I am a Seattle author, editor and freelance writer.

I’ve written two gardening books, a bicycling guidebook (now in its 2nd edition), a business-leader’s profile and numerous articles for periodicals and web publications. I’m also a veteran book, magazine and web editor, and perform writing and editing duties for corporate clients. I’ve been working in these fields in Seattle since 1985.

I also teach editing in the University of Washington’s Certificate in Editing program, and give regular presentations and workshops on gardening, bicycling and writing topics.

I’m a ride leader for Cascade Bicycle Club, the “Get the Book to the Printer Guy” (aka managing editor) for The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas (formerly 826 Seattle), and a Master Gardener for King County, Washington. I volunteer for a number of greening organizations, including Seattle Tilth, P-Patch and Plant Amnesty.

In January 2014 I was honored with the Sustainable Hero award from Sustainable Seattle, primarily for my work in 2013 on the Solarize Seattle: Northwest campaign, but they were kind enough to mention my biking and gardening books and other work that I’ve done for nonprofit organizations.

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Society of Professional Journalists

Northwest Independent Editors Guild

Pacific Northwest Writers Association



Biking Puget Sound: 60 Rides from Olympia to the San Juans (Mountaineers Books, 2nd edition, 2014)

Cool Season Gardener: Extend the Harvest, Plan Ahead and Grow Vegetables Year Round (Skipstone, 2013)

Power: How J.D. Power III Became the Auto Industry’s Advisor, Confessor, and Eyewitness to History (Fenwick, 2013)

Edible Heirlooms: Heritage Vegetables for the Maritime Garden (Skipstone, 2009)



Selected periodicals:

The Seattle Times

Edible Seattle magazine

PCC Sound Consumer

Seattle Met magazine


Selected clients:

Fenwick Publishing

FTI Consulting

Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas

Group Health Cooperative

King County Medical Society


Mountaineers Books

Neibart Group

Premera Blue Cross

Sasquatch Books


Here are a few of my recent articles that are available online. Hope you enjoy them!

Breeding Better Organic Produce Locally — PCC Sound Consumer

Take Train to Vancouver, Then Cycle Home to Seattle — The Seattle Times

Plotting Your Plat: This Year, Use Crop Rotation for Fertility and Pest Control — Edible Seattle

… and some from previous years:

Wild Abandon: Letting Your Edibles Go To Seed — Edible Seattle

Caitlin Moore

Seed-saver Caitlin Moore examines chard seed at a community garden.

Seattle’s Food Action Plan — PCC Sound Consumer

Farmers filling boxes

Farmers Pepe and Mary fill boxes with produce at the North Sound Hub. Photo by Robin Crowder.

Cycle to adventure on five big bridges — The Seattle Times

I-90 Bridge

Question for urban farmers: to bee? — PCC Sound Consumer

Tomatoes from another time: heirloom veggies take gardeners back to their roots — Seattle Met

Brandywine Tomato

Plan now for a bike tour of the Oregon coast — Seattle Times

Oregon Coast

Bike to work: how to survive Seattle’s hills — Crosscut

Photographer Profile: David Muench — Encounters With the West — PhotoMedia


Reference Books

Are you a writer or editor? If so, I hope you’ll find these resources useful.


Poynter, a school for quality journalism

Resources for Writers from the King County Library System

Richard Hugo House, a Seattle literary community

Society of Professional Journalists



Associated Press Stylebook

Chicago Manual of Style Online

Editorial Freelancers Association

Northwest Independent Editors Guild

University of Washington’s Certificate in Editing Program

Yahoo Style Guide for online editing