Downtown Madison, WI is an isthmus sandwiched between Lakes Mendota and Menona. Because they are lakes, they smell like lakes. Culver's corporate headquarters is not far away, and there are more than a dozen Culver's in Madison, so the city also kind of smells like butterburgers. ®

I moved to Madison to take a position at the University of Wisconsin as the Ethnic American Music Curator. In this role, I divide my time between public programming [as part of the Sustaining Scandinavian Folk Arts in the Upper Midwest project], teaching [co-teaching summer folklore field schools and co-managing summer folk arts fieldwork programs in conjunction with the WI and MN State Arts Boards], audio engineering [building and running the audio preservation studio for the Mills Music Library and Wisconsin Music Archive], as well as music curation [acquiring music collections and conducting oral histories and fieldwork with ethnic American musicians throughout the Upper Midwest]. In addition to my work at the University, I am also recording a lot of new music [See: Nate Gibson & the Stars of Starday] and living the dream in my mid-century time capsule. I remain a die-hard Red Sox fan, but the Milwaukee Brewers and Madison Mallards are surely growing on me.