Terrain.org is comprised of two editorial bodies: editors, who assemble each issue and maintain Terrain.org as an organization, and our Editorial Board, comprised of leaders in the literary and environmental arena from across the U.S. and beyond, who serve in an advisory capacity. Contributing editors include regular writers and content contributors.
- Allen Braden, Assistant Poetry Editor
- Simmons B. Buntin, Editor-in-Chief
- Jennifer Case, Assistant Nonfiction Editor
- Joshua Foster, Nonfiction Editor
- Hannah Fries, Assistant Poetry Editor
- Nancy Geyer, ARTerrain Editor
- Andrew C. Gottlieb, Reviews Editor
- Anya Groner, Assistant Fiction Editor
- Paulina Jenney, Recommended Reads Editor
- Amy Knight, Fiction Editor
- Melissa L. Sevigny, Interviews Editor
- Derek Sheffield, Poetry Editor
- Scott Calhoun
- Miriam Marty Clark
- Rick Cole
- Catherine Cunningham
- Alison Hawthorne Deming
- Elizabeth Dodd
- Carolyn Dooling
- Deborah Fries
- Charles Goodrich
- Julian Hoffman
- Erik Hoffner
- William Keener
- Jessie Lendennie
- Kathryn Miles
- Ken Pirie
- David Rothenberg
- Lauret Savoy
- Fred Swanson
- Galina Tachieva
- David Wann
- Andrew Wingfield
- Todd Ziebarth
Allen Braden was the last generation to work his family’s farm outside White Swan, Washington, on the Yakama Indian Reservation. He is the author of A Wreath of Down and Drops of Blood (University of Georgia) and Elegy in the Passive Voice (University of Alaska/Fairbanks). He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and from Artist Trust of Washington State as well as the Emerging Writers Prize from Witness magazine, the Grolier Poetry Prize, the Midnight Sun Chapbook Prize, the Dana Award in Poetry, the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize, and other honors. His poems have been anthologized in The Bedford Introduction to Literature, Poetry: An Introduction, Best New Poets, and Spreading the Word: Editors on Poetry. He has published in Virginia Quarterly Review, The New Republic, Orion, Georgia Review, Colorado Review, Poetry International, Prairie Schooner, Threepenny Review, and Southern Review. A former editor of Literary Salt, he teaches at Tacoma Community College and volunteers for AWP’s Writer to Writer Mentorship Program.
Simmons B. Buntin
Though Simmons Buntin’s terrain has varied from the scrub oak hammocks of central Florida to the thorny scarps of the Sonoran Desert, his path seems always directed by the pursuit of an elegant balance between the built and natural environments. He has published poetry, essays, and technical articles in publications as varied as Edible Baja Arizona, South Dakota Review, North American Review, Bulletin of Science, Technology, and Society, Kyoto Journal, and Orion. He has a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Colorado Denver, concluded by an award-winning thesis on sustainable suburban downtown redevelopment, and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Arizona. Simmons migrated from energy services program manager for the U.S. Department of Energy to web program manager for the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management, and lives in Tucson, Arizona.
He has won an Academy of American Poets Prize, Colorado Artist’s Fellowship for Poetry, and grants from the U.S. Forest Service, Arizona Commission on the Arts, and the Tucson-Pima Arts Council. His first book of poetry, Riverfall, was published in 2005 by Ireland’s Salmon Poetry. His second book, Bloom, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2010. His book Unsprawl: Remixing Spaces as Places, co-authored by Terrain.org editorial board member Ken Pirie, was published by Planetizen Press in 2013. Simmons also serves as a contributing editor of Shenandoah. Catch up with him at www.SimmonsBuntin.com.
Jennifer Case grew up along the river valleys of Minnesota, in a family that took weekend backpacking trips on the Superior Hiking Trail. The North Shore’s red rock, pine, and lichen have continued to resonate with her even after moving to Nebraska, upstate New York, and Arkansas.
