is a writer, filmmaker, teacher and creative consultant. His work regularly appears in National Geographic magazine, and he's a contributing editor with The Virginia Quarterly Review and The American Scholar. His recent creative clients have included Instagram, Atlantic Re:Think, Cathay Pacific Airways, and Market Road Films. He teaches at Sewanee, the University of the South, and at Boston University.
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New short story coming in the spring issue of the Virginia Quarterly Review. On newsstands now.
In a cave called Sarawak the swiftlets would drop out of the darkness and visit. Who knows why they came, but our headlamps attracted them and so did the candles we burned in camp. They’d land on our shoulders, or we’d find them clinging to wet t-shirts and socks, anything we’d strung up on a line. The birds were never worried, always calm. Some subterranean understanding.