Terrain.org is comprised of two editorial bodies: editors, who assemble each issue and maintain Terrain.org as an organization, and our Editorial Board, comprised of leaders in the literary and environmental arena from across the U.S. and beyond, who serve in an advisory capacity. Contributing editors include regular writers and content contributors.
- Simmons B. Buntin, Editor-in-Chief
- Amy Burns, Assistant Fiction Editor
- Patrick Burns, Fiction Editor
- Joshua Foster, Nonfiction Editor
- Andrew C. Gottlieb, Reviews Editor
- Megan Kimble, Assistant Editor
- Craig Reinbold, Assistant Editor
- Derek Sheffield, Poetry Editor
- Scott Calhoun
- Miriam Marty Clark
- Rick Cole
- Catherine Cunningham
- Alison Hawthorne Deming
- Elizabeth Dodd
- Carolyn Dooling
- Deborah Fries
- Charles Goodrich
- Julian Hoffman
- Erik Hoffner
- William Keener
- Jessie Lendennie
- Kathryn Miles
- Ken Pirie
- David Rothenberg
- Lauret Savoy
- Galina Tachieva
- David Wann
- Andrew Wingfield
- Todd Ziebarth
Though Simmons Buntin’s terrain has varied from the scrub oak hammocks of central Florida to the thorny scarps of the Sonoran Desert, his path seems always directed by the pursuit of an elegant balance between the built and natural environments. He has published poetry, essays, and technical articles in publications as varied as High Desert Journal, South Dakota Review, North American Review, Bulletin of Science, Technology, and Society, Kyoto Review, and Orion. He has a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Colorado Denver, concluded by an award-winning thesis on sustainable suburban downtown redevelopment, and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Arizona. Simmons migrated from energy services program manager for the U.S. Department of Energy to web program manager for the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management, and lives in Tucson, Arizona.
He has won an Academy of American Poets Prize, Colorado Artist’s Fellowship for Poetry, and grants from the U.S. Forest Service, Arizona Commission on the Arts, and the Tucson-Pima Arts Council. His first book of poetry, Riverfall, was published in 2005 by Ireland’s Salmon Poetry. His second book, Bloom, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2010. His book Unsprawl, co-authored by Terrain.org editorial board member Ken Pirie, will be published by Planetizen Press in 2012. Simmons also serves as a contributing editor of Shenandoah and editorial board member of Hawk & Handsaw: The Journal of Creative Sustainability. Catch up with him at www.SimmonsBuntin.com.
Amy Knight Burns is a reader, runner, baker, lawyer, wife, sister, daughter, granddaughter, writer, yogini, dog snuggler, and musician, not necessarily in that order. She has lived in Berkeley, California; San Carlos, California; the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Poughkeepsie, New York; Washington, D.C.; Tucson, Arizona; Palo Alto, California; San Jose, California; and now Helena, Montana — in precisely that order.
She has an undergraduate degree in English and cognitive science from Vassar College, an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Arizona, and a law degree from Stanford.
A native of Helena, Montana, Patrick grew up hiking in Glacier Park and floating the Missouri River. He has always enjoyed the Rocky Mountains and the four seasons that shape them. After working as a house painter, a dock worker, a landscaper, and waiter (of course), he went on to get master’s degrees in both education and fine arts with a focus in fiction. He is engaged to a woman far smarter than him, and they make their home (along with two small dogs) in Tucson, Arizona.
As fiction editor, Patrick is looking for work that not only fits in with the themes and aesthetic of Terrain.org, he’s also searching for stories that delight, surprise, and startle him in the hours that follow his reading.
The manicured farmland coupled with the bleak desert and mountainous terrain of southeastern Idaho have influenced Joshua Foster all of his life. He grew up working on his father’s commercial grain and potato farm driving truck, irrigating, working the ground, spending time in the sun.
Joshua earned degrees in English and creative writing from BYU-Idaho and the University of Arizona. After schooling, he returned to the farm, where he currently works and writes. His work—both short stories and personal essays—have appeared in various literary journals, zines, and magazines. They most often deal with rural culture and habitat. He appreciates those intersections in literature that teach him how good it is to be alive.
