My name is Trent, and I’m a writer, teacher, and club/radio dj born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio.
I’ve been an education junkie since “the cool teacher” lent me a copy of The Teenage Liberation Handbook in high school when I kept cutting class to play guitar. I dropped out at age sixteen to start college at Simon’s Rock, a tiny hippie school in the Berkshires where I studied Hawaiian language and wrote a novel for my thesis. After completing my teacher training at Stanford, I wrote computer science curriculum for Google and Code.org, helmed classrooms in middle school, high school and college, and spent a year in Japan teaching English and eating all the food.
I caught the dj bug in grad school and I’ve been bonkers about college radio ever since. I’ve hosted a mix of music shows including “The DJ Never Has It” (indie/punk) at KZSU 90.1 and “Blank-Wave Arcade” (new wave/goth/industrial) at WJCU 88.7, and you can hear me spin stompy synth in dance clubs as Merricat McGee. I music directed at KZSU for several years, and at WJCU I served first as Operations Manager, then as General Manager. My audio narrative “Goth Grows Up,” produced at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, was chosen as a Finalist for the 2021 Miller Audio Prize by The Missouri Review.
I love to write and tell stories. My bachelor’s thesis was a novel about surfing, siblings, punk rock and Los Angeles, and my first internships out of college were at Random House and the MIT Press. I studied fiction with David Yoo at Writers in Paradise and at the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop with Angie Cruz. I currently read for three literary magazines: The Common, The Masters Review, and Gordon Square Review. My essays have been published in The Washington Post and in the anthology Red State Blues: Stories from Midwestern Life on the Left.
Simon’s Rock College of Bard, B.A.
Stanford University, M.A.T.
The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, Graduate Certificate
“Goth Grows Up” (produced at Salt), 2021 Miller Audio Prize Finalist, on Miller Aud-Cast / The Missouri Review
“I’m Dating a Conspiracy Theorist. But It Feels Like I’m the One Going Crazy” in The Washington Post
“An Ode to Christopher Columbus, the Secret Jew Who Died of Syphilis” in Red State Blues: Stories from Midwestern Life on the Left
“Journalist 'Survived' Post-Election With Conspiracy Theorist Boyfriend” on All Things Considered, NPR
Blank-Wave Arcade, WJCU