Hawk & Handsaw publishes thought-provoking written and visual art that interprets and redefines notions of sustainability. The Journal of Creative Sustainability, Hawk & Handsaw is a publication from Unity College, America’s Environmental College.
Deanna Witman is an Assistant Professor in the School of Environmental Citizenship teaching photography and all-things digital media and storytelling at Unity College. Her art practice is interdisciplinary and involves themes of ephemerality, and biology- consequences of both her art and scientific trainings and curious nature. Deanna is an award-winning artist-educator exhibiting internationally. Prior to her focus teaching and creating, she worked as a field biologist focusing on community assessments, wildlife, and plants. Her creative work can be viewed at www.dmwitman.com.
Ben Potter was born in 1970 and grew up in Tennessee. He majored in Art and Biology at Williams College. He received his M.F.A. in Painting and Drawing from the California College of Arts in 1998. He taught at several Vermont colleges and Ripon College in Wisconsin before moving to Unity College in Maine, where he is a professor of art. His art practice stems from his interdisciplinary background, and uses subjects drawn primarily from the sciences as the basis for his formal and conceptual investigation. His work can be seen at www.benpotterstudio.com Ben has exhibited widely in the United States and Europe.
James T. Spartz is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Communication at Unity College. His research interests include topics in communication studies and environmental humanities, including use of new and traditional media, public opinion, perceptions of land use, social norms, and the role of place in environmental advocacy. James holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Department of Life Sciences Communication. He also holds an M.A. from the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. Prior to graduate school James served as a worker/owner at an organic whole grains bakery cooperative, hardware store sales associate, and performing songwriter.
Zach Falcon was born and raised in Alaska. A graduate of Columbia, the University of Michigan Law School, and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he is the author of Cabin, Clearing, Forest, a fiction collection published by the University of Alaska Press. He currently teaches courses in the School of Biodiversity Conservation at Unity College.
Joshua Kercsmar is Assistant Professor of Environmental Humanities teaching history and writing. His research asks a single question: “How do the ways we interact with nature influence how we treat each other?” His current book project explores how planters’ management of slaves and livestock overlapped in Virginia, South Carolina, and the Caribbean from 1550 to 1834. Josh earned his Ph.D. in history from the University of Notre Dame, Master’s degrees from Harvard Divinity School and Gordon-Conwell Seminary, and a B.A. from Wheaton College (IL). He has also worked as a commercial fisherman, carpenter, and architectural draftsman.
Brandon Hoeckel is a student of unity college. He is a double major in environmental writing and media and sustainable agriculture. While studying is his primary concern, in his free time he enjoys writing fiction and playing the ukulele.