Welcome to my website! I'm a linguist and freelance writer living in Eugene, Oregon. My writing focuses on language-related topics, especially American English, word histories, and grammar and style. My books explore aspects of America's colorful linguistic past, including most recently Splendiferous Speech, the story of how newly independent Americans created their own brand of English.
My articles cover a wide range of topics, from Noah Webster's 1785 book tour to plain English for business owners. My byline has appeared in The Saturday Evening Post, American History, Christian Science Monitor, Time.com, Atlas Obscura, Entrepreneur.com, and Whole Earth, among other places. I have also written about research and editing techniques for The Writer, Writer's Digest, and other writers' publications.
I'm available for book readings, talks, or interviews on the history of American English. Previous radio interviews include NPR's Tell Me More, The Bob Edwards Show, and Jefferson Exchange. I also speak to writers' groups and classes on the practical aspects of writing and publishing nonfiction. If you'd like to arrange a presentation, please get in touch. I'll look forward to hearing from you.