I'm a journalist who writes for magazines and lives in Seattle. Most of the time I focus on longform narrative and environmental reporting, but I'm generally fascinated by the unexpected workings of our crazy world. I like a good story.
This year I was a finalist for the PEN USA Literary Award in Journalism and the Livingston Award in International Reporting. I'm also the 2016 recipient of the Reporting Award from NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and a visiting scholar at NYU. My work has been published in The Best American Science and Nature Writing (Houghton-Mifflin, 2015) and the anthology Love and Ruin (Norton, 2016).
I'm a contributing writer to The California Sunday Magazine (look for it with the LA Times, Sacramento Bee, and San Francisco Chronicle, or here) and have also written for The New York Times Magazine, Harper's Magazine, Pacific Standard, Smithsonian, Audubon, MATTER, Seattle Met Magazine, and many others. I was a 2015 Alicia Patterson Foundation fellow; my work has also been supported by the Middlebury Fellowship in Environmental Journalism and the Northwest Science Writers Association.
I grew up in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee.