Maxwell grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan an avid reader of books and the news. In the spring of 2015, he graduated from the University of Michigan with a major in English Literature and a minor in Spanish. He completed two honors theses while there, in addition to working on the school newspaper, The Michigan Daily, as a crime reporter and magazine editor. He has previously written for The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Newsday. Follow him @MaxRadwin.