Born in Canada and raised outside of Boston, Massachusetts, Andrew C. Gottlieb now lives in Irvine, California, and has been on the West Coast since 1998. He studied writing at Iowa State University, getting his MA in English, and then at the University of Washington, earning his MFA in fiction writing.
His own work has appeared in many journals both online and in print including the American Literary Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, DIAGRAM, Ecotone, ISLE, and Poets & Writers, and a chapbook of poems, Halflives, came out from New Michigan Press in 2005. Along with his wife and two stepteens, he’s often trying to escape to a national or state park, the Central Coast, a beach, the deserts of Arizona, or some other popular or obscure wilderness location in order to hike, fish, gaze, write, or simply enjoy the outdoors. He looks forward to reading your book.
Megan Kimble grew up in the mountains above Los Angeles, but has since lived in Denver, Nicaragua, Santa Monica, and Brazil. She’s interested in how deeply the places we inhabit influence our lives, especially how we move through those places—she’s noticeably more cheerful since she stopped commuting on the freeways of Los Angeles and started biking around Tucson, where she’s a student in the University of Arizona’s MFA program for creative nonfiction.
Megan runs, hikes, and loves breakfast and chocolate chip cookies. She’s written for the Los Angeles Times and writes on her blog at www.MeganKimble.com.
There are more than 40 lakes in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, the land where suburbs meet country, and where Craig Reinbold was born and raised. He learned to dive off the dock at Nagawicka, but Ottawa was the first lake he ever swam across. He always gets skunked at Nemahbin, but somehow snagged a 23-inch largemouth fishing Waterville*. He once sank a canoe in Lac La Belle, lost a shoe in Dogwood, and burst an eardrum touching the bottom of Golden. Currently a resident of Arizona, he loves the desert, but still longs for all those lakes and tries to swim anywhere with enough water to float him.
A onetime creative writing intern at Biosphere 2, his work appears in recent or forthcoming issues of The Iowa Review, New England Review, Post Road, Guernica, Gulf Coast, Hotel Amerika, High Country News, and a number of other more or less literary places.
* Fish may have actually been in the 20-21 inch range.
Derek Sheffield was born in Portland, Oregon, and grew up there and in Gig Harbor, Washington. Since 2003, he has been a professor of English at Wenatchee Valley College in central Washington, where he formed the Sustainability Task Force to design and implement a college-wide recycling program. With help from theWashington Center at Evergreen State University, he continues to work at infusing sustainability across the curriculum. With the region’s preeminent ornithologist, Dr. Dan Stephens, he created WVC’s first learning community—Northwest Nature Writing—which, in a fit of consilience and contextual education, blends field ecology and creative nonfiction. What that means is they lead their students into the woods, meadows, and shrub-steppe with notebooks, field guides, and binoculars and let wilderness shape their essays. Sheffield has presented widely at conferences around the West on the interaction between science and poetry. His own work often explores this topic and has appeared in Orion, Wilderness, Poetry, The Georgia Review, The Southern Review, Ecotone, and Alaska Quarterly Review, and several anthologies, including New Poets of the American West and Ecopoetry: A Contemporary American Anthology. His poems have twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and won awards judged by Gary Short and Li-Young Lee. Sheffield’s chapbook, A Revised Account of the West (Flyway/Iowa State U., 2008), won the inaugural Hazel Lipa Environmental Chapbook Award judged by Debra Marquart.
As it happens, one of his favorite books of recent years is Why Birds Sing by David Rothenberg and he regularly shows his students the film, Affluenza. He lives in the eastern foothills of the Cascade Range outside Leavenworth, Washington, with his wife, two daughters, two dogs, and one horse. View more info on Derek.
Jennifer McStotts is a close-enough native of Arizona, having lived there for more than twenty years; she grew up in Mesa, a suburb of Phoenix. In the last fifteen years, Jennie has been a clandestine writer, sneaking a little creative prose in where she could while making a living in environmental law, policy advocacy, and higher education.
