"[Schmader's] protean wit, his willingness to stare without blinking into howlingly painful emotional cyclones, and his unfailingly calibrated ethical compass are three virtues every writer should strive to emulate.”
Between 1999 and 2015, Schmader served as a writer and editor of the Pulitzer-winning Seattle newsweekly The Stranger, writing the column "Last Days: The Week in Review" and covering everything from the Michael Jackson criminal trial to the post-prison life of the West Memphis Three.
An Interview with Lily Tomlin
The criminal trial against Michael Jackson has just begun, but for the troubled King of Pop's most passionate fans, Jackson's innocence is more than a foregone conclusion—it's a fact of life.
An Interview with Fran Lebowitz
Sims Ellison did more than provide yet another tragically premature rock corpse
Morrissey's Wonderful and Horrible Autobiography
An Interview with Ellen DeGeneres
Intiman Bares Its Musical Heart with the World Premiere of ‘The Light in the Piazza’
Inay's Asian Pacific Cuisine Is All That
In Memory of Anna Nicole Smith
Megan Griffiths's Brilliant Eden Makes Humane Art Out of Inhumanity
An Interview with the West Memphis Three's Jason Baldwin
With a New Album on Her New Label, Visqueen's Rachel Flotard Honors the Man Who Made Her
Mormons, Mysteries, and a Beauty-Queen Sociopath
(How Not to Get Married)
A Truth-Seeking Vegetarian Dares to Look His Field Roast in the Eye
After 26 Years, History Catches Up to Bailey/Coy Books
He treated pop like it was destiny
In 2016, Schmader began writing essays for the Seattle magazine City Arts.
On Making a Mixtape for My Dad's Final Days
Xolie Morra is a Gifted Singer/Songwriter Staking a Claim for Neurodiversity
One of the Lucky Couples
What the Drugs Taught Me
A five-part collaboration with the award-winning comic artist Ellen Forney, originally published in The Stranger and subsequently published in Forney's comics collection I Love Led Zeppelin.