A native of Seattle, Lewis Page grew up splitting time between his parents’ independent bookstore and the landscapes of Washington State. At eighteen, he moved away to start college at the University of Chicago, where he developed an interest in history, in part out of his encounter with Chicago and its complex and contested past. He wrote for South Side Weekly, a nonprofit weekly newspaper distributed throughout Chicago’s South Side. He learned to love reporting, and stuck with the Weekly through four years of editing, writing, and helping with publication. In the classroom, he completed majors in history (with a focus on the history of capitalism) and anthropology (with a focus on science and technology). His thesis for the department of anthropology, about the history of the standardized shipping container, was awarded honors. Late in college he interned with The Point magazine, a national journal of academic and philosophically charged personal essays. After graduation, he interned as an editor at the Los Angeles Review of Books. He is currently an editorial fellow at Sierra, the Sierra Club’s magazine, where he works as a fact-checker and writes criticism and reportage about the natural world and our relationship to it. He hopes to make a career writing, editing, and publishing magazines that support civic engagement through critical thought.
2019-2020 Luce Scholar