Orion Staff

  Kerri Arsenault | Reviews Editor 

Kerri is a contributing editor at LitHub, and teaches nonfiction in The Master of Arts program in Writing and Oral Traditions at the Graduate Institute in Bethany, CT. She received her MFA in creative writing from the New School and her BA from Beloit College. Her book, Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains, publishes September 1, 2020 from St. Martin’s Press.


  Greenlee Brown | Database Assistant

Greenlee Brown has a BA and MA in English from Wells College and SUNY Buffalo, and is in the process of earning an MSW from the Smith College School for Social Work. They have a background in teaching and community organizing, working with trans youth, polyamorous folks, and in sex education.

  Christopher Cox | Editor-at-Large

Christopher is the former editor of Harper’s Magazine and a former senior editor of The Paris Review. Work that he has edited has won the National Magazine Award, the PEN Literary Award for Journalism, an Overseas Press Club award, and has been included in several Best American collections. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia, graduated from Harvard in 2002, and earned a master’s degree from the University of Cambridge in 2004. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and daughter.

  Camille T. Dungy | Poetry Editor

Camille is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Trophic Cascade, and the essay collection Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood and History. She has edited or co-edited anthologies including Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry and the From the Fishouse poetry anthology. Her honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, NEA Fellowships in poetry and prose, and an American Book Award. She lives in Colorado with her husband and daughter, where she is a University Distinguished Professor at Colorado State University. Photo: Beowulf Sheehan

  Ricky Green | Database Manager

Ricky brings a wide array of skills to Orion, having worked as an English instructor in Turkey, Germany, and Japan, an artisanal baker in the Hudson Valley, a community organizer in Nebraska and Colorado, and a rock climber exploring the boulders wherever he finds himself. But his principal skills relate to computers and data analysis and management. He holds a BA in philosophy with a BS in neuroscience from Duke University.

  Tracie Butler-Kurth | Individual Giving Coordinator

Tracie has a substantial background in development, having worked in fundraising positions at Smith College, Hampshire College, the Loomis Chaffee School, and Community Involved in Sustained Agriculture. She earned a philosophy degree from Gustavus Adolphus College. She enjoys good food, local microbrews, and spending time with her family (including her mini-schnauzer Boston). A transplant from rural Minnesota, she lives in Easthampton, Massachusetts.


  Heather McElwain | Copyeditor

Heather is a freelance editor, essayist, poet, and explorer. In addition to Orion, she also edits for National Geographic Books and several other independent and university presses. She has edited for a man who walked on the moon, a woman who studies the deepest oceans, and all sorts of folks and topics between. Her writing has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. She lives in northern Idaho.


Madeline Miller | Strategic Director

Madeline has a degree in sustainable development and ecofeminism from Evergreen and studied environmental literature at Vermont College. She started at Orion as director of development in 2007 and became strategic director in 2016. Projects she has developed in her time at Orion include a special section on prison writing (2015); the Reimagining Infrastructure series (2013-2015), and most recently, Earthly Love (2020). She lives in Greenfield, Massachusetts, with her family.



Tara Rae Miner | Managing Editor

Tara first joined Orion as assistant editor in 2005. Writing that she has edited won a Pushcart Prize and was reprinted in The Best Creative Nonfiction and The Best American Science and Nature Writing. Tara has written for High Country News and Oregon Humanities, among others, and is the author of Your Green Abode: A Practical Guide to a Sustainable Home. She holds a masters degree in environmental studies from the University of Montana and lives and works in Portland, Oregon, with her family.


  Aimee Nezhukumatathil | Poetry Editor

Aimee is a professor of English in the University of Mississippi’s MFA program. Her newest collection of poems is Oceanic, winner of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for poetry (Copper Canyon Press, 2018). With Ross Gay, she co-wrote the chapbook, Lace & Pyrite, a collaboration of nature poems. She is also the author of a forthcoming book of illustrated nature essays, World of Wonders, from Milkweed Editions in 2020.

    Christopher Nye | Interim Executive Director

Chris was involved in getting the magazine started back in 1982, when it was called Orion Nature Quarterly. A professor and then college administrator for many years, he instituted programs in place-based education and service learning. A published poet, he holds a PhD in American Studies. He is vice president of the Myrin Institute, is the unofficial steward of its nature preserve, and has served in various capacities at Orion, including board chair.

  Sumanth Prabhaker | Editor

Sumanth is the founder of two nonprofit literary organizations: Madras Press, a charitable publisher whose catalog includes work by Aimee Bender, Donald Barthelme, Lydia Davis, and David Foster Wallace; and Migrant Books, a pop-up bookstore for international children’s literature. He holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where he was an editor for Ecotone.

  Hans Teensma | Designer

Hans and his team have designed Orion since 1998. He is proprietor and publication principal of Impress, a studio specializing in book and magazine design. He launched Outside, co-art directed Rolling Stone, launched Rocky Mountain Magazine and New England Monthly. All of these magazines won the National Magazine Award for General Excellence during his tenure. He was the founding art director of Family Fun, Wondertime, Getaways, Eating Well, and Disney Magazine. Hans has designed more than a hundred pictorial books for his imprint and large publishers including Abrams, Chronicle, Penguin, and Disney Animation Studios in collaboration with Pixar.

  Nicholas Triolo | Digital Strategist

Nicholas is a writer, educator, and long-distance runner. He holds a masters degree in environmental studies from the University of Montana, where he was senior editor for Camas Magazine. He is former associate director for the Todos Santos Writing Workshop and co-facilitator for the Freeflow Wilderness Writing Institute. His writing, films, and photography have been featured in Orion, Terrain.org, Best American Poetry Blog, Juxtaprose, Trail Runner, and others.

  Helen Whybrow | Editor-at-Large

Helen is a freelance writer, editor, organic farmer, and co-founder of a national nonprofit that supports transformative leadership and movement-building for justice and the environment. She is the creator of two books, Dead Reckoning (W. W. Norton, 2001) and A Man Apart (Chelsea Green, 2015). She studied literature at Amherst College and has a masters in journalism from Harvard. She lives, farms, and provides refuge with her family in Waitsfield, Vermont.

  Kathleen Yale | Special Projects Editor

Katie is the author of the award-winning children’s book, Howl Like a Wolf! which combines ecology, animal behavior, and imagination to engage children in creative play. She’s a former scriptwriter for the educational programs SciShow and Crash Course, and prior to that worked as a wildlife field biologist. She holds an MS in environmental studies from the University of Montana and lives outside of Glacier National Park, with her family.

Business Manager: Karen Gagne
Proofreader: Amanda Elkin
Bookreader: Gregory Lauzon
Editorial Intern: Clare O’Gara