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  • 35 references 29 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning Spanish
  • 38, Male
  • Member since 2006
  • Writer | Web Designer | Folk Singer
  • B.S. Communications
  • From Charlottesville, VA
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About Me


Getting my Masters in Public Policy.


I'm a writer, musician, and graphic designer.

I also love travel and gardening.

I call Charlottesville, VA home. I spent the last 6 1/2 years there serving as the Director of Communications for the student volunteer center at the University of Virginia.

I'm currently taking a creative year to work on artistic projects, including a book about hitchhiking.

I'm pretty laid back.


Significance comes from loving others.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


My roommates and I hosted many times at my last house in Charlottesville. I surfed a bunch last summer. I just moved outside of town by 20-30 minutes would still love to host, but you'll need a car.


Some highlights:

- Backpacked across Mexico w/ Kaleb Matson
- Caught an underground rock concert in Atlanta w/ Frak
- Took Carey to a Charlottesville brewery & introduced her to my friends (now she lives here)
- Camped on Easter Island w/ Drew and Caroline Macomber
- Hiked Mill Mountain w/ Whitney Hubbard
- Planted onions w/ James Case
- Read One Fish, Two Fish to Liam w/ Matt and Rebecca Williams
- Kayaked w/ alligators and Talia Seider
- Hosted a house concert w/ Daniel McCord
- Watched Cosmos w/ Eric McAnly
- Rocked a Bastille Concert w/ Stephen Rutledge
- Hunted Morel Mushrooms w/ Danna Flowers
- Played Appalachian Dulcimer w/ John and Diana Krautter
- Gardened & split wood w/ Nick & Rachel Sarah at Downstream Project


On most Mondays I can be found at The Local's Songwriter's Night. I love our local music scene, especially the community among our many talented songwriters. I enjoy the outdoors, reading, writing, and gardening.

  • fish
  • writing
  • books
  • design
  • graphic design
  • concerts
  • gardening
  • flowers
  • reading
  • traveling
  • music
  • guitar
  • outdoor activities
  • fishing
  • communications
  • public policy
  • hitchhiking
  • volunteering

Music, Movies, and Books

Some of my favorite movies:

In Pursuit of Happyness, Big Fish, The Prestige, Inception, Looper


The Unsettling of America & everything Wendell Berry


Glen Hansard, Iron and Wine, Gregory Alan Isakov, Tom Conlon

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

The summer before last I took my baby sisters on a trip across Ireland and Scotland. We visited the Skelligs – a surreal rocky outcrop off the coast of Ireland and got to witness the puffins breeding.

I once flew to Seattle from East Coast on a whim. Bought a motorcycle and spent the next four weeks driving it home.

My friend Ben and I backpacked through the Middle East from Istanbul to Cairo, crossing through Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, and Egypt.

Teach, Learn, Share

Teach: Web Design, Gardening, Songwriting, Guitar...

Learn: Whatever is local!

Countries I’ve Visited

Belize, Chile, Costa Rica, Egypt, Guatemala, Honduras, Ireland, Jordan, Lebanon, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, United Kingdom

Countries I’ve Lived In

United States

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