i love lowercase letters,
craft-brewed beer,
and the great outdoors.
 

i strongly dislike lidded cups.
 

i am a loyal, though ill-informed, Wisconsin sports fan.
 

i read Animal Farm backwards. (chapter 13, then chapter 12, then 11, 10, ...)
 

i truly love working with words, and the art of
crafting a story.

 


i find words really fascinating. words are fundamental to nearly everything we do. they are the building blocks of basic communication, a form of art, and an outlet of personal expression. it’s all in how we use them.

through several formative years of working for branding and PR firms, i developed a knack for establishing a strong brand voice, and carrying that voice consistently through all forms of communication to create a cohesive brand experience. today, i'm fortunate enough to be able to apply that work experience to my role as a freelance copywriter and creative problem-solver.


the making of thomas e. 

i grew up roaming the boundless forest of northern Wisconsin with my two brothers and two sisters. we had virtually everything—snowmobiles, dirt bikes, go carts, a basketball court in the summer and a hockey rink in the winter. and the greatest parents in the history of parents. 

words have always been my thing.

i cut my teeth on abridged versions of American classics like Moby Dick, Treasure Island, and Oliver Twist. i learned sarcasm from Calvin & Hobbes and self-deprecation from dave barry. while other kids sketched the Air Jordan logo, i penned taglines on t-shirts with a Sharpie. i wrote stories about a prizefighter in an underground circuit and sold copies to my ever-encouraging parents for a quarter apiece. i submitted short stories to newspapers, editorials to magazines, and fan letters to my favorite brands.

after high school i spent 9 months at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee before departing on a multi-year endeavor i’d like to call a coming-of-age adventure, though i admit that’s a bit romanticized. my wanderings found me working retail in Los Angeles (on two separate occasions), and bartending in Wellfleet, Massachusetts—out on ye old Cape Cod. eventually i navigated my way through whatever that era of life was, and finished school in Wisconsin, graduating with a B.A. in communication in 2009. today I reside happily in Portland, Oregon, where i indulge myself in all of the brilliance that the mighty Pacific Northwest has to offer.

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