I love writing and sharing the wonders of the universe through words and images. I decided to become an astronomer after reading Carl Sagan’s inspiring book, The Cosmic Connection, when I was in high school, so I know the impact a book can have on someone’s life.
I’m especially fascinated by the interplay between science and culture. As Maria Mitchell, America’s first woman astronomer, said, “We especially need imagination in science. It is not all mathematics nor all logic, but it is somewhat beauty and poetry.” It’s a philosophy that I embrace wholeheartedly.
My essays have been published by The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, Scientific American, Discover magazine, Astronomy magazine and more. I’m a member of the National Association of Science Writers in the United States.
I’ve also written two books, most recently A Sky Wonderful with Stars: 50 Years of Modern Astronomy on Maunakea, published by University of Hawaii Press.
I’m a voracious reader. I’m especially fond of thought-provoking literature and creative non-fiction, and enjoy writers such as Albert Camus, Alan Watts, Richard Ford, John Burroughs, Édouard Levé and other thinkers who ponder life’s big questions. I like poetry too (Mary Oliver, Sylvia Plath, Robert Frost, others) as well as ‘flash’ or ‘micro’ fiction and other fragmentary literature. A writer’s ability to create an emotional impact in just a few words can be a thing of beauty.
I’m currently working on two new books, so stay tuned!