I make audio stories, mostly non-fictional, and I am a sociologist; sometimes I combine the two.
Transformation and the connections between political and intimate realms are key themes in my radio making.
My audio stories have been broadcast on community and public radio stations in Australia, Austria, Israel, Ireland, Scotland, and the U.S.; at live events such as Live Art Magazine, Kinokophone's sound cinema events, and the Deep Listening Festival, and at art exhibits and spaces, including Soundings: Protest|Politics|Dissent, Megapolis, Tonspur at Vienna's MuseumsQuartier and studio das weisse haus.
In 2016, my radio documentary, Laws of Lost and Found Objects won the Grand Prix Marulić. From October-December 2016, I was an artist-in-residence at studio das weisse haus in Vienna, Austria, where I embarked on Strange Radio, an ongoing radio series exploring war, displacement, strangers, and Holocaust postmemory.
In fall 2017 and spring 2018, I am continuing to make episodes of Strange Radio in Vienna, working with the MuseumsQuartier sound art passageway Tonspur, Radio Orange, MAG3 Gallery and Kunstradio. Strange Radio is also supported by a 2017-18 Fellowship from the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture and the Mobile Art Lab of the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, Poland.
These days, wearing my sociologist hat, I write about radio, critical storytelling and autoethnography, performativity of language, decolonization and indigenous methodologies, and story as methodology. My articles and reviews have been published in International Review of Qualitative Research, Rethinking Marxism, Critical Sociology, American Journal of Sociology, Making Other Worlds Possible: Performing Diverse Economies (University of Minnesota Press), and Solidarity Economy: Building Alternatives for People and Planet (ChangeMaker Publications.)
From 2014-16, I was a Tending Space Fellow with the Hemera Foundation, which supports people who have Buddhist and art practices. I've been practicing Zen Buddhism for 10 years.
I teach at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont. I co-organize an audio listening circle called Audio Hearth in western Massachusetts, where I live. And I've recently launched a very low power FM pop-up radio station, WMTQ.
I am grateful to many people for the joys that come from audio-making! Thank you family and friends, teachers and mentors, students, collaborators, the Hemera Foundation, studio das weisse haus, Radio Orange, Tonspur and the MuseumsQuartier, the HearSay International Audio Festival, and the Third Coast International Festival for fanning the flames of this form. Also grateful to the Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Buddhist sanghas I am part of, and many contemporary Indigenous scholars and others working on the politics and poetics of narrative.
Thank you Laura Wulf for your photos, including the one at the top of this page. Donald Saaf painted the image, "Sound Collector," for this website.