Photo by Sasha Swerdloff

  Photo by Sasha Swerdloff

I'm a writer, editor, and musician living in Washington DC. Currently I'm an editor at The Nation, and I contribute occasionally to Rolling Stone.  While I most often write about health and the environment, my work includes reported narratives about all sorts of things— an armed insurrection in Oregon, a shady immigration enforcement program in New Orleans, political meddling in higher education, and radical librarians.

I also play music, mainly blues, roots, and country. The Huffington Post once called me "amazingly talented... a soulful singer and an impressive guitarist," but you can't trust the liberal media. I've performed at the Portland Waterfront Blues Festival, the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival, the Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival, the Down East Folk Arts Festival, and at venues in England, France, and the Netherlands.

I grew up in the Tillamook Forest in northwestern Oregon.