In a fraction of a second at 5:05 p.m. on January 7, 1984, the sleepy Appalachian berg of Huntingdon, Pennsylvania lost a promise: one boy gone, another left behind and the rearranged topography of a moment frozen in time.
Verse and vision combine in The Snow Inside Me, a thought-provoking six-part memoir about a man’s unknowing journey to overcome a long-ago winter day. Stemming the mountains of Pennsylvania, Colorado, Idaho and the unspoiled vastness in between, the story is equal parts poetry, meditation and forward-driving narrative and incorporates the landscape as a powerful character of its own. It’s a tale of fear and courage, friendship and loss, misfortune and adventure. And, ultimately, it’s a story about love.
- Click here to buy Part 1 of The Snow Inside Me at Amazon.
Published by Boston-based Beacon Press in March 2011, Recovering a Lost River is author Steven Hawley’s first book, a volume that chronicles the Pacific Northwest’s politics, economics, ecology and culture. And it’s a book that centers significantly on the state of Idaho.
Since the book’s publication, I’ve organized eight speaking engagements and readings for Hawley that included Boise, Sun Valley, Stanley, Salmon, McCall, Moscow and Coeur d’Alene. That work involved booking venues, generating advanced publicity, ordering books, delivering introductory speeches and introducing the author. And, along the way, it involved making a friend in this smart, well-researched and witty author.
To be sure, mine was merely a role of marketing, publicity and event planning. But it was rewarding to be charged with helping bring attention to a talented up-and-coming author and work of nonfiction that has significance and implications for the residents of the Pacific Northwest.
Throughout parts of 2011 and 2012 I worked as Editor in Chief of a 109-page collection of short stories and poetry titled Growing With the Flow, published by Idaho Rivers United in September 2012.
As project lead, I solicited and edited stories, managed the editing process and designed the book’s cover (as well as contributed a work of fiction set in the city of Salmon, Idaho). I also headed distribution and publicity.
As with any collaborative project, the collection is the sum of the efforts of its contributors, and there were many. Notably, IRU member Bob Finkbine gave birth to the idea and rallied to make it happen. His expertise from publishing a number of works was invaluable to the process. Also importantly, the project would not have come to fruition without College of Idaho intern Annie Morrison’s excellent copyediting, for which I am immensely grateful.
In putting the book together, we set our sights on celebrating the beauty, enjoyment and range of emotions that Idaho’s rivers elicit. Due in no small part to the project’s contributors I think we accomplished that goal.
- The book is for sale at a number of bookstores around Idaho, at the IRU offices and at IRU events. Copies are $20 and are available by contacting Idaho Rivers United. Please call (208) 343-7481 or email Natalie Shellworth at firstname.lastname@example.org. It can also be purchased online at IRU’s River Store.
In 2012 I had the great fortune to head up a team of passionate activists working to shed more light on the plight of the Pacific Northwest’s endangered wild salmon. The diverse four-month multimedia campaign included a thorough public relations effort that resulted in stories in the Seattle Times, National Geographic NewsWatch, National Public Radio, Idaho Statesman and Idaho Public Television, among others. It also included creation of a website and implementation of an intensive social media campaign that, at its peak, reached thousands of viewers per day. It also included scripting, editing and production of radio ads that ran throughout the state of Idaho.
To be sure, this was a team effort. Extensive credit is due to copywriter Jessica Holmes; graphic designer Bethany Walter; Idaho Rivers United board members Andy Munter, Tom Stuart and Kathleen Fahey; College of Idaho interns Annie Morrison and Joe Pickett and to all of the staff at IRU who helped make it happen. But I was proud to work at the center of a project seeking to make a difference for one of the Pacific Northwest’s cultural and ecological icons. As project lead, I assigned tasks to the project’s talented contributors, edited website and radio ad copy, drafted and distributed press releases and fact sheets and managed two interns who pounded the pavement to make the project gel.
During winter 2012 I completed a copywriting project for Consilio Business Managers, a Boise-based business consultant. The beautifully-designed 18-page report was a staff analysis commissioned by a regional law firm. The report seeks to deliver clarity to the team’s strengths and motivational triggers using analysis and team recommendations on how to adjust team dynamics as the business matures.
The report introduction follows:
It goes without saying that any company is comprised of the people inherent to the organization. Each person is a valuable and constructive piece of the whole, and each person’s strengths lend to the overall strength and success of the company. When strengths are nurtured a business thrives because of the diversity of intellectual and emotional skills at work. Strengths are the multi-colored threads that weave together to form a sturdy tapestry on which a company’s work is built.
When a business’s culture is stitched from a strength based philosophy, its work becomes more efficient and more effective. Staff engagement increases six-fold, and that translates into sustained client relationships, high-quality product delivery, a vibrant and constructive ethos and reduced staff turnover. With the cost of hiring and training a team member between two to five times their salary, the benefits of a strength based approach using existing staff ’s intrinsic assets are conclusive.