Marc Ramirez

Award-winning journalist, culture fiend, food and cocktail enthusiast, mischief maker, sworn enemy of the superficial and chronicler of all things falling under the circus tent of what Tom Wolfe called "the irresistibly lurid carnival of American life."

I specialize in narrative writing and stories about how we live, including social media, subcultures, lifestyles, sports, socio-cultural phenomena and stories about trendsetters, iconoclasts and ordinary people facing universal challenges and experiences. Oh, I also write about craft-cocktail culture.

Currently I'm a senior writer for The Dallas Morning News, where my series on the challenges of a young boy facing imminent blindness was published in early 2012 as an eBook called Zach's Journey. The series, winner of the 2012 National Headliner Award for feature writing and two-time winner of the Barbara Jordan Media Award, is available here.

As a staff writer for The Seattle Times and Phoenix New Times, I saw the Northern Lights in Iceland, played card games with Apaches, grooved to hip-hop in Havana and rode a Harley from Seattle to Sturgis, S.D. I also contributed to the Seattle Times' coverage of the shooting deaths of four police officers and subsequent manhunt, which won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for breaking-news reporting.

Good food, drink and friends are the mirepoix of life. Follow my writing about craft-cocktail culture at my personal blog, Barmoire, or on The Dallas Morning News' craft beer and cocktails blog. You can find older posts here in the newspaper's style magazine, FDLuxe.

Inset photo: by Tom Fox, The Dallas Morning News

Background photo: Negroni at Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop, New Orleans (Marc Ramirez)

"What this country needs is more people to inspire others with confidence, and fewer people to discourage any initiative in the right direction, more to get into the thick of things, fewer to sit