Hi, and thanks for stopping by my site. My name is Daniel Person and I like to write about what's going on in the West. Born and raised on the rim of Last Chance Gulch in Helena, Montana, I've taken my mail in Hardin, Bozeman, Missoula, Spokane, Grand Coulee, Seattle and Anchorage. For the last 13 years of my journeys, I've published articles about what I've seen and who I've met, most recently via my current role as news editor at Seattle Weekly.
If you haven't already done so, please take a look at my portfolio, where I've shared stories that I feel speak to what fascinates me about our region. You can also swing by my blog to read my thoughts on what I've been reading, where I've been hiking and what I've seen happening around whatever fork of the river I happen to be up at any given time.
On August 18, 2012, I married my best friend Tara Olson in her backyard. On the same day, with the help of my father and my soon-to-be father-in-law, I roasted a pig for the first time in my life and none of the guests got trichinosis. I count both these accomplishments as some of the greatest of my life. Tara is a resident physician at Tacoma Family Medicine. She once beat me at cribbage 14 times in a row. We have no children/dogs.
When I'm not getting paid to write, I like to not get paid to write. My hard-drive contains a 70,000 word novel and a dozen short stories, none of which have even come close to being published. I also enjoy trail running, getting to the very top of mountains, and baking bread. Depending on my mood, I follow the exacting bread recipes of Ken Forkish or the ever-forgiving advice of the Tassajara Bread Book (There are no mistakes. Only things you will do the same next time and things you won't.)
In the winter of 2014 I taught a journalism seminar at Lake Roosevelt High School, on the Colville Indian Reservation. You can check out the blog my students published here. In the summer of 2014, I helped chaperone a group of high school students to Trossingen, Germany. I wrote a travelogue of the trip here.