After earning a degree in interdisciplinary studies (architecture, English, and psychology) from the University of Arizona, Jennie received master’s degrees in historic preservation and law from the University of Georgia and in creative nonfiction from the University of Arizona. Between different times spent in school, she was an assistant professor of historic preservation and urban studies at the College of Charleston, a research attorney for the State of Georgia, and a private consultant in preservation policy.
Jennie’s writing and research have been published in a variety of journals, including Future Anterior, International Journal of Heritage Studies, and specialty law reviews like Journal of Land, Resources, and Environmental Law. Catch up with her at www.JenniferMcStotts.com.
Rafael is a poet, fiction writer, and musician (percussionist). He also explores artistic voices and the creative process through in-depth interviews with an emphasis on perspective, place, identity, and cultural environments. His study and performance of music from Brazil, West Africa, Cuba, and the United States frequently influences his work.
Born in Madrid, Spain, and raised near Lake Michigan north of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rafael has lived and worked in London, Phoenix, Minneapolis, and Portland (Oregon). He studied sociology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and has explored the cultural relevance of story and human interaction at the Intercultural Communication Institute.
In 2008, he returned to Arizona and is continually inspired by the expansive blue sky, the old-growth saguaros, and the rich colors of the Sonoran desert at sunset. He is currently the lead writer at Grantmakers for Education, lives with his family in Tucson, and can be found at infiniteculture.wordpress.com.
Zoë Calhoun, Hendrix College class of 2014, was raised in the desert of Tucson, Arizona. She chose Hendrix in Conway, Arkansas because she wanted to challenge herself — educationally and culturally. As a double major in Spanish and Digital Writing & Photography, she enjoys studying various modes of communication. After graduation, she hopes to teach English in a Spanish-speaking country.
Scott Calhoun explores backroads and backcountry in search of plants, gardens, architecture, and food. Scott has written and provided photographs for five critically acclaimed gardening books. His first book, Yard Full of Sun,received the 2006 American Horticultural Society Book Award; his second title, Chasing Wildflowers, was awarded the Garden Writers Association 2008 Silver Book Award. Scott’s most recent titles include Designer Plant Combinations; The Hot Garden; and Hot Pots. Scott is a Contributing Editor to Horticulture magazine, writes a monthly garden column for Sunset magazine, and freelances for numerous print publications including American Gardener, Country Gardens, and Wildflower. Based in Tucson, Arizona, Scott designs gardens, writes, and lectures across the United States. Currently, he is working on a book about agave plant exploration and cuisine. Catch up with Scott at www.zonagardens.com.
Miriam Marty Clark is an Associate Professor of English at Auburn University in Alabama. A native Midwesterner, she has lived in the small-town South for more than twenty years. She teaches courses in American literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and has a special interest in American poetry from Whitman and Emerson to the present. She has published essays on a number of twentieth century writers including poets A. R. Ammons and Howard Nemerov and short story writers Alice Munro, William Trevor, Raymond Carver, Ann Beattie, and Grace Paley. She has also published poems.
At present she is working on a book about the twentieth-century American philosopher and rhetorician Kenneth Burke and his influential friendships with several American poets including John Crowe Ransom, Theodore Roethke, Howard Nemerov, and A. R. Ammons. Along with Burke’s writings, many of which address the relationship between nature and human action in culture and technology, she is studying his extensive correspondence with poets and critics.
Miriam is married to Drew Clark, who teaches Renaissance literature at Auburn. They have two daughters.
Rick Cole is the City Manager of Ventura, California, a coastal community recognized as one of “America’s Most Livable Cities.” Ventura has been widely recognized for the revitalization of its downtown, emphasis on urban infill and commitment to sustainability. The Los Angeles Times described Rick as “one of the nation’s best known advocates of ‘smart growth.’” The Municipal Management Association of Southern California recognized him with its 2009 Excellence in Government Award.
