A passionate reader of both landscape and literature, Joe has been a writer, farmer, mechanic, bicycle fabricator, pedicab driver, guide, gardener, and teacher. After earning a degree in Creative Writing from the University of Montana in 2008, Joe took time to work and travel, circumnavigating the United States on his bicycle and living and teaching abroad in Mexico, Czech Republic, and Slovakia. In March of 2017 Joe earned an M. Ed. in Environmental Education from Western Washington University, focusing on citizen science, ecological identity, and transformative inquiry. Joe’s current focus is on decolonization work, finding ways to be a naturalized, rather than invasive, species by connecting people with ecosystems through experiential education. He firmly believes that we must live like we’re going to stay awhile. Joe now lives and works in Bellingham, WA, the region of his birth.