Lincoln, NE, United States
I am a contributing writer at Mother Jones and editor-at-large at OnEarth. My essays and poetry have appeared in The Atlantic, Bloomberg Businessweek, Harper’s, The Nation, The New Republic, Outside, Poetry, and the Washington Post Book World. I am the author of two books of poems and Walt Whitman and the Civil War, named a Best Academic Book of 2010 by the American Library Association. My awards include the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and inclusion in the Pushcart Prize Anthology and Best American Travel Writing. I was editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review for nine years, during which time the magazine won six National Magazine Awards. My book, The Chain: Farm, Factory, and the Fate of Our Food, is forthcoming in October 2014 from HarperCollins.