I began writing extensively during my freshman year of college at UW-Milwaukee in 2002 by writing music reviews for The UWM Leader. In the subsequent years at UWM, I also wrote news and did photography for The UWM Post. After college, I continued doing freelance work in both fields and had published work in The AV Club – Milwaukee, OnMilwaukee.com, CNN.com, and Chicago Reader.
As a photographer, I officially established Michael R. Mierendorf Photography in April 2010 and have shot portraits, weddings, and promotional work for hire. Following a move to Denver in 2011, I began focusing more on writing and co-founded Cultural Transmogrifier Magazine with my cousin and a friend. I ran CT as Managing Director and Publisher until February 2013 when I shut the site down on a hiatus. I managed a team of 10 contributing writers and 3 editors. To find out more about CT, please read a post here. During my time running CT, I wrote over 120 articles (including reviews of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Avengers, and Hunger Games) and contributed to an additional 20 staff articles.
Since establishing roots in Denver, I’ve found that my photography interests have been more in the fields of nature, landscape and abstract photography. While I haven’t pursued a professional path in photography recently, it continues to be a creative outlet for me. Since the hiatus of CT, my photography site has morphed into Mierendorf Media – a place for me to fully share my writing and photography creative passions. I then realized that I needed a website that would be open to collaboration, which led me to transition to Ludic Works.
Professionally, I’ve worked for The Onion (2006 – 2010) and Columbia College Chicago (2010 – present) focusing in digital marketing and communications, but you can see full details by viewing my digital resume.
I hope you enjoy the content on Ludic Works and learn some obscure pop culture trivia while you’re at it.