Born: 1977 in Kalamazoo, Michigan

Currently: Detroit, Michigan


Western Michigan University, English Literature and Latin

Trinity College Dublin, Classics

University of Michigan Law School, juris doctor



Nixon Peabody LLP, San Francisco, California, attorney


Stay-at-home father, freelance writer and photographer


Group Exhibition, RogueHAA Detroit Design Festival, "The archiCULTURAL SHIFT," September 21-23 2012.

Exhibition (with Yumi J. Roth), Galleries of Contemporary Art, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, "Ways of Knowing," October 21- December 16, 2011.

Group Exhibition, The Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, "It's hard to know just where you stand, when you're standing in it," February 26- April 16, 2011.

Group Exhibition, Kiang Gallery, Atlanta, "After the Suburbs," January 21, 2011 through March 19, 2011.

Solo Exhibition, The Merwin Gallery (Illinois Wesleyan University), "The Disappearing City," November 9 through December 9, 2010.

Group Exhibition, David Weinberg Gallery (Chicago), "Social Landscapes" with Dylan Vitone and Jay Wolke, September 11 through October 31, 2009.

Group Exhibition, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, "Copley to Kentridge: What's New in the Collection?" September 14 through December 1, 2013.

20x200, December 2009.

Foam Magazine #25, Traces, article "James D. Griffioen."

O, The Oprah Magazine, September 2012, "Feral Houses."

The Baffler, January 2009.

Vice Magazine, September 2009

Harper's Magazine, May 2008

Vice Magazine (7-page spread, March 2009)

Time Magazine, November 2009

Journal of the American Bar Association, May 2012

Journal of the American Bar Association, August 2011

Fortune Magazine, January 18, 2010

New York Magazine, February 2008

Landscape Architecture Magazine, September 2008

CS Interiors, Summer 2008

CS Interiors, Fall 2008

re:public service, 2008

MFE Executive, spring 2009


"Long Live the Weeds and the Wilderness Yet," in Things I Learned about My Dad (in Therapy), ed. Heather B. Armstrong, Kensington Press, 2008.

"El Corozan," in What I Would Tell Her: 30 Writer Dads on their Daughters, ed. Nicki Richesin (2010).

"Feral Houses," The Baffler, January 2009.

"We Think Your City Feels Like the Mall," Boat Magazine (the Detroit Issue) December, 2011.

Lecture: "The Afflatus of Ruin: Talking Differently about Detroit's Unique and Endangered Assets," @ Johanson Charles Gallery, Detroit, July 18, 2009.

Lecture: "The Feral City," @ The University of Virginia School of Art, Charlottesville, Virginia, February 28, 2010.

Lecture: "The Disappearing City," at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo Art League Michigan Artist Series, October 9, 2013.

Further lectures/talks given at the University of Michigan, the University of Detroit Mercy, Michigan State University, Illinois Wesleyan University, and the Squam Artist workshops at Squam Lake, New Hampshire.

Freelance work published in Dwell Magazine, O Magazine, Details, Muse, and many other publications.


Interview, American Public Media's The Story, April 14, 2009.

Interview,, BBC's Americana, June 28, 2010

Interview, Canadian broadcasting company's Q, Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Multiple appearances, WDET's detroit today

Featured on the Rachel Maddow show, July 27, 2011 and June 19, 2012.

Just Wait Until Your Mother Gets Home, The New York Times, August 10, 2012

In a City Fighting Blight, ‘Ghost Signs’ as Portals to a Bygone Era, The New York Times, January 23, 2012

Lawyer Turned Stay-at-home Dad Finds Joy in Detroit, The Detroit News, July 25, 2012

'Til Tech Do Us Part, Wall Street Journal, August 4, 2007

hey, isn't that. . ., washington post, january 9, 2008

It's hard out there for a pop, Bitch Magazine, March, 2011

This is the Motor City, Blueprint Magazine, March, 2011

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