I’m currently a freelance writer and editor, and in the course of my career I’ve written hundreds of published articles. Here’s a sampling of some of my favorite pieces available online.
Anthropologist of the Everyday (Seattle Weekly). A profile of Gregory Blackstock, an artist with autism who creates visual lists of everything from varieties of speedboats to tools found at the hardware store.
After Pinnacle Lake (Washington Trails PDF). In July 2006, two female hikers were shot and killed on a trail in the Cascade mountains. In an in-depth investigation, I lay out the facts of this unsolved murder case and argue that law enforcement on US National Forest Service lands is woefully underfunded.
Beam Me Down Under (American Bookseller) An interview with Tony Horowitz, author of Blue Latitudes, in which he recounts following in the footsteps of explorer James Cook across the globe.
Bus + Bike + Hike (Washington Trails PDF) Want to reduce your carbon footprint and still go on magnificent hikes in the Cascades? This feature suggests ways to use a mountain bike and public buses to get to trailheads outside of Seattle.
Flying Fish, Festering Sinkholes, & Meandering Motorbikes (Northwest Runner) An account of the unique challenges I faced while training for a half-marathon in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Fun in the Geek Outdoors (Seattle Post-Intelligencer) An outing with a group of geocachers–people who use technology to create an outdoor treasure hunt aided by GPS.
Ground Report (Hufington Post) A personal essay about the fears and joys of volunteer canvassing for the 2008 Obama campaign in Youngstown, Ohio.
Postcards from the Dark Divide (Washington Law & Politics PDF) Going underground at a radical environmentalist training camp in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, I learned skills in civil disobedience, fire dancing, and identifying vole poop. This article won a first-place award from the Western Washington Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Strange Roots Book Review (Hanoi Grapevine) Blogger “Hanoi Ink” reviews Strange Roots, an anthology of fiction, poetry, art and essays from the Hanoi Writers Collective. This volume, which I helped edit, includes my story “Birdsongs,” a fractured narrative about a young woman’s trip to Hanoi in order to come to terms with her father’s suicide many years prior.
Ursula Hegi Immerses Herself in Her Characters (Seattle Post-Intelligencer) An interview with the author of Stones From the River, highlighting her meticulous approach to revision.
What’s Eating This Guy? An interview with Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation,
an incisive take-down of the American meat industry.