I was born in Blue Island, Illinois, in 1979, and am an academic librarian, writer and photographer living in Chicago. My work as a librarian is focussed on issues of digital literacy, archives, access and ethics, particularly in the humanities and with cultural heritage materials. As a writer, I work in poetry, memoir, theory and criticism, paying close attention to art, grief, race and memory. I also speak through, and listen to, photography. The above photograph is a portrait of me by friend and photographer Sara Murphy. If you’d like, I can be found at my first and last name at gmail.com.