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I'm a contributing writer to the The New York Times Magazine and The California Sunday Magazine. I've also written for The New Yorker, Wired, GQ, Harper's, and others, and performed with Pop-Up Magazine.
Most of the time I focus on reported narratives about difficult issues, but I'm generally fascinated by the unexpected workings of our strange world. I like a good story. I live in Seattle, but I grew up in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee.
My story "Unclaimed" won the 2017 Livingston Award in National Reporting. In 2016 I was the recipient of the Reporting Award from NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and a finalist for the PEN USA Literary Award in Journalism and the Livingston Award in International Reporting. My work has also been honored by the American Association for Cancer Research, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Society of Environmental Journalists, and the City and Regional Magazine Association, and supported by the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, the Alicia Patterson Foundation, the Middlebury Fellowship in Environmental Journalism, and the Northwest Science Writers Association.
My story "The Deepest Dig" was included in The Best American Science and Nature Writing (Houghton-Mifflin, 2015) and When We Are Called to Part, about the final days of a remote leprosy settlement in Hawai'i, was published by The Atavist and included in the anthology Love and Ruin (Norton, 2016).