Jennifer’s poetry and prose have appeared in journals such as ISLE, Zone 3, Poet Lore, Hawk & Handsaw, and Stone Canoe, where her work was awarded the 2014 Allen and Nirelle Galson Prize in Fiction. She earned a master’s degree in poetry from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Ph.D. in creative writing from Binghamton University. A writer and teacher of writing, Jennifer lives with her husband and daughter in central Arkansas, one mile from the Arkansas River. Her annual summer goal is to harvest enough zucchini for a winter’s worth of zucchini bread.
Hannah Fries grew up in New Hampshire and is a New England girl through and through (although somehow she managed to marry a Texan: go figure). She went to Dartmouth College and later got an MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson College. From 2005 to 2014 she worked as an editor—including poetry editor—at Orion magazine. Her poetry and prose have appeared in such places as American Poetry Review, Massachusetts Review, Drunken Boat, Water~Stone Review, and Alaska Quarterly Review. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and she is the recipient of a Colorado Art Ranch residency.
She serves on the board of The Frost Place in Franconia, N.H., and currently works as a project editor at Storey Publishing in western Massachusetts. In the springtime you’ll find her in the garden, in the wintertime on cross-country skis, and in summer and fall in her hiking boots as much as possible. She also bakes a mean pie.
The manicured farmland coupled with the bleak desert and mountainous terrain of southeastern Idaho have influenced Joshua Foster all of his life. He grew up working on his father’s commercial grain and potato farm driving truck, irrigating, working the ground, spending time in the sun.
Joshua earned degrees in English and creative writing from BYU-Idaho and the University of Arizona. After schooling, he returned to the farm, where he currently works and writes. His work—both short stories and personal essays—have appeared in various literary journals, zines, and magazines. They most often deal with rural culture and habitat. He appreciates those intersections in literature that teach him how good it is to be alive.
Nancy Geyer is an essayist, and she also writes the occasional prose poem. She loves to walk, and a friend observed that she walks a lot in her essays too—along the inlet that courses through an industrial park; across a supermarket parking lot in the middle of the night; past the imposing government buildings on Capitol Hill, where she makes her home in Washington, D.C.
A former art critic for a weekly newspaper in upstate New York, her writing can be found in Alaska Quarterly Review, The Georgia Review, Gulf Coast, The Iowa Review, and Terrain.org, among other journals, and is forthcoming in two anthologies: Pushcart Prize XXXIX: Best of the Small Presses, and Brief Encounters (W.W. Norton). She recently completed an MFA in creative writing at the Rainier Writing Workshop.
Andrew C. Gottlieb
Born in Canada and raised outside of Boston, Massachusetts, Andrew C. Gottlieb now lives in Irvine, California, and has been on the West Coast since 1998. He studied writing at Iowa State University, getting his MA in English, and then at the University of Washington, earning his MFA in fiction writing.
His own work has appeared in many journals both online and in print including the American Literary Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, DIAGRAM, Ecotone, ISLE, and Poets & Writers, and a chapbook of poems, Halflives, came out from New Michigan Press in 2005. Along with his wife and two stepteens, he’s often trying to escape to a national or state park, the Central Coast, a beach, the deserts of Arizona, or some other popular or obscure wilderness location in order to hike, fish, gaze, write, or simply enjoy the outdoors. He looks forward to reading your book.
Assistant Fiction Editor
Anya Groner grew up in the Kudzu-covered foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, just west of Charlottesville, Virginia. In 2010, she received an MFA from the University of Mississippi where she was a John and Renee Grisham fellow in fiction. Currently, she lives in New Orleans with her fiance, Yussef, and her dog, Lulu, and teaches writing at Loyola University in New Orleans. This past year, she won the 2014 editor’s prize for fiction at Meridian.
Anya’s stories, essays, and poems can be found in journals including The Oxford American, Guernica, Carolina Quarterly, The Rumpus, and Juked. Excerpts of her novel about teenage girls and eco-terrorism can be read at Ninth Letter and Terrain.org. You can follow her at AnyaGroner.com.
Paulina Jenney is currently migrating. Since leaving Flagstaff this May, she has wrangled chickens and carrots in Central Oregon, (accidentally) flipped an oar boat on the Colorado River, and danced her longboard down a small part of the Chilean coast.
