I’m an award-winning editor with a passion for quirky, illuminating, and inspiring stories—particularly those that have the power to help make the world a better place. I have over twenty years of editorial experience in magazine publishing, and have helped countless authors do some of their best work. Like most editors, I like working behind the scenes, coaxing writers toward more perfect stories that will have a strong impact on readers and get noticed in the busy marketplace of ideas.
I am currently Executive Editor of Pacific Standard, where I am responsible for longform features and story packages. Prior to that I spent twelve years as Editor of Orion, during which time the magazine received some of the highest accolades in the business, including two Utne Independent Press Awards for General Excellence and two National Magazine Award nominations. I edited Terry Tempest Williams’s three-part series “The Open Space of Democracy,” which became a book bearing the same title, as well as two chapters that appear in her book The Hour of Land. For six years, I edited Rebecca Solnit’s column The Faraway Nearby, six installments of which appear in her collection Storming the Gates of Paradise. I edited short fiction from David James Duncan, Pam Houston, and two stories from Luis Alberto Urrea’s collection The Water Museum. And that is just a sampling.
Stories I’ve edited have received a National Magazine Award, the Pushcart Prize (x8), the John Burroughs Nature Essay Award (x4), and the O. Henry Prize (x2). Nine stories I edited have been reprinted in the Best American Science and Nature Writing anthology and an additional thirteen have been listed as notable. Twenty-two stories I’ve edited have been either reprinted or listed as notable in Best American Essays. In addition, my stories are regularly featured in the "Top Five Longreads of the Week" series.
I have also edited the following books:
The Haida Gwaii Lesson, by Mark Dowie, 2017
Thirty-Year Plan: Thirty Writers on What We Need to Build a Better Future, 2012
Place-Based Education, by David Sobel, 2005
The Open Space of Democracy, by Terry Tempest Williams, 2004