I'm a Houston-based freelance journalist whose reporting has appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, Playboy, The American Scholar, The Daily Beast, and Vox; I'm also a writer-at-large for Texas Monthly. My most recent job was as arts editor of Houstonia magazine, where I won the 2015 City and Regional Magazine Association award for best arts and culture writing. Before that I freelanced part-time while attending graduate school in English literature at Rutgers University. In 2009-2010 I worked in Sri Lanka as a reporter and editor for the English-language newspaper The Sunday Leader, an experience I later wrote about for The American Scholar. While an undergraduate at Rice University I completed editorial internships at The Boston Globe, The Houston Chronicle, and Texas Monthly. I hold a B.A. from Rice and an M.A. from Rutgers, both in English literature.