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 mostly 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. 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.