My essays have appeared in Outside, Wired, The New York Times Magazine, American Heritage,, Montana Magazine and others. I have received literary fellowships from The Fine Arts Work Center, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Stanford University. As an ISA Certified arborist, for ten years I worked the urban forest in Missoula, Montana.  I’m author of the award-winning motorcycle memoir Rebuilding the Indian (Riverhead Books, 1998, Bison Books, 2005) and Extremophilia (Bangtail Press, 2012). I’ve been privileged  to teach creative writing at the University of Montana and Stanford University, where I held a  three year  Richard Foster Jones Lectureship. Currently I live with my talented wife, Caroline Patterson, in my favorite place in the world:  Missoula.