Growing up in suburban Chicago I never thought I'd end up living in Prague, Jerusalam and Central Finland. 3 1/2 years at the University of Illinois was enough time for me to run a Fine Arts journal and earn a B.A. in Rhetoric, as well as convince me that there was a lot I was missing in the Midwest. The by-now obligatory European Rite of Passage landed me in Prague for two years as an English teacher. From there the Middle East seemed the next logical step, where I was just in time to witness the start of the second Intifada. Love beckoned northwards to Finland, where I've been ever since, still teaching English, taking the dog for walks, listening to as much music as possible and writing about it for AAJ and The Wire.