In 2006, Rick was honored by Governing Magazine as one of its nine “2006 Public Officials of the Year,” the only City Manager in the nation to earn that distinction. Governing cited his “intense focus on the details that add up to a vital city.” Rick previously served as City Manager of Azusa, California (1998-2004) and Southern California Director of the Local Government Commission, where his outspoken advocacy for “smart growth” and “livable communities” reached a national audience. During twelve years of elected service on the Pasadena City Council (including two years as mayor), he spearheaded the rebirth of Old Pasadena, a commitment to rail transit, and an award-winning General Plan effort that involved more than 3,500 citizens.
Rick is a member of the Sustainable Communities Advisory Committee of the International City/County Managers Association and serves on the Executive Committee of the City Manager’s Department of the League of California Cities. He is also a member of the Congress for the New Urbanism and the American Planning Association.
Diversity in experience and interests aptly describes Catherine Cunningham. Cathy hails from a family farm in South Dakota where she learned the essence of cows-n-cookin’. Perhaps it was the farming lifestyle, where one plays the role of horticulturist, planner, veterinarian, microbiologist, geneticist, engineer, construction worker, accountant, and meteorologist, that inspired her appetite for variety in understanding the world. From those ambitions, she earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science and has pursued graduate work in industrial hygiene and environmental sciences.
Cathy’s work experience at Western Area Power Administration and more recently the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation includes occupational safety and health, training and performance consulting, project manager for Environmental Management Systems, and her current position as NEPA project manager. She has also achieved personal and professional accomplishment in consulting, fundraising for charitable organizations, and developing partnerships among public, private, and tribal entities for communications technologies and community development. Cathy served on the planning and zoning commission in her Colorado mountain hometown. Mother of two boys, she also enjoys traveling, skiing, bicycling, hiking, flyfishing, drawing, painting, and pottery.
Alison Hawthorne Deming was born and grew up in Connecticut. She is the author of Science and Other Poems, selected by Gerald Stern for the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets, and three additional poetry books, The Monarchs: A Poem Sequence, Genius Loci, and most recently Rope. Alison has also published three nonfiction books, Temporary Homelands, The Edges of the Civilized World, and Writing the Sacred Into the Real. She edited Poetry of the American West: A Columbia Anthology and co-edited with Lauret E. Savoy The Colors of Nature: Essays on Culture, Identity, and the Natural World. Her work has won numerous awards, including a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, two poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pablo Neruda Prize, a Pushcart Prize, and the Bayer Award in Science Writing from Creative Nonfiction for the essay “Poetry and Science: A View From the Divide.” Her poems and essays have been widely published and anthologized, including in The Georgia Review, Orion, Sierra, OnEarth, Verse and Universe: Poems on Science and Mathematics, The Norton Book of Nature Writing, and Best American Science and Nature Writing. She currently is Professor in Creative Writing at the University of Arizona and also teaches in the Prague Summer Program.
Elizabeth Dodd was born in Boulder, Colorado, and grew up in Athens, Ohio. For over two decades she has lived in eastern Kansas in the Flint Hills region, where she is an award-winning professor of creative writing and literature at Kansas State University. She has team-taught courses with scientists, philosophers, and historians and she has led students on field trips in conjunction with their readings in environmental literature. Elizabeth is a poet and nonfiction writer. Her newest book, Horizon’s Lens: My Time on the Turning World, appears with University of Nebraska Press in Fall 2012. Catch up with her at ElizabethDodd.com.
Carolyn Dooling is a real estate marketing consultant, spending ten years previously working as an urban planner. She received her Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado at Denver in 1997 and went on to practice in both the public and private sector. Carolyn has spent the last few years focusing on her passion for sustainability and the built environment by planning sustainability events and conferences, such as the Colorado Urban Green Conference, an annual event hosted by the Urban Land Institute, American Institute of Architects, and the CU College of Architecture and Planning. She is a LEED AP, co-chair of the ULI Sustainable Communities Committee, head of communications for the LEED ND Interest Group, and is active with the USGBC Colorado Chapter. In her spare time, Carolyn pursues her interests in textiles and interior design. She can often be seen riding her bike around with her two children and husband in Stapleton, a New Urbanist community in Denver where they currently live.
