Writing
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I want to respond to our messy cultural and ecological moment by telling, as Barry Lopez urges, “a story that helps.”

To me, that means highlighting the entangled relationships between humans, other species, and the places we share. I aspire to weave natural history, science, and wilderness experience into prose and poetry that opens toward lay readers.

Accordingly, I’ve published work about the wild, the wonderful, and the frankly weird. Lightning strikes? Check. Bird behavior? Of course. The sex lives of oysters? You betcha! See below for a selected record of published pieces.

Image: Student reading outdoors

Nonfiction

A Better Animal”: The Hopper, Issue IV, 2019. Nominated for a 2019 Pushcart Prize.

Notes from the End of the Affair”: The Hopper, 2019.

Shaver’s Creek Reflections”: Creek Journals, 2018. Prose and poetry contributions to a hundred-year-long, place-based writing project.

Cuttings”: The Hopper, Issue I, 2016.

Poetry

As a Kayaking Guide, I Always Describe Oyster Sex with Particular Care”: Hawk and Handsaw, January 2019.

Black Skimmers”: Hawk and Handsaw, January 2019.

Albatross Ekphrasis”: Hawk and Handsaw, January 2019.

Shaver’s Creek Reflections”: Creek Journals, 2018.

Barrier”: Winner of the 2018 Marjorie E. Peale Prize from The Poetry Society of South Carolina.

In Which Our Heroine Intends to Write Her Paramour a Letter, Searches for Appropriate Love-Poems to Enclose, and Becomes Irritated by Gender Dynamics”: Winner of the 2018 Humorous Verse Prize from The Poetry Society of South Carolina.

Service”: Winner of the 2017 Forum Prize from The Poetry Society of South Carolina.

Puppetry”: Winner of the 2017 Patricia and Emmett Robinson Prize from The Poetry Society of South Carolina.

From Lausanne Cathedral”: Winner of the 2016 John Robert Doyle, Jr. Prize from The Poetry Society of South Carolina.