Writer, musician, record label owner, expatriated New Yorker, and grown boy from the Jersey Shore based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. 

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*It’s pronounced “Ven-you-toll-oh Mon-tove-ah-nee”



'The Face of Black Snowboarding' is 'Looking for the Next Me' for The New York Times

Family History, Uncovered in Quarantine for The New York Times

The Quiet Rise of Martin Truex Jr. for The New York Times

Southern is Not a Style for The New York Times

Where Does A 225-Year-Old Warship Get Its Parts? At the Navy's Forest, Of Course for National Geographic

From Tragedy to Triumph: Nida Allam's History-Making Journey for The Bitter Southerner (featured on Longreads)

I Think I'm Going to Miss Being Locked Down for The Guardian

These Adults Moved Back with Mom and Dad During the Pandemic. Did They Regret It? for The Guardian

How Mick Jagger Rocked a Plucky Charlotte Dive Bar for Garden & Gun

Finding Mississippi John Hurt for Salvation South

Seeds For Marvin for Salvation South

The A-to-Zs of Record Collecting for Discogs

NASCAR’S Big Star: Brehanna Daniels is Having a Good Year for Victory Journal

How I Learned to Shoot from a Pair of Green Berets for Guns and Ammo/AR-15 Magazine


The East Coast Greenway is Becoming One of America's Most Visited Outdoor Spaces for Condé Nast Traveler

Exploring Ancient Italian Villages, Our Ten-Month-Old in Tow for The Toronto Star

Where Do the Travel Writers Long to Travel? for The Toronto Star

A Day Trip to Tivoli for Travel + Leisure

Five Sites That Tell North Carolina's Civil Rights Story for Our State Magazine

The South’s Best Pizza for Southern Living


Dispatch from a Most Ridiculous Bike Race for Bicycling Magazine

Riding Across the Ocean... Kind Of for The Radavist

On Climbing While Clydesdale for Bicycling Magazine

Pivot's Fatherhood Series Part 1: Chris Spealler for Pivot Cycles


My Family’s Secret Recipe for Immortality for Catapult

Language Lessons at Crook's Corner for The Bitter Southerner

Lessons in Waiting for Yes for The Millions

In Search Of: Grandmas for Catapult

That Time Sturgill Simpson Gave Me His Door Money for Cuepoint Magazine

On American Pop in All Its Grotesque Beauty for Talkhouse

Coney Island and the New York We Left Behind for Age of Awareness


Race for Coronavirus Vaccine Pits Spy Against Spy for The New York Times (front page, Sunday Edition)

In North Carolina's Research Triangle, Progressives Harbor Hope for The New York Times

Isaias Pummels the East Coast for The New York Times

An Invisible Line Cleaves a Region into Political Camps for The New York Times

For 39 Years, All About Beer Shaped the Craft Beer Scene. This is How it Collapsed for Indy Week


What the Fuck is a Tie, Anyway? for Wry Times

12 Hollywood Sequels Least Likely to Make it Out of Development Hell for Wry Times

The United States of Springsteen for Wry Times

Dear Scientists, Have You Tried Curing COVID-19 with Some Motherfucking James Gang? for Wry Times

Autumnal Chicken Recipe for Wry Times

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