For more than 20 years, Deborah Fries has earned a living through the written word — as a teacher, journalist, freelance writer, and public affairs professional. She works in multiple genres — including poetry, short fiction, essays, and nonfiction. Her poems and poetry reviews have appeared in numerous print and online journals, including Cream City Review, North American Review, Cimarron Review, Valparaiso Review, and Terrain.org, where she has been a contributor since 2000. Her first book of poetry,Various Modes of Departure, was published in 2004 by Kore Press, Tucson. Her second book, The Bright Field of Everything, will be published by Kore in 2013.
Deborah writes the “Plein Air” column for Terrain.org.
Charles Goodrich is the author of two volumes of poems, Going to Seed: Dispatches from the Garden (Silverfish Review Press, 2010) and Insects of South Corvallis (Cloudbank Books, 2003), and a collection of essays about nature, parenting, and building his own house, The Practice of Home (Lyons Press, 2004). He has also co-editedIn the Blast Zone: Catastrophe and Renewal on Mount St. Helen (OSU Press, 2008). A number of his poems have been read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac.
After working for 25 years as a professional gardener, he presently serves as director of the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word at Oregon State University. Charles has an MFA in creative writing from OSU. For more information, visit www.charlesgoodrich.com.
Julian Hoffman was born in England and grew up in Canada. In 2000 he moved with his partner, Julia, to live beside the Prespa Lakes in northern Greece. Having worked as organic market-gardeners for some years, they now earn a living in the mountains, monitoring sensitive upland bird species where wind parks have been built or proposed.
Julian’s writing and photography often explore the connections between people and place, wildlife and perception, and his book, The Small Heart of Things: Being at Home in a Beckoning World, was the winner of the 2012 AWP Award Series for Creative Nonfiction. Judged by Terry Tempest Williams, the book will be published by the University of Georgia Press in fall 2013. Along with winning the 2011 Terrain.orgNonfiction Prize, his writing has appeared, or is forthcoming, in EarthLines, Southern Humanities Review, Kyoto Journal, Flyway, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Three Coyotes, and The Redwood Coast Review. You can catch up with him at www.julian-hoffman.com.
Erik Hoffner is an activist, writer, and photographer whose work appears in Earth Island Journal, The Sun, World Ark, Orion, and others. His photography has been exhibited in numerous spaces, perhaps most often in the Vermont Center for Photography, and he is also on the board of Coop Power, a member-owned renewable energy cooperative based in New England. For work, he is outreach coordinator for Orion magazine.
Besides blogging for the web’s top green news site, Grist.org, Erik is also known to grow enormous shiitake mushrooms on the seven acres of western Massachusetts forest he shares with his wife, Jenny Goodspeed. Learn more about Erik at www.erikhoffner.com.
William Keener is a writer, naturalist, and environmental lawyer in the San Francisco Bay area.
His chapbook of nature poetry, Gold Leaf on Granite, winner of the 2008 Anabiosis Press Contest, was recently published. His poems appear in numerous journals, both print and online, including Appalachia, Atlanta Review, Camas, The Main Street Rag, Margie, Rattle, Terrain.org, and Water-Stone Review. In August 2009, he was invited to be one of the “Artists in the Back Country” in Sequoia National Park, a program designed to rekindle the tradition of enhancing public awareness of our country’s lands through literature and the arts.
Currently a senior attorney with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, he was formerly the Executive Director of the Marine Mammal Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the rescue of sick and injured seals along the California coast, and a natural history tour leader specializing in birds and whales. He has led trips into the gray whale breeding lagoons in Mexico, and up the Amazon in search of river dolphins.
