For over 25 years, Crash Barry has worked as a print, radio and web reporter, focusing on the intersection of politics and culture in Maine. First, back in the mid-1990s, as a muckraker for Portland alt-weeklies, then as a news-talk show producer, followed by a stint as a national correspondent for a radio network. By the early 2000s, Crash often went undercover to research stories for the now-defunct Casco Bay Weekly, staying in homeless shelters, working day labor, cleaning nasty apartments, and for a brief period, flipping burgers at McDonalds. (His first shift started at noon, on September 11, 2001.)
From 2005 onwards, he contributed films, investigative cover stories and columns to thebollard.com (now mainernews.com) a Portland alt-monthly. In 2015 and 2016, he wrote extensively about Maine’s path to cannabis liberation for leafly.com.
The author of three books (the rollicking novel Sex, Drugs and Blueberries, the gritty memoir Tough Island and the true story Marijuana Valley), Crash is also a filmmaker and directed the adaptation of his novel Sex, Drugs and Blueberries. He lives near a cannabis grove in the foothills of western Maine.