Terrain.org Introduces New Editorial Board Members

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Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built & Natural Environments is pleased to welcome four new Editorial Board members:

  • Alison Hawthorne Deming
  • Erik Hoffner
  • William Keener
  • Kathryn Miles

They join the following dynamic mix of existing Editorial Board members:

  • Scott Calhoun
  • Miriam Marty Clark
  • Rick Cole
  • Carolyn Dooling
  • Deborah Fries
  • Jessie Lendennie
  • Rich Michal
  • David Rothenberg
  • Lauret Savoy
  • David Wann
  • Todd Ziebarth

Additionally, Terrain.org’s editors are:

  • Simmons B. Buntin, Editor and Publisher
  • Stephanie Eve Boone, Reviews Editor
  • Patrick Burns, Fiction Editor
  • Catherine Cunningham, Editor
  • Joshua Foster, Nonfiction Editor

New Board Member Bios


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 Stonecoast MFA Program in Maine and the Prague Summer Program.

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. Also for Orion, he coordinates the Orion Grassroots Network, which is the action arm of the magazine.

Besides blogging for the web’s top green news site, Grist.org, Erik is also known to grow enormous shiitake mushrooms on the 7 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.

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, an 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.

For all editor bios, visit www.terrain.org/about/editors.htm.

Terrain.org is the world’s first online journal of place, publishing a rich mix of literature, art, commentary, and design since 1998.