Writing

I recently completed a Masters in Biography & Creative Non-fiction at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England.

I’ve written extensively for The Durango Herald and Durango Magazine, as well as Colorado Life Magazine, The Summit Register, Seattle Backpackers Magazine, and WomensMovement.com.

Between November 2014 and March 2015, I walked 3,000 km down the length of New Zealand with my Dad and produced a live multimedia project about the experience. I wrote weekly articles and produced a 16-part video series for 4CornersTV.com. The project also included regular newsletters, written and visual content for sponsors, and a bit of freelance work on the side. I am currently writing a nonfiction novel about the journey.

Check out a smattering of my work below.
c02810_e50ab2d736a248bca078463950cee61d~mv2_d_2442_3468_s_4_2“Mouse House,” 2017 UEA Biography & Creative Writing Anthology

There was a warning etched into the rusted metal door. The spidery letters looked as if they’d been hastily scrawled before the unknown victim fled his attackers. It read:

Mouse House.

cover-62Vallecito Nordic Celebrates Two Decades, Durango Magazine, Winter 2016-17

When asked if he had any good stories from the early days of the Vallecito Nordic Club, Rick Callies chuckles. There are a fair few, and he decides to share one especially memorable moment.

 

image1-608x400A Land of Rabbits and Gold, New Zealand On Foot

Summer seemed a rapidly fading memory. Each step, hour, and day brought us nearer the 45th parallel, the mid-way point between the Equator and the South Pole. Sunrise was a long time coming in the mornings and sunset was never too far away. The nighttime chill lasted well into the morning, and on a cloudy day it stayed cool. Read more…

image1-e1425411751539Snow in Them Hills!, New Zealand On Foot

New Zealand has over 950 huts in its remote backcountry. What a number for a landmass only a hair larger than the state of Colorado! Kiwis began constructing huts in the late 1800s for sheep musterers, miners, and loggers… Read more...

800px-Woolly_mammoth-620x411Engineering Paradise – Will De-Extinction Save the Planet?, The Urchin Movement

There’s no Edit>Undo button in real life. Except when it comes to accidentally/on purpose eradicating an entire species from the planet. There’s an app for that. Back in the day of Jurassic Park, this was the stuff of theoretical philosophizing. Today, geneticists are in the process of bringing extinct species back from the dead and diversifying the gene pools of many endangered species through genetic restoration and de-extinction. From flocks of passenger pigeons to zoo exhibits starring the great woolly mammoth, we will see true resurrections within the century. Read more…

67988_785171491499411_1839390003_nFueling Your Chocolate Addiction, Edible Southwest Colorado

When archeologists found remnants of hot cocoa mugs in Honduras, it officially confirmed that humans have been addicted to chocolate for over 3,000 years. But it wasn’t until chocolate touched the unsuspecting taste buds of Spanish conquistadors that it quickly became one of the world’s most popular foods. Quantity and quality, however, are two very different things, and no one knows it better than Durango chocolatier Carley Felton. Read more…

DurangoMagOlympic Connections, Durango Magazine

It’s more than 5,000 miles from Durango to Sochi, Russia; but come winter, our mountain town of 17,000 people will be plugged directly into the Olympics through a rich history of world-class athletes. For well over 40 years, Durangoans have been competing on the international stage, and now, thanks in part to the Durango Winter Sports Foundation (DWSF), three more athletes will have a shot at the XXII Winter Olympic Games, Feb. 7-23, 2014. Read more…

DurangoMagFast And Fun, Durango Embraces Ice HockeyDurango Magazine

For some, the first snowflakes of winter send thrills of excitement shooting through their bloodstream. For others, it’s the smack of a puck hitting the ice for the first time. With all the love given to snow sports, Durango ice hockey flies a bit under the radar, but its vibrancy in the community is no less potent. Read more…

921095Grand Junction Learns to Roll with the Rockestra, Colorado Life Magazine

At some point during the Grand Junction Rockestra’s first performance the audience experienced a collective “aha” moment. Nobody knew what to expect at the beginning of the show. They sat and clapped appropriately as the Rockestra played Hendrix, Night Ranger and Aerosmith. But by the end of the concert they were standing, singing and cheering while the band played Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock n’ Roll” as an encore. Read more at ColoradoLifeMagazine.com

DMagCoverNot Your Father’s Roller Derby, Durango Magazine, Summer 2013

Just imagine a pack of bruised, scarred and determined women slamming into each other, elbowing, shouting and all but tackling their opponents. On skates. Roller derby, one of the few full-contact sports for women, is often misunderstood and stereotyped. The Durango Roller Girls are out to prove otherwise. Read more…

DMCover1Ice Play, Durango Magazine, Winter 2012/13

Not so long ago, places like Cascade Canyon, north of Durango, were a frozen Narnia to any who dared trespass in winter – a beautiful but bitter land of frozen waterfalls and sharp, icy pinnacles. The now familiar crunch and crack of titanium axes and biting crampons echo through the narrow walls. Ice climbers rhythmically hammer and step their way up the slick ice in a methodical dance. Read more…

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