I grew up in a small logging town in the foothills of the Oregon Cascades, where I first fell in love with wild rivers, trees, mountains, and critters. This allegiance, plus my literary leanings, eventually launched me into a career built on words often but not always about the environment. I have a master’s degree in science from the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Montana. For the past decade and a half, I have written for and edited at several print and online publications; appeared on panels at environmental, journalism, and booksellers’ conferences and gatherings; and served as a judge for the Reed Environmental Writing Award. I was managing editor at Orion magazine, where work that I edited won a Pushcart Prize and was reprinted in Best Creative Nonfiction. Other recent work I’ve edited was reprinted in Best American Science and Nature Writing and nominated for an Oregon Book Award. These days I’m kept busy wrangling my daughters in Portland, Oregon, and am very grateful for the help I receive in this endeavor from my husband and remarkable Australian shepherd.