During the off-season, Paulina double majors in creative writing and environmental studies at the University of Arizona on the Flinn Scholarship. She also serves on the Campus Arboretum Advisory Board and conducts educational outreach at the UA Poetry Center. Her work has been awarded a Gold Key from the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers and has been published in Scribendi.
Amy Knight is a lawyer by day, writer/reader/editor by night. She has lived in Berkeley, California; San Carlos, California; the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Poughkeepsie, New York; Washington, D.C.; Tucson, Arizona; Palo Alto, California; San Jose, California; Helena, Montana; and Tucson, again.
She has an undergraduate degree in English and cognitive science from Vassar College, an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Arizona, and a law degree from Stanford.
Melissa L. Sevigny grew up in Tucson, Arizona. She has worked as a science writer in the fields of Western water policy, planetary science, and sustainable agriculture, and was a member of NASA’s Phoenix Mars Scout Mission during its operations on the surface of Mars. Her first book, Mythical River, a work of nonfiction, is forthcoming from the University of Iowa Press.
She has a BS in environmental science from the University of Arizona and an MFA in creative writing and environment from Iowa State University. She currently lives in Flagstaff, Arizona, where she is the Science & Technology Reporter for KNAU. She enjoys hiking, fishing, and taking road trips.
Derek Sheffield was born in Portland, Oregon, and grew up there and in Gig Harbor, Washington. Since 2003, he has been a professor of English at Wenatchee Valley College in central Washington, where he formed the Sustainability Task Force to design and implement a college-wide recycling program. With help from the Washington Center at Evergreen State University, he continues to work at infusing sustainability across the curriculum. With the region’s preeminent ornithologist, Dr. Dan Stephens, he created WVC’s first learning community—Northwest Nature Writing—which, in a fit of consilience and contextual education, blends field ecology and creative nonfiction. What that means is they lead their students into the woods, meadows, and shrub-steppe with notebooks, field guides, and binoculars and let wilderness shape their essays. Sheffield has presented widely at conferences around the West on the interaction between science and poetry. His own work often explores this topic and has appeared in Orion, Wilderness, Poetry, The Georgia Review, The Southern Review, Ecotone, and Alaska Quarterly Review, and several anthologies, including New Poets of the American West and Ecopoetry: A Contemporary American Anthology.
His poems have twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and won awards judged by Gary Short and Li-Young Lee. Sheffield’s chapbook, A Revised Account of the West (Flyway/Iowa State U., 2008), won the inaugural Hazel Lipa Environmental Chapbook Award judged by Debra Marquart. His first full-length collection, Through the Second Skin (Orchises, 2013), was a finalist for the Walt Whitman Award and the runner-up for the Emily Dickinson First Book Award.
As it happens, one of his favorite books of recent years is Why Birds Sing by David Rothenberg and he regularly shows his students the film, Affluenza. He lives in the eastern foothills of the Cascade Range outside Leavenworth, Washington, with his wife, two daughters, two dogs, and one horse. View more info on Derek.
Living in interesting places during interesting times has shaped Dante Archangeli’s world view. It’s taken distance, spatial and temporal, for him to fully appreciate some of those places and times. He grew up in Pittsburgh during its urban and clean air renaissance. Now he’s experiencing the tensions between Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing and big business establishment and supporters of sustainable election and environmental reforms. In between, Dante has lived in Boston, Austin, Cambridge, Los Angeles, Palo Alto, Tillamook County, and Tucson.
He’s curious about almost everything and skeptical about much (including self-written, third-person bioblurbs). But basically he’s optimistic and has faith in the information and communication revolution and the positive power of good ideas and technology in general. He assumes they will help us find solutions to sustainability challenges; maybe because his contemporaries include Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Tim Berners-Lee. (Luckily all were all born at least eight months before Dante, so he still has time to catch up.) Although he was educated as an engineer at MIT and as a real estate developer at USC and likes to build things, he thinks he looks forward to the day when the office is paperless and portable and there is less unnecessary physical stuff. He unequivocally hopes for a time when everyone values the natural environment; and our air, water, and land are more healthy.
