Brooke Jarvis is a freelance magazine journalist who lives in Seattle. She’s a contributing writer to The California Magazine (look for it with the LA Times, Sacramento Bee, and San Francisco Chronicle) and has also written for The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s Magazine, Pacific Standard, Audubon, MATTER, Seattle Met Magazine, and many others. Her story “Homeward,” about the leaders of a small village in the Ecuadorian Amazon sending their children away in the face of oil development and colonization, was a 2016 finalist for the Livingston Award in International Reporting. Her story “The Deepest Dig,” about the world’s first deep-sea mine, in Papua New Guinea, was included in The Best American Science and Nature Writing (Houghton-Mifflin, 2015). “When We Are Called to Part,” about the final days of a leprosy settlement in Hawaii, is anthologized in the forthcoming Love and Ruin (Norton, 2016). “Collapse,” a story about a deadly landslide in Washington state, won first place for general magazine reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists, northwest chapter. Her work has been supported by the Alicia Patterson Foundation and the Middlebury Fellowship in Environmental Journalism. She studied literature at the University of Richmond and grew up in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee.
Brooke will spend her time as a recipient of the Award reporting on membership disputes within Native American tribes and the complicated questions about sovereignty and identity that they raise.