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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. I went to teacher school, 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 and “Blank-Wave Arcade” (new wave/goth/industrial) at WJCU, and you can occasionally hear me spin stompy synth in dance clubs as Merricat McGee. My audio narrative “Goth Grows Up,” produced at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, was a Finalist for The Missouri Review’s 2021 Miller Audio Prize. I work at Kast Media, where I co-wrote and produced the investigative true crime limited series Lost In Panama.

 

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 serve as editorial liaison for The Common, Amherst College’s literary magazine. My essays have been published in The Washington Post and in the anthology Red State Blues: Stories from Midwestern Life on the Left.

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Education:

Simons Rock College of Bard, B.A.

Stanford University, M.A.T.

The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, Graduate Certificate

Podcasts:

Lost In Panama” (writer/producer), Kast Media [2022]

Goth Grows Up” (produced at Salt), 2021 Miller Audio Prize Finalist, on Miller Aud-Cast / The Missouri Review [2021]

Publications:

Im Dating a Conspiracy Theorist. But It Feels Like I’m the One Going Crazy” in The Washington Post [2020]

“An Ode to Christopher Columbus, the Secret Jew Who Died of Syphilis” in Red State Blues: Stories from Midwestern Life on the Left [2018]

Featured On:

Journalist 'Survived' Post-Election With Conspiracy Theorist Boyfriend” on All Things Considered, NPR [2021]

Journalist On What Its Like To Date a Conspiracy Theorist” on All Things Considered, NPR [2020]

Radio Shows:

The DJ Never Has It, KZSU

Blank-Wave Arcade, WJCU