Zoë Calhoun, Hendrix College class of 2014, was raised in the desert of Tucson, Arizona. She chose Hendrix in Conway, Arkansas because she wanted to challenge herself—educationally and culturally.
As a double major in Spanish and Digital Writing & Photography, she enjoys studying various modes of communication. After graduation, she hopes to teach English in a Spanish-speaking country.
Megan Kimble grew up in the mountains above Los Angeles, but has since lived in Denver and Nicaragua and now calls Tucson home. She works as the managing editor of Edible Baja Arizona, a local food magazine serving Tucson and the borderlands. She is a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times and her essays have appeared in High Country News, Gulf Coast, and Sage Magazine, among other outlets. Her book, Unprocessed: My City-Dwelling Year of Reclaiming Real Food, about her year of eating only whole, unprocessed food, is out now from William Morrow.
She holds an MFA in Creative Writing in nonfiction from the University of Arizona. Find her in her kitchen, making chocolate or burning toast, or on her blog at megankimble.com.
Scott Calhoun explores backroads and backcountry in search of plants, gardens, architecture, and food. Scott has written and provided photographs for five critically acclaimed gardening books. His first book, Yard Full of Sun,received the 2006 American Horticultural Society Book Award; his second title, Chasing Wildflowers, was awarded the Garden Writers Association 2008 Silver Book Award. Scott’s most recent titles include Designer Plant Combinations; The Hot Garden; and Hot Pots. Scott is a Contributing Editor to Horticulture magazine, writes a monthly garden column for Sunset magazine, and freelances for numerous print publications including American Gardener, Country Gardens, and Wildflower. Based in Tucson, Arizona, Scott designs gardens, writes, and lectures across the United States. Currently, he is working on a book about agave plant exploration and cuisine. Catch up with Scott at www.zonagardens.com.
Miriam Marty Clark
Miriam Marty Clark is an Associate Professor of English at Auburn University in Alabama. A native Midwesterner, she has lived in the small-town South for more than twenty years. She teaches courses in American literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and has a special interest in American poetry from Whitman and Emerson to the present. She has published essays on a number of twentieth century writers including poets A. R. Ammons and Howard Nemerov and short story writers Alice Munro, William Trevor, Raymond Carver, Ann Beattie, and Grace Paley. She has also published poems.
At present she is working on a book about the twentieth-century American philosopher and rhetorician Kenneth Burke and his influential friendships with several American poets including John Crowe Ransom, Theodore Roethke, Howard Nemerov, and A. R. Ammons. Along with Burke’s writings, many of which address the relationship between nature and human action in culture and technology, she is studying his extensive correspondence with poets and critics.
Miriam is married to Drew Clark, who teaches Renaissance literature at Auburn. They have two daughters.
Rick Cole is Deputy Mayor for Budget & Innovation in the administration of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. He oversees five major city departments and is responsible for balancing an annual budget of $4.9 billion.
The Los Angeles Times described Rick as “one of the nation’s best known advocates of ‘smart growth.'” The Municipal Management Association of Southern California recognized him with its 2009 Excellence in Government Award. In 2006, Rick was honored by Governing magazine as one of its nine “2006 Public Officials of the Year,” the only city manager in the nation to earn that distinction. Governing cited his “intense focus on the details that add up to a vital city.” Rick previously served as City Manager of Ventura and Azusa in California. Both cities pursued pioneering urban planning and sustainability initiatives under his leadership. Earlier, as Southern California Director of the Local Government Commission, his outspoken advocacy for “smart growth” and “livable communities” reached a national audience. During 12 years of elected service on the Pasadena City Council (including two years as mayor), he spearheaded the rebirth of Old Pasadena, a commitment to rail transit, and an award-winning General Plan effort that involved more than 3,500 citizens.