Jessie Lendennie is a poet and publisher. Born in Arkansas, she lived in California and New York City before leaving the States for London, England, in 1970. She obtained a BA honours degree in Philosophy at Kings College, London, and a post-graduate degree in education from the Roehampton Institute, London. She began to publish her poetry in England during the 1970s, and in 1981, she moved to Galway, County Galway, Ireland, where she was a founder member of the Galway Writing Workshop, and founding editor of the journal The Salmon. The journal led to book publishing, and in 1984 Salmon Publishing (now Salmon Poetry) was established. Since 1986 she has run the press as its editor and managing director, commissioning, editing, and publishing over 350 books of poetry and prose. Many of these books were first collections from Irish women poets — a groundbreaking move in Irish poetry. Her own poetry explores the relationship between landscape and human ideals. Her published essays include “Holy Ground” (published in Irish Spirit, Wolfhound Press, 2001), an exploration of the spiritual dilemmas inherent in Ireland’s phenomenal growth and development over the last 15 years, and “Poets of the Burren” (The Book of the Burren, Tir Eolas Press, new edition 2002), on poets who have been influenced by the unique, desolate, limestone landscape of North County Clare, Ireland. Her books include Daughter (1988), Daughter and Other Poems (2001), and Walking Here (2011).
She has given numerous workshops, lectures, and writing courses in Ireland and abroad, including Yale University, University of Maryland, Marshall University, University of Alaska in Anchorage, University of Southern Illinois, Trinity College in Dublin, National University of Ireland, Rutgers University, University of Arkansas, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has read her poetry at dozens of venues in North America and Europe. In 1998 she was a writer-in-residence at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.
Jessie runs Salmon Poetry from a house on a hill overlooking the Atlantic, half a mile from the fabulous Cliffs of Moher in Co. Clare, Ireland.
Kathryn Miles is an award-winning writer whose recent essays have appeared in Ecotone, Reconstruction, The Bioregional Imagination, Best American Essays, and Terrain.org. She is the author of Adventures with Ari: A Puppy, A Leash, and Our Year Outdoors (Skyhorse/Norton) and a forthcoming narrative history about the Irish famine exodus entitled All Standing.
Kathryn currently serves as scholar-in-residence for the Maine Humanities Council, as director of the Environmental Writing Program at Unity College, and as editor-in-chief of Hawk & Handsaw: The Journal of Creative Sustainability.
Kathryn writes the “Field Notes” column for Terrain.org.
Ken Pirie has been an urban designer and planner for 16 years. Currently an associate with Walker Macy Landscape Architects and Planners, he also teaches a graduate class in planning at Portland State University. He enjoys work that aims to carefully mesh human and natural communities across the West, with socially and ecologically responsible town and campus planning. Rooted in Portland, Oregon, he likes to explore the Northwest by hiking, mountaineering, and driving aimlessly.
Ken writes the new “Eyes on the Street” column for Terrain.org.
Philosopher and musician David Rothenberg is the author of Sudden Music: Improvisation, Art, Nature(Georgia, 2002), Blue Cliff Record: Zen Echoes (Codhill Press, 2001), Hand’s End: Technology and the Limits of Nature (California, 1993), Always the Mountains (Georgia, 2003), and Why Birds Sing (Basic, 2005), currently being translated into five languages and being developed into a TV series for the BBC. His articles have appeared in Parabola, Orion, The Nation, Wired, Dwell, Kyoto Journal, and Sierra.
David is also a composer and jazz clarinetist, and he has six CDs out under his own name. His second record, On the Cliffs of the Heart, with percussionist Glen Velez and banjo player Graeme Boone, was named it one of the top ten releases of 1995 by Jazziz magazine. In 2000 Before the War was released, a collaboration with natural sound artist Douglas Quin. The Guardian in Britain praised it as “genuine 21st century music.” Rothenberg is professor of philosophy and music at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
David writes the “Bull Hill” column for Terrain.org.
Lauret Savoy writes across threads of cultural identity to explore their shaping by relationship with, and dislocation from, the land. Her goal is to produce multiple narratives of such connections and edges from stories we tell of land, its origin and history, to stories we tell of ourselves in the land and of relational identity. She is a woman of mixed African-American, Euro-American, and Native-American heritage, a photographer, pilot, and professor of geology and environmental studies at Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts.
