About

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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 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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Memberships:

Society of Professional Journalists

Northwest Independent Editors Guild

Garden Writers Association

Pacific Northwest Writers Association

 

Books:

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:

826 Seattle

Fenwick Publishing

FTI Consulting

Group Health Cooperative

King County Medical Society

MarshBerry

The Neibart Group

Premera Blue Cross

Articles

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

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

Bee on sunflower

Taken with tea: Richard Sakuma sprouts an alternative Northwest crop — PCC Sound Consumer

Camellia sinensis Tea plant

At harvest time, only two leaves and a bud get picked from new growth on the tea plant.

For gifts that will get used, know how your cyclist rolls — Patch

Oregon Cyclists

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

Resources

Reference Books

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

Writing:

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

 

Editing:

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