I am an editor and writer whose articles and essays have been published by The Atlantic online, The Millions, The New York Times, Outside, Orion, Time-Life Books, The Rumpus, and The Writer, among others. I am a contributing editor to the journal Appalachia, and the founding editor and publisher of the award-winning magazine Outdoors, where I worked with such contributors as E.O. Wilson, Galen Rowell, and Hannah Holmes. The daughter of activists, I grew up in and outside Boston. 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. Now I live in Vermont. 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.
The 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)
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 Mail, The Huffington Post, The Independent (UK), The Nation, NPR’s On Point, The New York Daily News, and Slate, among others.
Title 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.
The Case for Teaching Kids How to Talk about Their Bodies (The Atlantic)
Featured by ThinkProgress, NBC News Today, and Jezebel.
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.
Cold Comfort (The Boston Globe)
Sometimes dinner and a movie, sometimes… winter camping. A very fresh take on date night.
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)
There’s a Word for That (The New York Times)
Snow Days (Outdoors)
Do Women Attract Bears? (Backpacker)
Is That So? (The Rumpus)
This Counts as a School Day (Appalachia Journal)
Book Review: Before They’re Gone, by Michael Lanza (Appalachia Journal)
Still Listening (WorldHum.com)
Outdoors: The Magazine of the Appalachian Mountain Club