She co-edited with Alison Deming The Colors of Nature: Culture, Identity, and the Natural World(Milkweed Editions 2002, expanded edition to be released in 2009). She is the lead editor of Bedrock: Writers on the Wonders of Geology (Trinity University Press, 2006, under poet-publisher Barbara Ras), with Eldridge and Judy Moores. She also co-authored and edited Living with the Changing California Coast (with Gary Griggs and Kiki Patsch, University of California Press, 2005). Her essays have appeared in anthologies and journals such as Orion and Ecotone.
Lauret writes the “A Stone’s Throw” column for Terrain.org.
Galina Tachieva is an expert in sustainable urbanism, urban redevelopment, sprawl repair, form-based codes, and resort towns. As a partner at Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company, Architects and Town Planners (DPZ), Tachieva directs the design and implementation of projects in the U.S. and around the world. Tachieva is the author of the Sprawl Repair Manual, an award-winning publication by Island Press, which focuses on the retrofit of auto-centric suburban places into complete, vibrant communities. She has written articles forDesignIntelligence, Architecture and the City International, and Planetizen, and is a contributor to The New Civic Art and the forthcoming The Transect Reader.
Tachieva is one of the leaders of the Congress for the New Urbanism Sprawl Retrofit Initiative. She is the primary author of the SmartCode Sprawl Repair Module. Galina is originally from Bulgaria, where she received her degree in architecture, and later finished her master’s degree in urban design at the University of Miami in Florida. She lectures around the world on topics of sprawl retrofit and sustainable development. Tachieva is a founding member of the Congress for European Urbanism and a board member of the New Urban Guild Foundation and the Transect Codes Council. She is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and by the U.S. Green Building Council as a LEED-Accredited Professional.
David Wann is president of the Sustainable Futures Society, a board member of the Cohousing Association of the U.S., and a fellow of the Simplicity Forum. He has now written or edited nine books, more than two hundred articles, and has produced twenty videos and TV programs about sustainable lifestyles, policies, and designs. Books include Log Rhythms (1984) Biologic: Designing With Nature to Protect the Environment (1994), Deep Design: Pathways to a Livable Future (1996), Affluenza (2001) The Zen of Gardening in the High and Arid West(2003) Superbia! 31 Ways to Create Sustainable Neighborhoods (2003), Reinventing Communities: Stories From the Walkways of Cohousing (2005) and Simple Prosperity: Finding Real Wealth in a Sustainable Lifestyle(2007). Films include Sustaining America’s Agriculture, narrated by Raymond Burr, Building Livable Communities, produced for then-VP Al Gore’s office, and Designing a Great Neighborhood, now airing on Free Speech TV and Lime TV. Visit his website at www.DaveWann.com.
David has presented keynote talks and workshops at many conferences and college events, and loves to see the “lights come on” as he talks about creating a better, more sustainable future. He’s taught at the college level, worked more than a decade as a policy analyst for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and helped design/build the cohousing village he now lives in, to bring his sustainable vision down to Earth.
Andrew Wingfield’s main interest as a writer and a teacher is exploring the ways that people and places shape each other. He is the author of a novel, Hear Him Roar, and a collection of short stories, Right of Way, which won the Washington Writers Publishing House 2010 fiction prize. Andrew’s place-based stories and personal essays have appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Antioch Review, Resurgence, Terrain.org, and other journals. He is an associate professor in George Mason University’s New Century College, where he teaches classes on writing, creativity, conservation, and sustainability. He is director of George Mason’s BA program in Environmental and Sustainability Studies.
In 2000, Andrew and his wife, the painter Tania Karpowitz, bought and began renovating the 1927 corner store building they now share with their two sons and a foundling dog whose thirst for affection will probably never be slaked.
Todd Ziebarth is the vice president for state advocacy and support for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. Previously, he worked as a policy analyst both at the Education Commission of the States from 1997 to 2003 and at Augenblick, Palaich, and Associates from 2003 to 2005. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Western Michigan University, a Master of Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado at Denver. In addition, he worked as a city planner for over two years in small-town Colorado, and maintains a strong interest in exploring many questions about our relationship to the built and natural environments. With Simmons Buntin, Todd was the founding co-editor of Terrain.org.
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