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 also wrote and produced the 7-part investigative true crime series “Lost In Panama” for Kast Media in 2022.
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.
Simon’s Rock College of Bard, B.A.
Stanford University, M.A.T.
The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, Graduate Certificate
“Lost In Panama” (writer/producer), Kast Media 
“Pictures of the Kids” (co-producer), 24-Hour Radio Race Runner Up, on KCRW 
“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