Tara Rae Miner grew up in a small logging town in the foothills of the Oregon Cascades, where she first fell in love with wild rivers, trees, mountains, and critters. This allegiance, plus her literary leanings, eventually launched her into a career built on words often but not always about the environment. For the past decade and a half, she has written for and edited at several print and online publications; appeared on panels at environmental, journalism, and booksellers’ conferences and gatherings; and served as a judge for the Reed Environmental Writing Award. She was managing editor at Orion magazine, where work that she edited won a Pushcart Prize and was reprinted in Best Creative Nonfiction. Other recent work she’s edited was reprinted in Best American Science and Nature Writing and nominated for an Oregon Book Award.