I received my Master of Fine Arts Degree in Nonfiction Creative Writing from the University of Arizona, where I served as the Beverly Rodgers Fellow and an 1885 Graduate Fellow in the Arts and Humanities. I was the recipient of the PEN Northwest 2014 Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency, and was a finalist for both the 2013 Ellen Meloy Desert Fund and the 2015 Waterston Desert Writing Prize.
My essays have appeared in a number of magazines, literary journals, and anthologies—including Creative Nonfiction, High Desert Journal, Hawk and Handsaw, High Country News, Flyway, Terrain.org, and the books Parallel Play: Responses to a Dry River (University of Arizona Press, 2012) and On Foot: Grand Canyon Backpacking Stories (Vishnu Temple Press, 2014). These essays have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes and selected as a Notable Mention in 2013’s Best American Essays.
My wife and I were Peace Corps volunteers in a small village in eastern Paraguay, hence the writings about Paraguay. I worked for the Grand Canyon National Park Service Trail Crew for many years, hence the writings about the Grand Canyon. I currently live in Reno, Nevada, with my beloved wife and daughter.