My Writing

I've spent two-plus decades working as a professional writer at the highest levels of publishing.

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Writing is my passion. 

A former senior editor at Outside magazine and former contributing editor at National Geographic Adventure and George magazines, I write about travel and adventure, wellness, yoga, personal growth, spirituality, 

 I began my writing and publishing career serving as an editor at Outside magazine, where I worked with some of America’s finest nonfiction writers, including Jon Krakauer, Peter Matthiessen, Mike Paterniti, Daniel Coyle, Hampton Sides, and others.  In 1997, I turned in my editor’s pen for a writer’s. I traveled the world writing about adventure and exploration, business, politics, the environment,  sports, yoga, and wellness. My articles and essays have been published in The New York Times (Magazine, Book Review, Op-Ed page, and Travel section), Newsweek, GQ, Forbes, Wired, National Geographic, Yoga JournalMen’s Journal, Travel + Leisure, Outside, and George, among others.  

In the pursuit of stories to tell readers, I rode the bus with presidential candidates,  interviewed spiritual gurus in India and Messiahs in Jerusalem,  played polo with tech billionaires in India, drank vodka with cosmonauts and astronauts in Moscow, and broke bread with cult leaders. I traveled up the Amazon River, tailed explorers in Greenland, and surfed with Christian surfer/missionaries in Indonesia. I hiked in Jesus’ footsteps in Israel and road-tripped across Palestine. I road trains with hobos in the Czech Republic. I interviewed celebrities,  scientists, politicians, professional athletes, explorers, and anarchists.  I wrote  Outside magazine’s popular monthly "Wild File" column. I penned a monthly Adventure column for Universal Press Syndicate. I taught writing as a professor of English at the College of Santa Fe. I taught memoir to students of the Book Project at Denver's Lighthouse Writers Workshop. I hold a masters in journalism (writing and publishing) from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism.  

 

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In midlife, after recovering from a long, debilitating depression, I re-connected with yoga, which I first studied in the early 1990s.  Yoga led me inward. I became a certified yoga teacher and began exploring and writing about our inner landscape: psychology, spirituality, meditation, and yoga.  I’m writing a memoir about how travel and yoga led me to a new understanding of the words “faith “and “God.” 

I teach yoga  classes at Corepower Yoga in Boulder, Colorado, and I also teach private yoga classes to individuals and groups. I speak to audiences about the power of yoga and mindfulness practices to transform lives.  Email me to book a private yoga lesson or a speaking engagement. 

In addition to writing and teaching yoga, I founded two online education platforms: Memoir Academy and Nonfiction Academy. Through these platforms, I help thought-leaders, positive-changemakers, and everyday people write and publish memoir and nonfiction books. 

In my free time, I enjoy hiking in the mountains near my home in Boulder, Colorado, walking my dog, Tommy, playing music on the guitar, and practicing yoga, and drinking coffee with friends. 

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Read my latest blog posts about adventure, spirituality, and the art and craft of memoir writing.

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