Creative Economies in the Coal Fields

Creative Economies in the Coal Fields

for Orion magazine

Last winter I traveled to the coal fields of Eastern Kentucky, wondering, in the wake of an extractive economy, how art might nurture an economy that feeds not only mouths but the hearts of people & the places they live in.

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The Fading Stars: A Constellation

The Fading Stars: A Constellation

for Lapham’s Quarterly

While modern astronomy has widened our understanding of the universe, this scientific culture has severed our deep intimacy with the cosmos.
Selected by Sy Montgomery for the next Best American Science & Nature Writing anthology.

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Deep In Time

Deep In Time

for Orion magazine

In this piece, I consider fossils & fossil fuels in the Guadalupe Mountains of West Texas.

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Pacific Passages: A Language of Stars

Pacific Passages: A Language of Stars

for Lapham’s Quarterly

How Native Hawaiians traversed the cosmos—then lost their way in translation. In this piece, I write about the ancient tradition of Hawaiian celestial navigation, and how colonization has affected that knowledge and practice.

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Gilded Palace of Sin

Gilded Palace of Sin

for The RS 500

Here, I write about The Flying Burrito Brothers, Nudie suits, manifest destiny, & Hollywood.

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Seven Words for Sustenance & Gnawing

Seven Words for Sustenance & Gnawing

for Terrain.org

Here, I weave seven words together: Strawberries, Moon, June, Sustain, Snake, Shelter, Rhododendron.

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The Soft Things

The Soft Things

for the Oxford American magazine

Tennessee has an astounding array of native freshwater mussels. In this story, I share the natural history & my own fascination with these obscure creatures.

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Letter to America

Letter to America

for Terrain.org

A story of interdependence, told through American soil.

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Unseen Fruit

Unseen Fruit

for Orion magazine

In this piece for the magazine’s Lay of the Land section, I go morel-hunting in the forests of Southwest Virginia.

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A Place to Root

A Place to Root

for the Oxford American magazine

Walking the East Tennessee woods and coalfields with root-digger and “forest granny” Carol Judy.

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Places that Have No Names

Places that Have No Names

for the Oxford American magazine

In which I ride a train from El Paso, Texas to Lynchburg, Virginia. Listed as notable in Best American Travel Writing 2017.

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Desert Histories

Desert Histories

for Orion magazine

Stories of Spitzenburg apples and mescal agave in the Guadalupe Mountains of West Texas.

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Picturing the Pipeline

Picturing the Pipeline

for Virginia Quarterly Review’s True Story series

My photographs paired with mini-essays & reportage about the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline that would run 303 miles through West Virginia and Virginia.

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