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If you'd like to know more about my current writing activities, the front page will give you what you need. To fill that out a bit, let me add a bit about my life.
I was born in Boise, Idaho, and spent the better part of the last three years of high school in Salt Lake City. The moment I could begin making decisions about my own life, I left the Mountain West for Portland, where I went to college. I spent three years away going to graduate school in Madison, Wisconsin, and completed a one-year fellowship in Varanasi, India, before returning to Portland where I have remained since.
My first writing job came at the end of 1996, when I was hired to write "The Mash" column for Portland's local alt-weekly newspaper, Willamette Week. I spent the better part of the 2000s distracted by politics before returning to beer more seriously at the end of the the decade. In January 2010, amid the great recession, I took the opportunity to leave my long-time job as a researcher at Portland State University and try to launch my writing career. I feel like I'm still trying. If you'd like a bit more on my life, here's a look back at the first fifty years of life.
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