This portfolio displays a range of writing projects completed since 2007. The majority were composed while publishing The Global Game, a website of reporting on sociocultural and literary aspects of world football, and led to publication of The Global Game: Writers on Soccer (University of Nebraska Press, 2008).
In addition, my long-form freelance writing has appeared in Afriche e Orienti, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, New York Times, Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies, Soccer & Society, So Foot (Paris), When Saturday Comes (London), World Literature Today and other magazines; an essay, “Alone in the Woods: The Literary Landscape of Soccer’s ‘Last Defender‘ ” (World Literature Today, July/August 2010), was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, the top award for small presses.
Online articles (selected)
- “In Colombia, a Soccer Paradox.” New York Times, July 1, 2011.
- “World Cup/World Lit 2011.” A special section of essays, poetry, and fiction curated for World Literature Today, May-June 2011, also including conversations with writers Nalinaksha Bhattacharya (India), Ana María Moix (Spain), and Elísabet Jókulsdöttir (Iceland).
- “Zizou Redemptor.” Soccer & Society 12, no. 1 (2011).
- “‘Alone in the Woods’: The Literary Landscape of Soccer’s ‘Last Defender.'” World Literature Today, July-August 2010.
- “Curtain Call: Confusion in the Soviet Union.” When Saturday Comes 267, May 2009.
- “Ultimate XI: Writers Can Play, Too.” New York Times, March 7, 2009.
- “As Good as It Got: Atlanta Chiefs 1968.” When Saturday Comes 262, December 2008.
- “Uppies and Downies.” Review of Uppies and Downies: The Extraordinary Football Games of Britain by Hugh Hornby (English Heritage), When Saturday Comes 255, May 2008.
- “Soccer.” New Georgia Encyclopedia (Georgia Humanities Council), 2008.
At present I am finishing work on The Global Game Collection: Essays, Interviews, and Reporting on World Soccer.
Auschwitz and the perversion of football
A 2008 interview with poet William Heyen, who speaks about his poem “Parity,” concerning a famous soccer match at the Auschwitz death camp
Filming soccer in places with no name
An assessment of the documentary film Pelada (2010) and, indirectly, accounting for a decade’s writing on world football
Remembering Eudy Simelane
On-location reporting from KwaThema, South Africa, on the life and violent death of national footballer Eudy Simelane