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, Anchorage, and, now, Tacoma. 

Me and the Harding Ice Field, near Seward, AK.

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. 

Personal data

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. 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.

Other pursuits

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 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.