H. Emerson Blake is the editor-in-chief of Orion and the former editor-in-chief of Milkweed editions. Articles and books he has edited have been nominated for or won the Pushcart Prize, the PEN Literary Award, the John Oakes Award in Environmental Journalism, the John Burroughs Medal, and the National Magazine Award and have been selected for inclusion in Best American Essays, Best American Science and Nature Writing, and The New York Times Notable Books of the Year.
H. Emerson Blake
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