About

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I am a writer and editor whose articles and essays have been published by The Atlantic online, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Literary Hub, The Millions, The New York TimesOutside, Orion, Time-Life Books, The Rumpus, The Verge, and The Writer, among others. My stories have been backed by The Investigative Fund, supported by a Wellstone Center writing residency, anthologized in numerous collections, and covered by such outlets as BuzzFeed, Longreads, NBC News Today, NPR, MTV, MediaShift, and ThinkProgress, among others.

I am the founding editor and publisher of the award-winning magazine, Outdoors, for the Appalachian Mountain Club, an editor at large to the journal Appalachia, a 2016 Google-Knight Foundation Newsgeist invitee, and a 2017 Mirror Award Finalist. 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 ice-falls, 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

VergeSpeak the Name Language (Literary Hub)
We have a cabinet that is the most male and the most white in a more than a quarter century, and it is dominated by the likes of Mike, Rex, Steven, James, Jeff, Ryan, Rick… Names matter. And what we do, the choices we make—what we give, what we take—this matters, too.

The 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. 2017 Mirror Award Finalist. Best read at The Atlantic, BuzzfeedForeign Policy, and Longreads. Featured interview at MediaShift, with Mark Glaser.

Media, Company, Behemoth: What, exactly, is Facebook? (The Verge)
Facebook won’t call itself a media company.​ ​Is it time to reimagine journalism for the digital age? With contribution from Soraya Chemaly and The Investigative Fund.

Toward a Wider View of “Nature Writing” (The Los Angeles Review of Books)
Disruptions and disasters are part of a wider history, it’s true. Yet so, too, are serenity and discovery, wonder and awe, gratitude and pleasure, the sublime — in other words, the fullness of what it means to be human on this earth.

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

From Orwell to Trump: When Does Egoism Become Narcissism? (Literary Hub)
On the universal trickiness of crafting a persona in writing and otherwise.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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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.

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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)

Snow Bound (AMC Outdoors)

The Race to the North Pole: Who Seized the Arctic Grail? (Time-Life)

The Great Survivor: Ernest Shackleton (Time-Life)

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

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