Molly Wizenberg

The Craft of Memoir

Molly Wizenberg is the voice behind the James Beard Award-winning blog Orangette. Her books, A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table (Simon & Schuster, 2009), and Delancey: A Man, A Woman, A Restaurant, A Marriage (Simon & Schuster, 2014), were both New York Times bestsellers. Her work has appeared in Bon Appetit, Saveur, The Washington Post, O, and The Art of Eating, and she co-hosts the food-and-comedy podcast Spilled Milk, with Matthew Amster-Burton. Molly and her husband Brandon Pettit live in Seattle with their daughter June, and together they own and run the restaurants Delancey and Essex. Visit her online at http://orangette.net/. 


Clark Mishler

Our Place in the Environment

Trained as a graphic designer, Clark James Mishler was first introduced to the photographic process in the early 1970's at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles.  After completing his studies, Clark traveled to Alaska where he lived and worked as a graphic designer until being hired by the National Geographic Magazine in 1977 as a layout editor.  In 1979 Clark left Washington, D.C. and returned to Alaska in order to pursue a career in photography.  During his long career in Alaska, Clark has endeavored to document the many cultures of Alaska’s indigenous people and their subsistence activities.  His Portrait-a-Day project, now in its seventh year, has resulted in a posting of at least one portrait each day on his blog:  www.clarkjamesmishler.com.

During the past 35 years, Clark has taught at George Washington University in Washington D.C. and Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage.  Currently living in Calistoga, California, with his wife, Mitzi, Clark is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers and The National Press Photographer's Association. Visit him online at www.mishlerphotos.com.


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Rob Dunbar

Fire and Ice: The Creation of Baranoff Island and Sitka Sound

Rob Dunbar is the W.M. Keck Professor of Earth Sciences at Stanford University. His work examines the origins and impacts on climate change from the tropics to the poles with an emphasis on the circum-Pacific margin. Dunbar is a field-oriented researcher and teacher – he has travelled to Antarctica for research over 30 times and has dove to the bottom of the sea in small research submersibles in the Gulf of Alaska, the main and NW Hawaiian Islands, and on equatorial Pacific seamounts. Current research projects involve climate change and ocean acidification in coastal marine habitats and past climate variability in Antarctica and the South Pacific. Dunbar regularly works with several United Nations groups in support of the small island and developing states (SIDS) as they prepare to deal with climate change impacts in the years ahead. He also works with artists and musicians in the Bay Area on communicating environmental science via the humanities. Dunbar received his undergraduate degree in Earth Science from the University of Texas at Austin and his Ph.D. in Oceanography from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California. He has served on the faculties of the University of California at San Diego, Rice University, and Stanford. You can also find him sailing, climbing mountains, dog-sledding, and otherwise enjoying the wonders of our Planet as well as capturing images wildlife in and around water.

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Photo by Lisa Owen

Nikki McClure

Papercuts of Place

Nikki McClure is a self-taught artist. She is a writer and/or illustrator of seven children’s books published by Abrams Books, including the New York Times Bestseller “All in a Day” by Cynthia Rylant. Her work has been included in the past four years of the Society of Illustrators Annual juried exhibition and her illustration work has earned many starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus, Booklist, School Library Journal, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and more.  Nikki’s papercuts have been featured on snowboards, Patagonia t-shirts, record covers, magazine illustrations, greeting cards, book covers, movies, tote bags, Microsoft advertisements, non-profit logos, stranger’s tattoos, and Olympia’s storm drains. In August of 2011, the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Oregon curated a 15 year retrospective of her art which also exhibited at the Bellevue Arts Museum and at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History as well as other locations.

Nikki lives in Olympia, Washington where she collaborates with her husband, Jay T. Scott making lamps, and with her son making fern gardens and large holes in dirt. In addition to all this work, Nikki picks berries, swims in the Salish Sea, and makes an occasional pie. Visit her online at http://nikkimcclure.com/.

Teri Rofkar

Ancient Weaving Technology

Teri Rofkar is a Tlingit daughter of Raven from the Snail House (T’akdeintaan), a clan originating in Lituya Bay (Ltu.áa), related closely to the Coho (L’uknax.ádi) clan. The daughter of an Englishman from California, and granddaughter of the Kaagwaantaan Wolf of Ground Hogs Bay, Alaska, she has lived in Sitka for 38 years. Teri was introduced to Tlingit weaving by her Grandmother, when she was a child. She lived in Pelican, Alaska, where she spent many summers commercial fishing and playing in Lisianski Inlet. The fun of traditional gathering as a child continues to fuel her investigations of climate, geology, and chemistry today as an adult. Teri harvests and weaves in Tlingit methods passed down for thousands of years, following the steps of her Ancestors. Decades of weaving have opened her eyes to the pure science and math that is embedded in Tlingit art. During her art career, she has received numerous awards, including the NEA Heritage Fellowship and recognition as a “Living Cultural Treasure” in 2009; a United States Artists Fellowship in 2006; the Buffet Indigenous Leadership Award in 2004; the Alaska Governors Award for Alaska Native Art in 2004; and the Rasmuson Distinguished Artist Award for 2013.

Teri’s goal is to continue the research, broadening awareness of traditional Tlingit art and science for the generations to come. She can be found online at http://www.terirofkar.com.


Cristi Catt

Singing Mechanics

Cristi Catt has performed throughout the U.S., Europe, and South America, and is a founding member of the internationally renowned vocal ensemble Tapestry, winners of the Echo Klassik Choral Recording of the Year and Chamber Music American’s Recording of the Year.  Her interest in the meeting points between medieval and world traditions has led to research grants to Portugal and southern France, and performances and recordings with French folk band, Le Bon Vent, Balmus and HourGlass.   She has commissioned and premiered numerous new works and performed Steve Reich’s Tehillim with the Colorado Symphony and Cabrillo Festival Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop.  As a teacher, Cristi takes a kinesthetic approach, combining singing with imagery and physical work based on yoga to open the voice, ground the breath, and improve body alignment.

Cristi currently serves on the faculty of New England Conservatory and the Berklee College of Music. She has recordings with Telarc International,  German Label MDG, Canadian Label Epact and Erato/Time Warner. She has a passion for theatre and has served as director/music director for numerous theatrical works and directs the women’s schola for the Night Song Series in Cambridge, MA.  She can be found online at http://www.cristicatt.com/.

Audrey Armstrong was born in Galena, Alaska, but grew up in Huslia Alaska. She studied at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and is a lifetime Sequoyah member of the American Indian Science & Engineering Society. She learned the art of fish skin sewing from Fran Reed, and has taught teaching workshops around Alaska, California, and internationally.  Along with working with fish, Audrey is also an accomplished bead worker and skin sewer.  In 2006, Audrey received the BP/YWCA Women of Achievement Award, in 2007 she received the President’s Awards from the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention. Audrey is a self-taught artist and truly loves to share her talents with anyone who wants to learn. As an elder she feels this art form is an important gift that we are blessed to have and that it is not ours to keep. Anaa Basee!



 Audrey Armstrong

Sewing with Fish Skin


Chris Cianfrani is an Associate Professor of Hydrology at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. Her research and teaching lie at the intersection of environmental engineering, water resource management, and ecology. Specific research areas include stream restoration, watershed assessment, and sustainable water use with projects located primarily in the Northeastern United States. She has recently begun work designing a new program with students to analyze the effectiveness of a greywater reuse/recycling system in a newly constructed “living building” on campus. This project seeks to understand the relationships between the living and built environment and to increase awareness of the ways in which we consume and dispose of resources. She received her B.S. from the University of Pennsylvania, M.S. from Yale University, and Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Vermont. Additionally, she is co-director of the Collaborative Modeling Center at Hampshire College which supports a community dedicated to multi-disciplinary scientific research and innovative educational practices.   She can be found online at http://sites.hampshire.edu/ccianfrani/



Chris Cianfrani

Stream Ecology