say They Aren’t Just for Churches

A Kansas Veteran Gathers 61 Authors to Make a Case for Writing about War

Interview with author and musician Adam Gnade

“Why and Overland Park Teen Feels ‘Fated’ to Work with Alzheimer’s Patients”

“This Big Cat Sanctuary in Kansas Wants You to Know it’s Nothing Like ‘Tiger King'”

Interview with writer Lisa Stewart

Interview with singer/songwriter Stephonne Singleton

Interview with poet Patricia Cleary Miller

Writers, Including Some With Kansas City Roots, Explain What’s Wrong With ‘Parachute Journalism’

In A Small Missouri Town, Kids In Therapy Paint On Horses, And Everybody Relaxes

Why Kansas City Artists Are Painting On Dresses And The Streetcar Is Now A Fashion Runway

Interview with fiction writer Patricia Lawson

Healing Power of Music for Hospice Patients

How A Massive Volunteer Army Is Helping Vaccinate Kansas City Against COVID-19

How Northwest Missouri’s “Quilt Town” Has Survived Since The Pandemic Kept Its 32,000 Monthly Tourists Away

Meet the Kansas Musicians Who Turned a Tornado Shelter into a Recording Studio

Inside Douglas County Jail, Kansas Professor Helps Inmates Rewrite Their Lives Through Poetry

Kansas Congresswoman Sharice Davids’ New Book Tells Kids: Your Voice is Important

American Legion Posts are Reopening, but Many Still Face a Financial Crisis

Shut Off From The Stage, A South Kansas City Theater Class Pivots To Podcasts

Former Teen Mom In Lee’s Summit Writes Books That Buoy Kids With Challenges

Guest appearance on KCUR 89.3’s Up To Date (6/28/21)

Retirees In Mission, Kansas, Who Could ‘Count To Four’ Started A Samba Band During COVID Isolation

Missouri-Born Writer Explores Sisterhood, Survival And Political Divides In Her New Novel

Kansas City’s Housing Crisis Forced This Couple Into An Extended Stay Hotel. And It’s Only Getting Worse

Art Medallions at Kansas City International Airport Move from the Floor to the Sky

Maryfrances Wagner is Missouri’s newest poet laureate