TPP Editor / Contributor Bios

Editors

(POLITICS, SPORTS, Editor-in-Chief) Howard Megdal
covers baseball and basketball for SNY.tv, Capital New York, MLBTradeRumors.com, and NYBaseballDigest.com. He has written for The New York Times, ESPN.com and numerous other publications. His book about Jewish baseball players, “The Baseball Talmud,” was published by HarperCollins and is available wherever books are sold. Howard co-hosts the radio program New York Baseball Digest with Mike Silva; Podcasts are available on iTunes. He has been a guest on a number of radio stations, including WFAN and WVOX. Howard is the Poet Laureate of AmazinAvenue.com. You can reach Howard at hmegdal@yahoo.com. [previous writings]

(HUMOR) Molly Schoemann is a freelance writer and editor who grew up in New York City and moved to Boston by way of Honolulu (possibly she took a wrong turn somewhere). She currently lives in Garner, North Carolina.

Molly began writing humor during her freshman year at Bard College. Her work has appeared in Bitch Magazine and on websites including McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and The Big Jewel. She is also a regular contributor to the satirical CAP News and The Free Wood Post. Visit Molly at: www.mollyschoemann.com. [previous writings]

(ARTS/CULTURE EDITRIX) Jillian Lovejoy Lowery graduated from a prominent liberal arts college in 2000, with a degree in English and a concentration in non-fiction writing. Since then, she has worked in public relations for various different organizations, including a publishing house, a mental healthcare provider and a small liberal arts college. When not fashioning press releases or answering media inquiries, she immerses herself in books, music and film, and is a sucker for magazines ranging from the New Yorker to Us Weekly to Nylon. A resident of Pennsylvania, Jillian has three cats, five tattoos and a husband, all of which she likes very much. [previous writings]

(WEB) Chris Pummer worked for the Sun-Times Media Group for nearly six years writing sports, features and news, editing, designing and generally being a jack-of-all-trades. He’s also worked for various print and Internet publications, including a stint as Web editor for The Outside World. Chris is a 2003 graduate of Kansas State University and lives in the Chicago area with his wife Maggie and sons Liam and Quinn. [previous writings]

Contributors

Jessica Bader is an information junkie, always looking to gobble up more facts and ideas to fuel her own thought process. Spending three hours going through all of the links in her RSS reader at the end of the day isn’t a chore or a luxury; it’s just part of her daily routine. Jessica has blogged about the New York Mets at Chicks Dig the Pitchers’ Duel, Take the 7 Train and Amazin’ Avenue, and her commentary was featured in Graphical Player 2009. A lifelong New Yorker, Jessica graduated from NYU in 2008 and works as an actuary.  She relishes the opportunity to take part in the serious discussion here at Perpetual Post about issues of both grea00000……0.0.t and small importance, as we have more than enough brainpower to devote to economic policy and the latest episode of Gossip Girl. [previous writings]

Ted Berg works as the senior editorial producer for SNY.tv, where he writes the popular “Flushing Fussing” Mets column. He is a 2003 graduate of Georgetown University and received his Master’s in Arts and Culture from NYU, where he was proud to once submit a paper about the work of Dave Chappelle entitled “Heteroglossia, Bitches.” Ted is relentlessly self-aggrandizing and his clothes always match. He loves Taco Bell, funk music and television. [previous writings]

Akie Bermiss is a pianist, composer, and singer living and working in New York City.  He has been a Man of Letters since he was still in his small-clothes but began writing music criticism in his college years.  He is a graduate of Bard College with  degree in music composition.  While there he also studied American Music (read: tin pan alley, broadway musicals, and jazz) and writing (read: wrote some bad poetry and called it good). To his friends, he is considered a musical snob of the highest order; to his enemies — a musical charlatan of the basest variety.  Among other things he is also the author of a children’s book (“I Hate to Be Sick” — out on Scholastic), a lover of science fiction, a huge fan of cigars, and he takes his bourbon: neat. [previous writings]

Nava Brahe is a freelance writer, blogger, web site content writer and Search Engine Optimization expert based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She holds a couple of impressive degrees in Creative Writing and English Literature from Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, and spent her formative years in Brooklyn cultivating her accent and a rather large chip on her shoulder. These days, she leads a quiet life rediscovering her Canadian roots and raising hell on the Internet. You can e-mail Nava at nava.brahe@yahoo.com.

