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Pole’s possibilities — and baggage

(Journal & Courier) The use of a pole in modern dance and exercise is growing. In this story that explores how vertical space opens up new choreography possibilities, I also look at how dancers deal with negative connotations that stem from pole’s association with strip clubs.

Fire sculpture folds in community

(Journal & Courier) A committee at Purdue commissioned the last fire sculpture designed by celebrated ceramic artist Nina Hole. Built and fired on site, only about two dozen of these pieces exist in the world. And the construction process is meant to strengthen communities.

Isbell’s relatable songwriting

(Journal & Courier) Because of his interview schedule, I had just eight minutes to talk with singer-songwriter Jason Isbell. I made my time count and ended up with a story that unpacked his introspective and relatable songwriting.