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H. Emerson Blake
Editor-in-Chief/Executive Director

Chip has served as Editor-in-Chief of Orion and Executive Director of The Orion Society since 2005. Previously he was Editor-in-Chief of Milkweed Editions, a nonprofit book publisher. Work he has edited has been nominated for or won the Pushcart Prize, the PEN Literary Award, the John Oakes Award in Environmental Journalism, the John Burroughs Medal, the Minnesota Book Award, the Oregon Book Award, and has been selected for inclusion in Best American Essays and as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. He is a judge for a number of literary awards and has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts.

Andrew D. Blechman
Managing Editor

Andrew is an award-winning journalist and alumnus of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, who has been a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, the Des Moines Register, and ABC News. His work has appeared in Smithsonian, The Atlantic, the New York Times, and the International Herald Tribune. His books, Pigeons: The Fascinating Saga of the World’s Most Revered and Reviled Bird; and Leisureville: Adventures in a World without Children have been widely praised and featured on National Public Radio and CBS Sunday Morning. Andrew is a Selectman in Orion’s hometown of Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

Madeline Cantwell
Managing Director

Before coming to Orion, Madeline worked as a fundraiser for public radio and for several small nonprofits in midcoast Maine. She has a background in sustainable development and food security and is an active volunteer with the Common Ground Country Fair. She currently serves on the board of Equity Trust, which promotes equitable and sustainable approaches to land ownership, particularly in the areas of agriculture and affordable housing. She started at Orion as Director of Development in 2007 and became Managing Director in 2010. Madeline is an avid gardener, and has been reading Orion since her teens.

Karen Gagne
Office Manager

Karen is a graduate of Westfield State College. She has worked for Orion since 1995 and currently holds the title of Office Manager. She is the mother of one daughter and volunteers her time as an EMT with the local ambulance squad.

Scott Gast
Assistant Editor

Scott, a graduate of Allegheny College, has worked with the City of Chicago’s Department of Environment, The Nature Conservancy, and YES! magazine. He grew up in Chicago, Illinois, and came to Orion in 2008.

Kristen Hewitt
Assistant Editor

After graduating from Bates College in 2009 where Kristen studied creative writing and Japanese, she went on to study narrative journalism at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine. In addition to writing freelance articles for the Farmers’ Almanac, New York Art Beat, and Americans for Informed Democracy, she has worked as an editorial assistant for the magazine, ecopoetics. She came to Orion as an intern in 2010.

Erik Hoffner
Outreach Coordinator

In addition to coordinating Orion‘s outreach programs, Erik is a freelance photojournalist and a contributing writer for He serves on the board of Recycled Fish and also of Co-op Power and Northeast Biodiesel, two community-owned renewable energy businesses in the northeastern U.S. Erik’s work as a photographer appears in Orion and other journals, and he is an exhibiting member of the Vermont Center for Photography in Brattleboro, VT.

Chris Nye
Development Officer

A professor and then college administrator for many years, Chris instituted programs in place-based education and service learning. A published poet, he holds a Ph.D. in American Studies. He serves as Vice President of the Myrin Institute and unofficial steward of its nature preserve.

Jennifer Sahn

Jennifer has been on the magazine’s editorial staff for twenty years. Articles she has edited have won the John Burroughs Essay Award, the Pushcart Prize, and have been reprinted in the Best American Science and Nature Writing, Best American Nonrequired Reading, Best Spiritual Writing, and Best Creative Nonfiction. Her writing has been published in a variety of print venues and she has served as the editor for several book projects. Jennifer is a board member of BerkShares Inc., a local currency project, and sits on the advisory board of the University Press of Kentucky’s Culture of the Land series. She lives in South Egremont, Massachussetts, with her husband, Nick Thielker, and their son Henry.

Orion is also made possible with the assistance of:
Circulation: John Brink, Greylock Media
Design & Production: Impress, Inc.
Studio Director: Hans Teensma
Design Director: Pam Glaven