Aug 31, 2015

Poetry And Prisoners At The Mineral School

Charlotte Austin at the Mineral reading. Copyright

We opened the windows, so literature cascaded onto the 30 inmate firefighters camped in the back yard, as Washington's Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen and Adventure Writer Charlotte Austin read.

(Check out Charlotte's great account of the evening, accompanied by more of my shots.)

The Alder Lake Fire and Mineral School's backyard firefighter camp. Copyright

Aug 27, 2015

Wildfires In the Hills: A Smoke-Smudged Cascade Summer

Fire across the water. Copyright

Washington's Alder Lake fire has now charred 220 acres nearby... Tomorrow convicts and firefighters battling the blaze will set up camp in the Mineral School's back field.

Aug 25, 2015

Back In The Saddle: Horse Whispering In Tucson

I get knocked down. But I get up again... with the help of an over-nuzzly, Arizonan quarter horse. Here's my latest photo and text spread for Travelgirl Magazine.

Aug 20, 2015

Things That Go Bump In The Night...

I'm about to read a short essay on Sasquatching in a Cascade Mountain dive bar, as part of my Mineral School Residency. What could possibly go wrong?

Aug 16, 2015

Starting A Writer's Residency Deep In The North Cascades

For the next two weeks, I get to write at Mineral School on the flanks of Mount Rainier, the most glaciated peak in the Lower 48. Big thanks to Jane Hodges and her team, who created this haven!

Aug 14, 2015

Olivia's Wedding And The Midnight Spokane Run

I had to deconstruct part of the car door to access the gas tank. Gotta love a 36-hour, cross-state road trip (cousin's wedding) right before a two-week writer's residency! But I saw my gorgeous cousin Olivia Spies get hitched. #WorthIt!

Aug 10, 2015

The Palouse: Saving A Picture-Perfect Americana

My latest BBC piece explores the luminous landscape of the Palouse in eastern Washington.

(Text and photos by Amanda Castleman) Photographers are flocking to this threatened terrain in the US northwest, drawn by the iconic red barns, hypnotic rolling hills and scoured lava outcrops. Read more...