I’m an award-winning Seattle-based writer and editor for various outdoor and health publications, including Sunset, Bicycling, Bloomberg, Backpacker, Popular Mechanics, Men’s Journal, Outside, Alaska Airlines magazine, Skiing, Ski, Snoworld, Powder, Health, Natural Solutions, Prevention, Women’s Health, High Country News, Delicious Living, Runner’s World, Islands, Diane, The Drake, Mountain, and Women’s Adventure. A graduate of Williams College (with a degree in art history, Phi Beta Kappa), I’ve been a senior articles editor at Backpacker, a managing editor at Skiing, and a staff writer for Health—along with writing for the travel websites like RootsRated and MapQuest Discover. I’m the author of the old-school print Colorado’s Classic Mountain Towns, a guidebook about places like Aspen, Telluride, and Crested Butte, and have worked on ghost-writing and ghost-editing projects for companies like Rodale.
I’m a graduate of the MFA fiction program at Brooklyn College, where I was the editor-in-chief of The Brooklyn Review, the recipient of a creative writing scholarship, and an adjunct lecturer. I’m currently working on my first novel, which—while still in progress—has earned me a couple props: I’ve won fellowships at the MacDowell Colony, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and the Vermont Studio Center. I also received the Ivan Klima Fellowship in Fiction from Western Michigan University’s Prague Summer Program, which allowed me to spend a month in the Czech Republic researching my book.
Born and raised in Seattle, I’ve done time in London, San Francisco, Boulder, and Brooklyn. For the sake of work, I’ve skied with reindeer herders in Mongolia, traversed both California’s High Sierra and Slovakia’s High Tatra mountains on telemark gear, backpacked in Australia’s Outback, driven 4,000 kilometers around South Africa, marched 26.2 miles in eight hours (carrying a 37-pound pack) through the New Mexico’s White Sands Missile Range, kayaked and skied first descents throughout Alaska’s Prince William Sound, ridden my bike up Pikes Peak, and covered Switzerland’s infamous Patrouille des Glaciers ski-mountaineering race. But most of the time I sit at a desk—and write service packages, essays, features, and fiction from my house in Beacon Hill.