Diversity in experience and interests aptly describes Catherine Cunningham. Cathy hails from a family farm in South Dakota where she learned the essence of cows-n-cookin’. Perhaps it was the farming lifestyle, where one plays the role of horticulturist, planner, veterinarian, microbiologist, geneticist, engineer, construction worker, accountant, and meteorologist, that inspired her appetite for variety in understanding the world. From those ambitions, she earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science and has pursued graduate work in industrial hygiene and environmental sciences.
Cathy’s work experience at Western Area Power Administration and more recently the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation includes occupational safety and health, training and performance consulting, project manager for Environmental Management Systems, and her current position as NEPA project manager. She has also achieved personal and professional accomplishment in consulting, fundraising for charitable organizations, and developing partnerships among public, private, and tribal entities for communications technologies and community development. Cathy served on the planning and zoning commission in her Colorado mountain hometown. Mother of two boys, she also enjoys traveling, skiing, bicycling, hiking, flyfishing, drawing, painting, and pottery.
Alison Hawthorne Deming
Alison Hawthorne Deming was born and grew up in Connecticut. She is the author of Science and Other Poems, selected by Gerald Stern for the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets, and three additional poetry books, The Monarchs: A Poem Sequence, Genius Loci, and most recently Rope. Alison has also published three nonfiction books, Temporary Homelands, The Edges of the Civilized World, and Writing the Sacred Into the Real. She edited Poetry of the American West: A Columbia Anthology and co-edited with Lauret E. Savoy The Colors of Nature: Essays on Culture, Identity, and the Natural World. Her work has won numerous awards, including a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, two poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pablo Neruda Prize, a Pushcart Prize, and the Bayer Award in Science Writing from Creative Nonfiction for the essay “Poetry and Science: A View From the Divide.” Her poems and essays have been widely published and anthologized, including in The Georgia Review, Orion, Sierra, OnEarth, Verse and Universe: Poems on Science and Mathematics, The Norton Book of Nature Writing, and Best American Science and Nature Writing. She currently is Professor in Creative Writing at the University of Arizona and also teaches in the Prague Summer Program. Read Terrain.org’s 2010 interview with Alison.
Elizabeth Dodd was born in Boulder, Colorado, and grew up in Athens, Ohio. For over two decades she has lived in eastern Kansas in the Flint Hills region, where she is an award-winning professor of creative writing and literature at Kansas State University. She has team-taught courses with scientists, philosophers, and historians and she has led students on field trips in conjunction with their readings in environmental literature. Elizabeth is a poet and nonfiction writer. Her newest book, Horizon’s Lens: My Time on the Turning World, appears with University of Nebraska Press in Fall 2012. Catch up with her at ElizabethDodd.com.
Carolyn Dooling is a real estate marketing consultant, spending ten years previously working as an urban planner. She received her Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado at Denver in 1997 and went on to practice in both the public and private sector. Carolyn has spent the last few years focusing on her passion for sustainability and the built environment by planning sustainability events and conferences, such as the Colorado Urban Green Conference, an annual event hosted by the Urban Land Institute, American Institute of Architects, and the CU College of Architecture and Planning. She is a LEED AP, co-chair of the ULI Sustainable Communities Committee, head of communications for the LEED ND Interest Group, and is active with the USGBC Colorado Chapter. In her spare time, Carolyn pursues her interests in textiles and interior design. She can often be seen riding her bike around with her two children and husband in Stapleton, a New Urbanist community in Denver where they currently live.
Deborah Fries spent her childhood in western Pennsylvania, where she was determined to see beyond the Alleghenies. Living along the shores of Lake Michigan for 24 years gave her the big, curving horizon she always wanted to know. Returned to Pennsylvania, she lives and writes in an old, first-ring suburb of Philadelphia, where spring months are heart-breakingly beautiful. She is the author of two books of poetry — Various Modes of Departure (2004) and The Bright Field of Everything (2014). She often writes about science, technology, and the environment. Her poem, “Marie in America,” a meditation on Marie Curie’s 1921 trip to the U.S., was selected by Dorothea Lasky as the winner of the 2013 Sandy Crimmins National Poetry Prize. Deborah teaches narrative medicine writing workshops, develops content for the Penn Memory Center at the University of Pennsylvania, and is currently working on a book about genes, memory, and race.
