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Recent Publications, Galleries, & Doings


Art, Conviviality & Snacks

Pete & Em's Annual Open Studio Gathering

For more information, visit the Vernon Streeet Studio site

Consider the Oyster Series

at the Left Bank Gallery, Wellfleet

Archival prints of my oyster photographs are on exhibit at the Left Bank Gallery in Wellfleet.

Click on the oysters to see larger views:



The Constant Gardener

A Journey to Sweden and the Home of Linnaeus,

Published in The Atlantic, March 2007

The Swedish Way 

Multimedia piece on travels in Sweden

Published on the Atlantic Online, March 2007

Telling True Stories

A Nonfiction Writers' Guide

Edited by Mark Kramer & Wendy Call

Plume Books & The Nieman Foundation

Inspiring stories and refreshingly candid advice

from journalists and essayists, including:

       Nicholas Lemann on Weaving Story & Idea

       Tracy Kidder on Field Notes and Drafts

       Me on Prose Style

Home Ground

Language for an American Landscape

Edited by Barry Lopez and Debra Gwartney

Trinity University Press

A book of writerly and accurate definitions of the land and water features of the American continent. I was honored to be involved in writing this historic book, whose entries reveal the vast and storied particulars of our continent — from the dreen tides of New England to the pingos of Alaska. 

          "Tiny essays in the guise of definitions...

            a way of reclaiming the language."

           —New York Times





Less new, yet still very nice news

Hiestand's "Hymn" wins National Magazine Award

This essay, a tribute to the wisdom and community of anurban black church, was first published in The Atlantic Monthly.

The Good City—15 Great Writers on Boston

Edited by Emily Hiestand & Ande Zellman

Beacon Press 2004

A soulful collection of essays sponsored by The Boston Foundation and presented as a gift from the City of Boston to the delegates at the Democratic National Convention.

Ebb Tide Editions

Ebb Tide Editions, an independent press in Boston's Back Bay, publishes books, and artworks. Our premiere book is Barbara Hindley's novel, Grace—an urban fable about the promise of America.