DSC_9760-2I am a writer and editor whose articles and essays have been published by The Atlantic online, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Millions, The New York TimesOutside, Orion, Time-Life Books, The Rumpus, The Verge, and The Writer, among others. My stories have been funded by The Investigative Fund, anthologized in numerous collections, and covered by such outlets as BuzzFeed, Longreads, NBC News Today, NPR’s On Point,  MTV, PBS’s MediaShift, Slate, and ThinkProgress, among others.

For more than a decade, I worked as an editor and publisher, and was the founding editor and publisher of the award-winning magazine Outdoors. I am an editor at large to the journal Appalachia. I’ve worked in a newsroom, and also a barn, a disco, a bar, and an embassy. I’ve waited tables and cleaned houses and climbed glaciers, and, for a couple years, lived in Paris, Strasbourg, and Marseille, France. I have a BA, in French literature, and an MFA, from Vermont College of Fine Arts, where I am a reader for the journal Hunger Mountain.

Stories & Essays

ericPetersen_skyscraper_RGB_fin.0The Secret Rules of the Internet (The Verge, with Soraya Chemaly, in collaboration with The Investigative Fund. Illustrated by Eric Petersen.)
The murky history of moderation, and how it’s shaping the future of free speech. Best read at The Atlantic, Buzzfeed, Foreign Policy, and Longreads.

Desire Lines (The Los Angeles Review of Books)
Toward a wider view of “Nature Writing.”

orionmagazine20151112-dl copyThe Power of Awe (Orion)
“Awe is as consequential to human adaptation as the stress response, which we take very seriously,” say researchers. “This isn’t just wishy-washy pollyannaishness, but part of our human nervous system.”

The Unsafety Net (The Atlantic, with Soraya Chemaly)
If, as the communications philosopher Marshall McLuhan famously said, television brought the brutality of war into people’s living rooms, the Internet today is bringing violence against women out of it. Featured by The Globe and MailThe Huffington Post, The Independent (UK), The Nation, NPR’s On Point, The New York Daily News, and Slate, among others.

Pants on Fire: The Genre That Cannot Be Named (The Millions)
Featured by the L.A. Times’ “Jacket Copy” and The Rumpus.

The Case for Teaching Kids How to Talk about Their Bodies (The Atlantic)
Featured by ThinkProgressNBC News Today, and Jezebel.

All the Pretty Horses (The Boston Globe)
A holiday ride in the hoof steps of Poldark’s equine stars.

TitleSearchTitle Search (The Writer)
What books about writing do you turn to for guidance? What books are you missing? Authors Elmaz Abinader, David Haynes, Gish Jen, and others, discuss what they’re reading and teaching—and why.

Teach Our Children Well (The Atlantic)
At increasingly young ages, programs aim to teach children about healthy relationships and create places where parents, teachers, and children feel they can speak up about abuse. Featured by The Journalism Center on Children and Families.

There’s a Word for That (The New York Times)

Cold Comfort (The Boston Globe)
Sometimes a movie, sometimes… winter camping. A very fresh take on date night.

Is That So? (The Rumpus)

Ego, Trip: On Self-Construction—and Destruction—in Creative Nonfiction (Assay)


This Counts as a School Day (Appalachia Journal)

Conversation Starters (Brain, Child)
Nominated for a 2013 PPFA Maggie Award for Media Excellence and featured by
the National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation

Scientist, Uninterrupted (Terrain)
More than 25 years ago, Dr. Theo Colborn blazed the trail in endocrine disruption research, facing detractors at every turn. Today, at 86, she’s no longer marginalized as a “bunny hugger,” but hailed as a visionary.

Five Questions for Dr. Theo Colbon (The Orion Blog)
Current day Rachel Carson, Colborn talks about EDCs and her life in science.

Where the Wild Things Ought to Be (The Wellborn Ecology Fund)

Still Listening (WorldHum.com)

Cleantown: Boston’s Harbor Islands Go Green (Outside)

Snow Days (Outdoors)

Euro Surf ‘n’ Turf: Mountain Biking, Spain (Outside)

Do Women Attract Bears? (Backpacker)