Selected Writing:


Climb Aboard, Ye Who Seek the Truth!Popular Mechanics

  • Winner: 2017 Hearst Editorial Excellence Award (Reporting)
  • Finalist: 2017 National Magazine Award (Feature Writing)
  • Honorable Mention: 2017 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award
  • Notable: Best American Travel Writing 2017

The Last Wild RiverOxford American

  • Winner: 2009 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award
  • Included in Best American Travel Writing 2009 
  • Listen to an interview about this piece on American Public Media's "The Story with Dick Gordon" 

Southern Enemy Number One: Ralph McGill and the Burden of History | Oxford American

The Rapture of the Deep: Diving the Sunken South | Oxford American

Dogs of Character (book excerpt) | The Virginia Quarterly Review

Men and Dogs: What's Behind Our 26,000-Year Partnership?Men's Journal

We're Safer Without Pit Bull BansThe Los Angeles Times

Born to Be WildOutside

True NorthThe New York Times Book Review

The Emotional Manipulations of Making a Murderer Slate

The American MuckSlate

The Short List: DogsThe New York Times Book Review

Bullish on the Bull CityGarden & Gun