Deborah writes the “Plein Air” column for Terrain.org. Learn more about her at www.deborahfries.net.
Charles Goodrich is the author of two volumes of poems, Going to Seed: Dispatches from the Garden (Silverfish Review Press, 2010) and Insects of South Corvallis (Cloudbank Books, 2003), and a collection of essays about nature, parenting, and building his own house, The Practice of Home (Lyons Press, 2004). He has also co-editedIn the Blast Zone: Catastrophe and Renewal on Mount St. Helen (OSU Press, 2008). A number of his poems have been read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac.
After working for 25 years as a professional gardener, he presently serves as director of the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word at Oregon State University. Charles has an MFA in creative writing from OSU. For more information, visit www.charlesgoodrich.com.
Julian Hoffman was born in England and grew up in Canada. In 2000, he moved with his wife, Julia, to live beside the Prespa Lakes in northern Greece. Having worked as organic market-gardeners for some years, they now earn a living in the mountains, monitoring sensitive upland bird species where wind parks have been built or proposed.
Julian’s writing and photography explore the connections between people and place, wildlife and perception. His book, The Small Heart of Things: Being at Home in a Beckoning World, was chosen by Terry Tempest Williams as the winner of the 2012 AWP Award Series for Creative Nonfiction, going on to win a National Outdoor Book Award in 2014 for Natural History Literature. Along with winning the 2011 Terrain.org Nonfiction Prize and two Pushcart Prize nominations, his writing has appeared, or is forthcoming, in EarthLines, Among Animals, Southern Humanities Review, Kyoto Journal, Flyway, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Three Coyotes, and The Redwood Coast Review. You can find out more about Julian at http://julianhoffman.wordpress.com. Read Terrain.org’s 2015 interview with Julian.
Erik Hoffner is an activist, writer, and photographer whose work appears in Earth Island Journal, The Sun, World Ark, Orion, and others. His photography has been exhibited in numerous spaces, perhaps most often in the Vermont Center for Photography, and he is also on the board of Coop Power, a member-owned renewable energy cooperative based in New England. For work, he is outreach coordinator for Orion magazine.
Besides blogging for the web’s top green news site, Grist.org, Erik is also known to grow enormous shiitake mushrooms on the seven acres of western Massachusetts forest he shares with his wife, Jenny Goodspeed. Learn more about Erik at www.erikhoffner.com.
William Keener is a writer, naturalist, and environmental lawyer in the San Francisco Bay area.
His chapbook of nature poetry, Gold Leaf on Granite, winner of the 2008 Anabiosis Press Contest, was recently published. His poems appear in numerous journals, both print and online, including Appalachia, Atlanta Review, Camas, The Main Street Rag, Margie, Rattle, Terrain.org, and Water-Stone Review. In August 2009, he was invited to be one of the “Artists in the Back Country” in Sequoia National Park, a program designed to rekindle the tradition of enhancing public awareness of our country’s lands through literature and the arts.
Currently a senior attorney with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, he was formerly the Executive Director of the Marine Mammal Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the rescue of sick and injured seals along the California coast, and a natural history tour leader specializing in birds and whales. He has led trips into the gray whale breeding lagoons in Mexico, and up the Amazon in search of river dolphins.
Jessie Lendennie is a poet and publisher. Born in Arkansas, she lived in California and New York City before leaving the States for London, England, in 1970. She obtained a BA honours degree in Philosophy at Kings College, London, and a post-graduate degree in education from the Roehampton Institute, London. She began to publish her poetry in England during the 1970s, and in 1981, she moved to Galway, County Galway, Ireland, where she was a founder member of the Galway Writing Workshop, and founding editor of the journal The Salmon. The journal led to book publishing, and in 1984 Salmon Publishing (now Salmon Poetry) was established. Since 1986 she has run the press as its editor and managing director, commissioning, editing, and publishing over 350 books of poetry and prose. Many of these books were first collections from Irish women poets — a groundbreaking move in Irish poetry. Her own poetry explores the relationship between landscape and human ideals. Her published essays include “Holy Ground” (published in Irish Spirit, Wolfhound Press, 2001), an exploration of the spiritual dilemmas inherent in Ireland’s phenomenal growth and development over the last 15 years, and “Poets of the Burren” (The Book of the Burren, Tir Eolas Press, new edition 2002), on poets who have been influenced by the unique, desolate, limestone landscape of North County Clare, Ireland. Her books include Daughter (1988), Daughter and Other Poems (2001), and Walking Here (2011).
