Photo by Cousin Daniel for Death+Taxes.My name is Joe, born November 3, 1985, in rural southern Wisconsin, complete with cows, raspberry fields and star-filled skies. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison with a degree in journalism and mass communication in 2008, and moved to Chicago shortly thereafter. I work as a writer and reporter and am currently employed as a senior reporter focused on food and water issues at The Huffington Post. My work has also been featured in the Village Voice, Fodor’sGapers BlockWindy City TimesEDGE Media Network,, Chicagoist and elsewhere. I also formerly waited tables at an actual sit-down rural Pizza Hut and spent a strange week working as a magician’s assistant.

I live in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood with my partner Stefin, two cats and way too many records.

Yes, I really love music. As a hobby, I occasionally DJ. In 2011, I co-founded the Subject to Change collective, a group which held monthly fundraising parties/DJ nights benefiting area non-profit and community groups. I’m also the resident DJ of Burly, another monthly event held at The Burlington Bar in Logan Square.  In addition, I host and co-organize an annual tribute night to British music legend Kate Bush.

Running my mouth on HuffPost Live.

These are a few of my favorite published works:


Erbentraut spoke on a 2013 “Print to the Future” panel moderated by Alison Cuddy at Revolution Brewery. Other speakers included Ed Marszewski, Mara Shalhoup and Charles Whitaker. Watch highlights here: