Above all, I am a writer.
But I am also an audio producer, a photographer, and a videographer. That means I produce nonfiction work in words, in sound, and in image, in print, on the air, and online.
Okay this does not completely suck -- my piece about miniatures for Esquire was chosen as a Top 5 Longreads of the Week of Dec. 1, 2023, by Longreads, and you might say I'm kind of happy about that.
I am a writer of nonfiction -- my most recent book came out with the University of North Carolina Press in March 2019, so one thing this site offers is a link to that project's website: the Lawson Trek, and to my contact email. If this site does not provide what you need, if you want information on my books that you don't find on my books page here, I suggest my Amazon page or my Indiebound page, and can we just agree that Indiebound is where you want to buy books if you at all possibly can? Thanks. Now if you want to hear more of my public radio work than you hear on my audio page here, I suggest my NPR page, though here's a link directly to my best radio piece ever, I think (from the wonderful Splendid Table). For additional video pieces, try here, and for multimedia try here. For pure writing work, here are links to my more recent work in Tablet Magazine, Charlotte Magazine, Our State Magazine, and Walter Magazine. And here's some work from Scientific American and Slate.
And I'm currently senior writer at Duke Magazine, with an archive of my work here.
I served as 2011 Piedmont Laureate and I was a 2002-2003 Knight-Wallace Fellow at Michigan and a 2014-2015 Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT.
I hope you can find what you need on this site, and I hope you let me know if there's something you can't find.
A Little Bit Sideways has been rereleased!
Here are a few things I've done recently: