Lawrence J. Maushard
has created a body of work with a focus on large issues as
experienced by mostly working-class people of few means and
work has included stories about laid-off union workers in
the Midwest, poor youth in Nicaragua, independence-minded
residents in the former East bloc and desperate street peddlers
in Cairo, to name a few.
its not as if hes been jetting in style around
the globe in search of mystery and intrigue. Well, at least
not the part about jetting round in style. Coach, always coach.
Thats because Maushard has labored as an independent
journalist since his last regular newspaper job in 1987 at
the Daily Times in Pekin, Illinois. Since then, hes
subsidized his reporting by working variously as proofreader,
warehouse clerk, public relations specialist, shipper & receiver,
secretary, security guard, and bodega cashier, though not
necessarily in that order.
best thing that ever happened to this writer is the day he
married Manizeh Karami in Chicago, 1995. Since then, he and
his wife have lived a crazed version of the American dream
constantly in flux and often out of control. Neither have
any plans to change.
1959 and raised in Peoria, Illinois, Maushard is the oldest
sibling in a family of five brothers and two sisters. His
father Tom is a proudly retired home and office lighting fixture
salesman formerly at the family-run business still in operation
after more than 100 years. His mother Nancy is a retired Registered
Nurse and Assistant Teacher. At the moment, everyone is doing
is a 1982 graduate of Illinois State University with a degree
in English and minor in History. He graduated from Catholic
elementary and high schools in Peoria, St. Philomenas
and the Academy of Our Lady/Spalding Institute.
residing with his wife in Portland, Oregon, Maushard is extremely
proud that his adopted city was the first municipality in
the nation to refuse to allow its police to interview men
of Middle Eastern and Asian backgrounds as dictated by the
US Attorney General. And he is very much ashamed of and appalled
by the actions of the present illegitimate American President.
Stills by Miko Sandor.
Home page photos by Derek Szabo and LJM.