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.

 Editorial Staff

Deanna Witman, Managing Editor

Deanna Witman, Managing Editor


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, Art Editor

Ben Potter, Art Editor


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 Spartz, Editor

James Spartz, Editor


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.



Brandon Hoeckel, Student Editor


Brandon Hoeckel is a student of Unity college. He majors in both Environmental Writing and Media Studies and Sustainable Agriculture. While studying is his primary concern, in his free time he enjoys writing fiction and playing the ukulele.




Raina Sciochetti, Student Editor

Raina Sciocchetti
is an Environmental Writing and Media Studies major at Unity College. When she isn’t writing, studying or interning at far too many places at once, she enjoys taking trash can portraits and talking about ants.







 Past Volumes

Hawk and Handsaw Journal, Volume 6 (2013)

Volume no. 6 (2013)

Hawk and Handsaw, Volume no. 5

Volume no. 5 (2012)


Volume no. 4 (2011)


Volume no. 3 (2010)

Hawk and Handsaw Cover Volume 2

Volume no. 2 (2009)

Volume no. 1 (2008)