A free-lance journalist, Amanda Giracca, has been commissioned by Orion Magazine to write an article on the issue of the decline of field studies. Amanda is a Prescott College alumna, who had a dual major in environmental studies and creative writing. She now is an editor, writing teacher (at SUNY-Albany), and free-lance writer (amandagiracca.com). Her motivation for pursuing this assignment is her strong commitment to the idea of field studies (she was once a student on an Alaska field program that I taught, among others). Amanda will be present during much of the March 3-6, 2016 workshop.

—Tom Fleischner