About

I’m a writer, audio producer, editor, and teacher living in Western Massachusetts.

I’m currently writing a book about the world of blindness (and figuring out my place in it) for Penguin Press.

I have an email newsletter that I have never used to send anyone an email, ever; you can subscribe and fail to receive any emails from me by going here.

From 2013–2019, I hosted and produced the Organist, an arts-and-culture podcast, for KCRW. I’ve produced audio for a range of entities, including a story about reading technologies for the blind for 99 Percent Invisible.

I wrote about Joe Frank, Ira Glass, and narrative radio for the New York Review Daily, and my essays and criticism have appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly, the San Francisco Chronicle, BOMB magazine, the catalog for the 2014 Whitney Biennial, and elsewhere.

I’ve taught nonfiction writing, radio, and “digital storytelling” (?) at Smith College, UMass-Amherst, and the University of Missouri.

I’ve been an editor at the Believer since 2003, and I’ve edited books for McSweeney’s, Vintage, and Chronicle.

My email address is aleland at gmail.