She has given numerous workshops, lectures, and writing courses in Ireland and abroad, including Yale University, University of Maryland, Marshall University, University of Alaska in Anchorage, University of Southern Illinois, Trinity College in Dublin, National University of Ireland, Rutgers University, University of Arkansas, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has read her poetry at dozens of venues in North America and Europe. In 1998 she was a writer-in-residence at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Jessie runs Salmon Poetry from a house on a hill overlooking the Atlantic, half a mile from the fabulous Cliffs of Moher in Co. Clare, Ireland. Read Terrain.org’s 2001 interview with Jessie.
Kathryn Miles is an award-winning writer whose recent essays have appeared in Ecotone, Reconstruction, The Bioregional Imagination, Best American Essays, and Terrain.org. She is the author of Adventures with Ari: A Puppy, A Leash, and Our Year Outdoors (Skyhorse/Norton) and a forthcoming narrative history about the Irish famine exodus entitled All Standing.
Kathryn currently serves as scholar-in-residence for the Maine Humanities Council, as director of the Environmental Writing Program at Unity College, and as editor-in-chief of Hawk & Handsaw: The Journal of Creative Sustainability.
Kathryn writes the “Field Notes” column for Terrain.org. Read Terrain.org’s 2013 interview with Kathryn.
Ken Pirie has been an urban designer and planner for 16 years. Currently an associate with Walker Macy Landscape Architects and Planners, he also teaches a graduate class in planning at Portland State University. He enjoys work that aims to carefully mesh human and natural communities across the West, with socially and ecologically responsible town and campus planning. Rooted in Portland, Oregon, he likes to explore the Northwest by hiking, mountaineering, and driving aimlessly.
Ken writes the new “Eyes on the Street” column for Terrain.org.
Philosopher and musician David Rothenberg is the author ofWhy Birds Sing, published in eight languages. It was turned into a feature length BBC TV documentary. Rothenberg has also written Thousand Mile Song, about making music live with whales, Survival of the Beautiful, on evolution and beauty, and Bug Music, on insects and their million-years old music. His music, recorded on ECM, Gruenrekorder, and the Terra Nova labels, usually involves an integration with his clarinet improvisation with live and recorded natural sounds. Rothenberg has nine CDs out under his own name.
David is professor of philosophy and music at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and writes the “Bull Hill” column for Terrain.org.
Lauret Savoy writes across threads of cultural identity to explore their shaping by relationship with and dislocation from the land. A woman of African-American, Euro-American, and Native-American heritage, she is a professor of environmental studies and geology at Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts. Her work considers how braided strands of human history and geologic-natural history contribute to stories we tell of land’s origin and history, and to stories we tell of ourselves in the land and of relational identity.
Her books include The Colors of Nature: Culture, Identity, and the Natural World (2011, co-edited with Alison Hawthorne Deming, Bedrock: Writers on the Wonders of Geology, and Living with the Changing California Coast.
Lauret writes the column “A Stone’s Throw” for Terrain.org.
Fred Swanson is an Emeritus Scientist with the Pacific Northwest Research Station of the U.S. Forest Service and a Senior Fellow with the privately-endowed Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word, based in the School of Religion, Philosophy, and History within Oregon State University. He represents the science side of a collaboration with poet Charles Goodrich and philosopher/writer Kathleen Dean Moore representing the humanities side as they together facilitate the engagement of writers and artists with the ancient forests of the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest in the Oregon Cascades and the blast zone of Mount St. Helens in southwest Washington. Trained as a geologist and specializing in the study of disturbance agents in forest ecosystems and watersheds (fire, flood, landslide, volcanic eruptions, clearcutting, forest roads), Fred has found it natural to connect with human disturbance agents –poets and artists.
