I HAVE WORKED as a writer, editor, art director, photographer, and designer of books and magazines, as a curator of exhibitions, and as a founder and director of arts organizations. I now live on the magnificent Olympic Peninsula, where I continue to edit academic books, publish my photography, and serve as president of the board of the Port Townsend School of the Arts.

MY TWO most recent photography book are Year of the Birds (now in 3rd edition) and Birds Two. In recent years, I have edited American Sutra by Duncan Ryuken Williams (Harvard 2019) on Buddhism and the WWII Japanese internment; Privacy on the Ground, an influential book on privacy regulation by Deirdre Mulligan and Kenneth Bamberger (MIT Press); Plastic Reason, an anthropological view of radical changes in brain science written by Tobias Rees (UC Press); and a multi-author report on the state and future of Artificial Intelligence for Stanford University.

I HAVE PRODUCED interactive, multimedia ebooks, including the 2015 Digital Book Award Winner, Yosemite: A Storied Landscapewith California Historical Society and the Yosemite Conservancy; Russian California, which was also published in hardback by California State Parks Foundation and the Renova Fort Ross Foundation; and A Wild Flight of the Imagination: The Story of the Golden Gate Bridgewith California Historical Society. I was a co-founder of the digital publishing firm, 36 Views, which produced the popular digital guide, Reef Fishes of the East Indies, by Gerald Allen and Mark Erdmann. I currently hold an appointment as an Associate with the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at UC Davis, where I assist Professor Arnold Bloom with a digital version of his undergraduate textbook on climate change.

AS EDITOR-IN-CHIEF of California magazine, I led a repositioning and redesigning of the publication, which subsequently won numerous national and regional awards, including a Folio Gold Eddy for best association magazine two years in a row. Over a ten-year period, I also served as the executive editor, creative director, and art director of Mother Jones, where I co-founded an international fund to support documentary photographers (later called Fifty Crows), chaired by Sebastiao Salgado and Marc Riboud. As a writer, one of my more rewarding experiences was a San Francisco magazine investigative report that resulted in the dismissal of a corrupt executive director of the Presidio Trust in San Francisco’s iconic park. The article was a National Magazine Award finalist.

I SERVED AS EDITORIAL DIRECTOR for a system-wide web site of research on climate change for the University of California Office of the President, and collaborated with Lisa Gansky on The Mesh: Why the Future of Business is Sharing (Penguin Portfolio 2010), a Wall Street Journal bestselling business book. I also edited and wrote the introduction to Witness in Our Time, Smithsonian’s top-selling book in 2001—updated and re-released in 2010 by Random House—and was the principal author for Wayne F. Miller: Photographs 1942-1958 (Powerhouse 2008). I have written for many national and local publications, and was principal editor on articles for numerous bestselling authors.


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Photo by Chuck Moses

Photo by Chuck Moses

I HAVE CURATED photography exhibitions in Mexico, France, and the U.S., and was co-curator of Yosemite: A Storied Landscape, shown at the California Historical Society. As an Art Director, I worked with many outstanding artists and photographers, such as Steve Brodner, Philip Burke, Anita Kunz, Matt Groening, Lynda Barry, Sebastiao Salgado, Eugene Richards, James Balog, and Susan Meiselas.


Yosemite: A Storied Landscape. Winner, 2015 Digital Book Award; Quality, Excellence, Design certification from Digital Book World.

California Magazine: Folio Gold Winner, Best Association Magazine, and Best Feature Article, (Lisa Margonelli, Startup U); Best American Essays, (Richard Rodriguez, Disappointment); Best American Science and Nature Writing (Keay Davidson, Dark Matters);  Best Politics and Social Issues/Consumer Magazine, Western Publishing Association, (Global Warning); Society of Professional Journalists awards for Global Warnings, and Startup U, 2008; CASE Gold Medal, (Tom Wolfe on Clay Felker)

Trouble in the Presidio by Kerry Tremain, San Francisco Magazine, National Magazine Award Finalist

Mother Jones: National Magazine Award finalist; two medals each from the Society of Publication Designers and the Society of Illustrators; multiple additional national and regional awards for art direction and design.

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