Hi. My name is Mike…
…Mike Mennonno (slant-rhymes with “Yoko Ono” — no relation). And I am, among other things, a freelance writer and reviewer, op-ed columnist, blogger and new media consultant, avid cyclist, gardener and open-spaces advocate, art-geek and book-lover based in the beautiful Fenway neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts.
After graduating from Indiana University in 1993, I spent three years as a farmhand, traveling in the off-season. In ’96 I went abroad to teach ESL in Eastern Europe — finally settling in beautiful Budapest, Hungary for the better part of a decade. I moved back to the states in 2003, and began writing op-eds in ’05. My op-ed column (more here) ran in the daily Metro in ’05 and ’06, reaching half a million readers a week.
I’ve been blogging for almost a decade now. My blogs — on urban transit, art, community gardening, life in Boston and life in general — have been featured in the Boston Globe, the Herald, and on NPR. My personal general interest blog mennonnosapiens.com received a quarter million hits last year, and is about to clock in at a million words, a dubious milestone, to be sure.
I have written about everything from homelessness in Boston for the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance, to sex tourism in Eastern Europe for Genre (more here). I will write about just about anything, and welcome all ideas, tips, and inquiries. Contact me here!
My day job is in higher ed, where, over the past fifteen years, I have been both a teacher and an administrator, in the U.S. and overseas, in the public and private sectors (more here). I am currently bookkeeper for the Ben Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT), a private two-year college with over 600 students and 70 faculty and staff.
I also teach evening computer courses for the Fenway CDC, geared towards low- and moderate-income adult learners, seniors, and those with disabilities.
I am a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). At BFIT I work closely with our Fundraising and Development Department, and I am increasingly involved in grant writing, which I am currently studying at UMass.
I am also on the fundraising committee of the Fenway Garden Society, a 501(c)3 with over 400 members, where aside from tending my garden and taking lots of pictures, I work on securing grants for general operating and special events.
My advocacy and activism has been geared toward urban and social justice issues. I have organized successful rallies against transit fare hikes, working with organizations like The T Riders Union and MassPIRG. I have also worked with The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation on rehabilitating neighborhood parks, like Meaney Park in Dorchester. I am an avid urban cyclist.
I was a tireless advocate of marriage equality, publishing numerous op-eds in the Boston Metro during the struggle to achieve it here in Massachusetts, and I remain outspoken on the repeal of DOMA and DADT.
Please check out the bio, clippings, and links pages for more, and feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, comments, suggestions, or tips!