Sonia Brand-Fisher is a student of Film Studies at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She is an avid researcher and writer, working as a research assistant for her professors on subjects ranging from Murnau to Hitchcock to Coppola. Her thesis work explores various topics concerning the history of film criticism, as she hopes to pursue a career in that field later in life. Sonia has worked on several student film productions, and has extensive experience acting, directing, costuming, and writing for theater. Her latest project is directing and jurying the Annual Five College Student Film and Video Festival. Sonia has an adoration of vintage fashion, film, music, and anything that can be accessorized with a martini.

Matthew David Brozik is a lawyer and writer. The most interesting thing he has done as the former is to seize (with the aid of several United States Marshals) counterfeit Mister Softee trucks; as the latter: to co-author the popular Government Manual series of books. Matthew’s short, quirky humor and/or fiction has appeared in myriad publications, each more obscure than the last. In 1992, Matthew co-founded Princeton University’s best and only currently extant improvisational comedy troupe. It’s been mostly downhill from there.

Jason Clinkscales has the unique – or sad – distinction of having never scoring a point in a regulated basketball game. He is a staff sportswriter for the New York Beacon, where along with having covered several New York area teams, he is the primary reporter for the NFL Giants. He also maintains the blog, A Sports Scribe, where he takes a look into not only games and players, but the business, media and the randomly funny in sports. His work has been featured in The Norman Einsteins and is one of the few New York City natives that actually loves Boston. He is a graduate of Babson College.

Mike Cummings writes about high school sports for the Decatur (Ala.) Daily. His work has also appeared on Salon.com, and he blogs occasionally at mikesbestguess.wordpress.com.

Jon Daly’s writing has appeared online at websites such as Baseball Think Factory and The Hardball Times. Jon is also the sole contributor to the blog Designated Sitter. (http://designatedsitter.blogspot.com/) He has also written several short biographies of baseball players that have appeared online or in books, including ones on Billy Southworth and Jim Willoughby. He Tweets @designatedsittr and can be reached at jon31768@gmail.com.

Thomas Delapa is a film studies instructor and critic currently living in Denver.  He has written on film, TV and the arts for such publications as the Chicago Tribune and Westword (Denver).  He has regularly curated film programs at the Denver Art Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art-Denver, and has taught film at the University of Colorado, the University of Denver and the Colorado Film School.  In 2006, he received first- and second-place awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Colorado chapter, for Arts and Entertainment Criticism.  He also has been film critic for such National Public Radio affiliates as WBEZ-FM in Chicago and KUVO-FM in Denver. His two Master’s degrees are from New York University (Cinema Studies) and the University of Chicago (Social Sciences).

Justin Jarrett is an award-winning sports writer currently working for The Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette newspapers in South Carolina. A 2004 graduate of the University of Missouri, he worked in a Columbia, Mo., record store for seven years, developing the perfect balance of music snobbery. A chronic multi-tasker, Justin attempts to maintain several blogs. He is also a husband, a music lover, a prolific television viewer, a sports fan, an avid but awful golfer, and a new father who intends to perpetrate the unconscionable crime of raising his son as a Chicago Cubs fan.

Stephon Johnson is a staff writer for the New York Amsterdam News. His work has appeared in Beyond Race Magazine and Baeble Music. His favorite recording artists are Michael Jackson, Tool, Everything But The Girl, The Roots, Kanye West, Stevie Wonder, Broken Social Scene and Herbert. He lives in The Bronx.  [previous writings]

Steve Kornacki draws paychecks by writing abut politics and his work can currently be seen in the New York Observer. He was born and grew up in Groton, Massachusetts, a town best known as the setting for one random scene in “The Next Karate Kid” (1994). He enjoys dinner by candlelight, long walks, holding hands, and oh yes – he hates yo-yos. He’s also been known to sob uncontrollably whenever he watches this. [previous writings]

Lilit Marcus is the editor-in-chief of savetheassistants.com, a website that provides support, humor, advice, and more for office peons. She’s also the author of creatively titled Save the Assistants: A Guide for Surviving the Workplace, which will be published by Hyperion in April 2010. A Brooklynite by way of North Carolina, she loves Bojangle’s fried chicken and screaming at cab drivers who turn corners too quickly.

Jeff Morrow lives in Arlington, Virginia, and is completing degrees in law and public policy from Georgetown University. Originally from South Jersey, Morrow attended Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass. There he refined his skills as policy wonk and comedy writer, two interests that would prove indispensable in his post-graduation work as an unreformed paleoliberal in a conservative Washington, D.C. think tank. (The book he will never write about this experience is entitled “Fish Out of Water: A Liberal in a Conservative Tank.”) He has been published in several obscure policy journals, and served as an editor on the Georgetown Law Journal. Like a preposterous number of his co-contributors at the Perpetual Post, Morrow maintains a relationship with the New York Mets not entirely unlike Charlie Brown’s with his football. [previous writings]

Chris Needham spends his days working on the Hill working in a government affairs department.  He doesn’t like to think of himself as a lobbyist because he’s on the side of good.  You might recognize him from his late-night appearances on C-SPAN 3, which have earned him critical acclaim from his friends and family.  He used to blog at Capitol Punishment about his favorite mediocre baseball team, the Nationals.  The folks at NBCWashington.com managed to lure him out of retirement, and you can find him there, desperately trying not to swear in his posts. [previous writings]

Krysten Oliphant is the girliest sports writer you’ll ever meet, and she fancies herself a fan of terrible teams. But she comes by it honestly, having been dragged to Astros, Oilers and Rockets games by her parents as a small child. She only recently began to see actual success from the teams she follows, thanks to the lucky draw of a scholarship to LSU and being transplanted long-term to New Orleans Saints territory. (She still hears the “Who dat?!” chant in her sleep.) When asked who is responsible for her interest in sports, she merely explains that she drove four hours from college to steal a World Series ticket out of her father’s hands so she and her mother could see the first ever World Series game in Texas, Game Three in 2005. Krysten graduated from LSU with a degree in pro-bono writing, also known as journalism, and minored in history and sociology. She has worked for The LSU Daily Reveille, The Detroit News, astros.com, The Democrat in Natchez, Miss., and The News-Star in Monroe, La., and has covered the Detroit Tigers, Lions and Shock, PGA and LPGA, the Astros, every LSU sport imaginable and is currently a prep sports editor in northeast Louisiana covering football that can only be described as Friday Night Lights meets The Waterboy meets MTV’s Two-A-Days.  You can follow her at http://twitter.com/krys930 or read her blogs on www.thenewsstar.com and http://homerunsandhighheels.wordpress.com if you’re into that sort of thing.

Lucas O’Neill is closer to 30 than he is to finishing his master’s degree. A sportswriter for both entities you’ve heard of and those you have not, he fancies himself something of a comedian, performing with a pair of groups (or “troupes,” as they say in the biz) in Boston. He holds — but not on a regular basis…it’s surprisingly heavy — a B.A. in Political Science from Vassar College and is a grizzled veteran of the Vassar-Bard Skirmishes of 2001-03. His mom would like him to get on “the MyFace” to meet women with whom he can, presumably, produce grandchildren for her. She doesn’t think it’s funny when he says he’d prefer to remain aloof and die alone. [previous writings]

Steve Murphy is a nobody who has written nothing but the hilarious and well-received musical Treaty 321!, performed at Fringe NYC and at the Cabaret Theatre at Rutgers, New Brunswick.   As a writer of musicals, Steve is completely unqualified for this, but sees this as a plus thanks to his upbeat temperament and complete brain-in-a-jar disconnection from reality. [previous writings]

Karen Patel is based in the UK, and primarily writes about UK and European soccer. She currently works on a casual basis for community magazine The Vine, and Liverpool FC fans magazine Well Red. The greatest day of her life was when she met the Liverpool FC players after a game against Birmingham City, and she got them to sign a magazine which now hangs proudly on her wall. The only thing that would surpass that experience is meeting Mariah Carey, who is her ‘Hero’ (pun not intended. Well maybe a little). As well as soccer and ballads, Karen also enjoys going for walks, watching bad movies and cooking.

