Pushcart Prize nomination

Pushcart Prize nomination

Nov. 9, 2017 Thank you to terrain.org for nominating my essay “Seven Words for Sustenance and Gnawing” for the 2018 Pushcart Prize! I am so honored and grateful. [ Continue Reading ]

Best American Travel Writing 2017

Best American Travel Writing 2017

Oct. 25, 2017 >> My essay “Places that Have No Names,” in which I ride a train from El Paso, Tex., to Lynchburg, Va., was included as notable in the Best American Travel Writing 2017 collection! The essay originally appeared in the Oxford American‘s 2016 Southern Journeys issue. So grateful that the OA has been… [ Continue Reading ]

Watershed | The Tennessee River

Watershed | The Tennessee River

Sep. 28, 2017 >> My essay “A Complicated Belonging” accompanies Jeff Rich’s collection of photographs of the Tennessee River watershed, a stunning book that’s been published by Fall Line Press. I’m thrilled to see the book hot off the press; it has a truly elegant, artful design. Rich’s work in the TN River watershed looks at the impact of the… [ Continue Reading ]

Stories from the Big Island of Hawai’i

Stories from the Big Island of Hawai’i

Sep. 12, 2017 >> I spent five weeks this summer living and working on the Big Island of Hawai’i, in a continuation of what has always felt a disjointed relationship with the place, though it has gone on for 30 years now. My father is the thread who led me there & the reason I’ve… [ Continue Reading ]

“The Soft Things”

“The Soft Things”

July 7, 2017 >> A piece I wrote last year about native mussel species of the Tennessee River watershed is out now in the Summer issue of the Oxford American. I am delighted to see it in print, and I could not have asked for a better photographic pairing: Sally Gall’s “Efflorescence.” The OA doesn’t post… [ Continue Reading ]

Mycelium

Mycelium

March 29, 2017 >> Mycelium as both metaphor for, and actual physical reality of, interconnectivity and the cooperative nature of creation has been on my mind lately as a kind of guiding idea. I think that we need the story and symbol of mycelium now, as it reflects also our human structures and reminds us how… [ Continue Reading ]