Once Upon a High Lonesome
Listening for a wandering voice, for Oxford American magazine
An Essay about Men
For Literary Hub. Considering the inner worlds of those who are taught to deny them.
Bodies of Knowledge: Dissecting the Mysteries of Life
For Orion magazine. What do we find on peeling back the world's skin? An essay on frog dissection, books of secrets, electrical experiments, Frankenstein's monster, & mystery.
Mountains Walking: The Long Journey of Mt. Mitchell’s Ancient Forests
For Sierra magazine. Hiking through a forest of climate migrants in North Carolina's Black Mountains.
As the World Burns, Billionaires Race to Space
For Sierra magazine. Billionaires are flying to space in fossil-fueled rockets to escape the carbon-laden atmosphere and enjoy a few minutes of microgravity. Meanwhile, the highest temperatures ever recorded are searing the earth.
The Song of the Cicada
For Sierra magazine. Out of the pandemic, into metamorphosis. On the occasion of the Brood X emergence.
The Days Are Walking
For Oxford American magazine. I set forth on foot following this tug of energy that urged my legs to walk. The circle of my life, small as it was, widened outward.
Lessons In Breathing
For Sierra magazine. Teaching the connections in a time of crisis.
The Language of Extinction
For In These Times magazine. It is often the case now that we do not know of an animal’s or insect’s or plant’s existence—do not ever hear its name—until it is almost gone.
Letter of Recommendation: Crickets
For The New York Times Magazine. In which I, of course, recommend crickets.
Through the Burning World You Blazed
for A Literary Field Guide to Southern Appalachia (UGA Press 2019) & featured in Southern Humanities Review. A poem about a fish called the chucky madtom.
For Sierra magazine. Words from my wet land.
Creative Economies in the Coal Fields
For Orion magazine. In the coal fields of Eastern Kentucky, how might art nurture an economy that feeds not only mouths but the hearts of people & the places they live in?
At the News of Merwin’s Passing
For Orion magazine. A meditation on the poet’s life in trees.
Deep In Time
For Orion magazine, & reprinted in The Utne Reader. Fossils & fossil fuels in the Guadalupe Mountains of West Texas.
The Fading Stars: A Constellation
For Lapham's Quarterly. While modern astronomy has widened our understanding of the universe, this scientific culture has severed our deep intimacy with the cosmos. Selected by Sy Montgomery for The Best American Science & Nature Writing 2019.
The Unbearable Lightness of Being My Father
For Oxford American magazine.
Pacific Passages: A Language of Stars
For Lapham's Quarterly. How Native Hawaiians traversed the cosmos—then lost their way in translation.
Gilded Palace of Sin
For The RS 500. The Flying Burrito Brothers, Nudie suits, manifest destiny, & Hollywood.
Seven Words for Sustenance & Gnawing
For Terrain.org. A weaving of seven words: Strawberries, Moon, June, Sustain, Snake, Shelter, Rhododendron. Nominated for the Pushcart Prize.
The Soft Things
For the Oxford American magazine. The author shares her fascination with the astounding array of native freshwater mussels in the Tennessee River watershed.
Places that Have No Names
For the Oxford American magazine. In which the author rides a train from El Paso, Texas to Lynchburg, Virginia. Listed as notable in Best American Travel Writing.
Letter to America
For Terrain.org. A story of interdependence, told through American soil.
What Is Hunting Us
For The RS 500. An essay in response to The Doors’ L.A. Woman (1971).
The Weight of Things
For Still: The Journal. A meditation on uprooting and letting go. Nominated for the Pushcart Prize.