Allison Midori Reilly is a freelance writer based in St. Louis, MO, a partially liberal dot in a sea of conservatism with a 300-mile radius. In such an environment, she’s learning to maintain a tough skin against criticism and to engage in political debate in a civil manner in order to prevent angering the masses. Originally from Honolulu, HI, she’s a 2010 graduate of Saint Louis University with a degree in international studies and political science. Reilly has been involved in Amnesty International for four years working on issues such as maternal health, the death penalty, gender violence, and the situation in Darfur. Her work can also be found on Examiner.com, the Conducive Chronicle and Ideabing.com, and was previously a staff writer for the University News, the newspaper of Saint Louis University

Zoë Rice grew up in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and has been writing steadily since she edited the Yale Daily News Magazine. After a hearty stint editing other authors’ books, her own novel, Pick Me Up, was published in 2006. Soon after, a watchful editor at mlb.com’s mlblogs recruited her to begin her popular Mets blog, Pick Me Up Some Mets. Today Zoë writes copy, ghostwrites, talks to strangers’ dogs on the street, gets excited about mundane things, and considers whether she should drink less coffee. She lives with her kitty near Union Square.

Laura Roberts is the editor of the literary rebellion, Black Heart Magazine (http://blackheartmagazine.com), as well as the local cheap-eats and entertainment blog, Shoestring Austin (http://shoestringaustin.com). She currently resides in a red state, despite her bleeding blue heart, along with an outrageous collection of Bachelor’s degrees from lesser-known universities, her cat Ned, and her unbelievably hot husband.

Dani Alexis Ryskamp is a recovering attorney, a freelance grant writer, and a lifetime Girl Scout. A 2007 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, Dani Alexis’s law degree collects dust while she writes grant applications for educational programs and medical clinics. (She is popular solely for persuading foundations to shower money upon her clients.) She also produces literary nonsense, some of which has been published in Expanded Horizons, All Things Girl, and the Muskegon River Review. Dani Alexis blogs at The Renaissance Pikey.

Emily Saidel graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities: Theater and Performance Studies. After working for four years in the performing arts, she is now studying at New York University in the department of Media, Culture, and Communication.  [previous writings]

Kiyan Sobhani is a passionate sports writer who knows everything you could possibly know about soccer. Born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Kiyan served as the World Cup Expert for The Coast and continues to be a regular in our sports columns while maintaining work on other soccer and NBA blogs. Being a huge Real Madrid and Toronto Raptors fan, Kiyan is starved of recent success or any success at all in the case of the Raptors, whose best ever team can be viewed here. You can follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/kiysi or read his blog at http://kiyansobhani.com/

Dan Szymborski, born and raised in Baltimore, has been the Editor-in-Chief of the Baseball Think Factory since 2002 and feels the best way to put his education to use is to calculate baseball projections and play online poker.  A trained and thoroughly mediocre classical pianist, Dan strives to walk the fine line between being a bon vivant and being the subject of an intervention. He is a regular contributor to ESPN.com.

Dave Tomar is a Philadelphia-based freelance writer, an event coordinator and a snappy dresser.   As an academic consultant, Dave has helped countless dangerously underqualified students to advance to the next level of their education.  As a columnist, music critic and isolated psychopath writing from the fringe of society, Dave has been published in a wide array of print and online publications including Philly.com, Chorus and Verse, WonkaVision Magazine, Binformed Magazine, AroundPhilly.com, UWire and High Beam Research.  Dave is also a cofounder and COO of Philly-based promoters, Liquid Vinyl Productions and a content editor for the non-profit group, Solutions For Progress.  Dave is also fondly remembered for playing the title role in the long-running sitcom, Murphy Brown. [previous writings]