His co-authored or co-edited books include Bioregional Assessments (Island Press, 1999), Road Ecology (Island Press, 2003), Ecological Responses to the Eruption of Mount St. Helens (Springer, 2005), and In the Blast Zone (Oregon State University Press, 2008). Read Terrain.org’s 2013 interview with Fred.
Galina Tachieva is an expert in sustainable urbanism, urban redevelopment, sprawl repair, form-based codes, and resort towns. As a partner at Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company, Architects and Town Planners (DPZ), Tachieva directs the design and implementation of projects in the U.S. and around the world. Tachieva is the author of the Sprawl Repair Manual, an award-winning publication by Island Press, which focuses on the retrofit of auto-centric suburban places into complete, vibrant communities. She has written articles forDesignIntelligence, Architecture and the City International, and Planetizen, and is a contributor to The New Civic Art and the forthcoming The Transect Reader.
Tachieva is one of the leaders of the Congress for the New Urbanism Sprawl Retrofit Initiative. She is the primary author of the SmartCode Sprawl Repair Module. Galina is originally from Bulgaria, where she received her degree in architecture, and later finished her master’s degree in urban design at the University of Miami in Florida. She lectures around the world on topics of sprawl retrofit and sustainable development. Tachieva is a founding member of the Congress for European Urbanism and a board member of the New Urban Guild Foundation and the Transect Codes Council. She is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and by the U.S. Green Building Council as a LEED-Accredited Professional.
David Wann is president of the Sustainable Futures Society. He has now written or edited nine books, more than two hundred articles, and has produced twenty videos and TV programs about sustainable lifestyles, policies, and designs. His most recent book, The New Normal (2011), is about changing the way our civilization defines success, and what actions can help achieve it. Other books include Log Rhythms (1984) Biologic: Designing With Nature to Protect the Environment (1994), Deep Design: Pathways to a Livable Future (1996), Affluenza (2001) The Zen of Gardening in the High and Arid West(2003) Superbia! 31 Ways to Create Sustainable Neighborhoods (2003), Reinventing Communities: Stories From the Walkways of Cohousing (2005) and Simple Prosperity: Finding Real Wealth in a Sustainable Lifestyle(2007). Films include Sustaining America’s Agriculture, narrated by Raymond Burr, Building Livable Communities, produced for then-VP Al Gore’s office, and Designing a Great Neighborhood, now airing on Free Speech TV and Lime TV. Visit his website at www.DaveWann.com.
David has presented keynote talks and workshops at many conferences and college events, and loves to see the “lights come on” as he talks about creating a better, more sustainable future. He’s taught at the college level, worked more than a decade as a policy analyst for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and helped design/build the cohousing village he now lives in, to bring his sustainable vision down to Earth.
Andrew Wingfield’s main interest as a writer and a teacher is exploring the ways that people and places shape each other. He is the author of a novel, Hear Him Roar, and a collection of short stories, Right of Way, which won the Washington Writers Publishing House 2010 fiction prize. Andrew’s place-based stories and personal essays have appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Antioch Review, Resurgence, Terrain.org, and other journals. He is an associate professor in George Mason University’s New Century College, where he teaches classes on writing, creativity, conservation, and sustainability. He is director of George Mason’s BA program in Environmental and Sustainability Studies.
In 2000, Andrew and his wife, the painter Tania Karpowitz, bought and began renovating the 1927 corner store building they now share with their two sons and a foundling dog whose thirst for affection will probably never be slaked.
Todd Ziebarth is the vice president for state advocacy and support for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. Previously, he worked as a policy analyst both at the Education Commission of the States from 1997 to 2003 and at Augenblick, Palaich, and Associates from 2003 to 2005. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Western Michigan University, a Master of Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado at Denver. In addition, he worked as a city planner for over two years in small-town Colorado, and maintains a strong interest in exploring many questions about our relationship to the built and natural environments. With Simmons Buntin, Todd was the founding co-editor of Terrain.org.
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