freelance journalist

I write about the human experience,
and, sometimes, about fly fishing.
I live in Montana, and I won a
National Magazine Award in profile writing.

Photo by Michael Turek

Featured Stories


Jerry’s Dirt

My father-in-law, Jerry McGahan, knew how to create a new variety of apple. He knew how to hunt with an eagle. He knew how to catch a porcupine. But most of all, he knew how to live well, which meant he knew how to die well. My essay about him won a National Magazine Award.…


Losing a Stuffie in the Mountains

We were high in the Canadian rockies, clambering over rocks and snowfields, hopped up on endorphins and the scenic beauty around us. Nothing could get us down. And then my 4-year-old left his favorite stuffed animal on the mountain. I wrote this essay for Outside describing what happened next.


Battling History

Manuel Chaves was a Civil War hero who also killed and enslaved Native Americans. How should we remember him?


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