I am a professor at Norwich University, which is located in central Vermont, and the creative editor for Backcountry Magazine.
I am also the editor of a forthcoming anthology on the craft of creative nonfiction. This book, The Far Edges of the Fourth Genre, is being published by Michigan State University Press in 2014.
My essays, poems, and stories have appeared in Brevity, Sycamore Review, Passages North, ISLE, Ascent, River Styx, Spoon River, Nimrod, and many other journals and magazines.
My essays have won Honorable Mention in The Atlantic Monthly’s Graduate Student Writing Contest and won Fugue’s nonfiction contest, and I have been awarded the Albert J. Colton Fellowship for Projects of National or International Scope.
I live on a lake in Vermont and spend my summers at a cabin I built in the mountains of Colorado.
A flash essay.
An essay that was originally published in Sou'wester and anthologized in Models for Writers.
This piece won Fugue's creative nonfiction contest. It's another love story of sorts.
An essay about a former wrestling mentor of mine who died when we were in high school.
Another essay (along with Clarion, PA) that deals with the loss of my wrestling mentor.
A speculative essay.
A love story of sorts.
An essay about working in the woods. And an essay about learning new facets about my crew. Including that one might be an attempted murderer.
An essay about working with a troubled girl in a residential youth home for adjudicated girls.
An essay about the great flood of 1955 along the Delaware River.
An essay about growing up on (and from) the Delaware River. A creation story.
A love story. Or something like that.
A flash essay on surfing Lake Michigan.
This is an academic look at Bowden's essay, "Torch Song."
An interview with Ken Sleight. Written by Katie Phelan and me.
A poem about cheating songbirds.
A math poem.
A science poem.
A science poem.
A poem and a piece of art. Also, an interview with the artist and me.
Here's a poem I published. You need to pay $2 to read this poem with all money going to charity.
A poem about love and rivers.
A poem about working in the woods.
A trail building poem.
A short story.
A blurb about my visit to Waldorf College as Visiting Distinguished Writer in 2010.
Here is the list of winners from the Atlantic's "Student Writers Contest." I placed 5th in America for creative nonfiction.
Magazine Articles and Blogs
A magazine article about moving from the mountains and putting my skis away.
A magazine article about visiting the OPUS hut for a ski trip.