I’m a writer and book editor living in New York City, where you’ll also find me zooming around on bike, surfing at Rockaway Beach, and brewing up music with synths, keys, found sounds & voice.
My book Free the Land will be published in the US & Canada in June 2024 by St. Martin’s Press. It's about how the commodification of land—treating land primarily as a source of profit—is driving racial injustice, inequality, environmental degradation and the climate crisis in America.
My essays and journalism have appeared in the New York Times, Harper’s, Guardian, New Yorker and The Nation. I’m also the editor of The World We Need: Stories and Lessons from America’s Unsung Environmental Movement, a 2021 anthology that Bill McKibben called “a truly important book.”
For nearly a decade, I was an editor at Verso Books, working on journalistic titles like Leta Hong Fincher’s Betraying Big Brother: The Feminist Awakening in China; popular scholarship like Nick Estes’ award-winning Our History Is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance; and polemical books like the Jacobin series. You can hire me to develop and edit your non-fiction manuscript, draft your book proposal, or ghostwrite your book.
From 2021-23, I was a Visiting Scholar at the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University, and in 2022, I was a Macdowell fellow. Previously, I worked as a Chinese-to-English translator, including a portion of Wang Hui's The End of the Revolution: China and the Limits of Modernity. I made music as half of Odd Rumblings (Public Information), and was a co-producer & co-host of the Asia Pacific Forum on WBAI 99.9 FM in NYC.
I’m originally from Calgary, Canada.