Van Van Cleave

location-pin Oakland, CA

School: Brown University, BA in English and Literary Arts

Expertise: Environmental news, politics, sustainable home solutions, gardening, house plants, home design, home decor, arts and crafts

Van Van Cleave

  • Graduated summa cum laude from Brown and Oxford
  • Edited over 100 adult nonfiction titles
  • Wrote over 130 articles for FHM


Van Van Cleave (they/them) is a California-based journalist, environmentalist, and artist. A graduate of Brown and Oxford Universities, they specialize in environmental news coverage and sustainable home and garden solutions. When they're not writing, they are typically tending to their plants or experimenting with home design trends.


Study abroad workshop program with Oxford University for English Language and Literature

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