Coming of Age at the End of Nature

Coming of Age at the End of Nature

News

I have an essay that has just been published in this neat anthology, Coming of Age at the End of Nature: A Generation Faces Living on a Changed Planet, which is edited by Julie Dunlap and Susan Cohen. The collection answers the question: what is it like to be a young adult (born between 1980-2000), growing up … Read More

Adventure along the Lewis and Clark Trail

Adventure along the Lewis and Clark Trail

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The Reading and Writing the Landscape class just returned from two weeks camping across Montana. We visited several national parks and monuments, as well as Lewis and Clark historical sites and dinosaur dig camps. Here are some photo highlights of our adventure!  

Ten Reasons Not to Date an Essayist

Ten Reasons Not to Date an Essayist

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1. The essayist will take pride in neuroses. He will go on an on about the joy of scratching his ear with a pencil or brag about how long he hasn’t driven a car. 2. Everyday outings, such as going to the grocery store, will become overwhelming adventures. Huge adventures, like swimming with whale sharks … Read More

Writing Horoscopes

Writing Horoscopes

Freewriting, On Writing

Cancer (June 22 – July 22) Set aside some time this week to watch people at the park, the café, or the doctor’s office waiting room. Go wherever your current tale is set. Pay attention to the movements, appearances, and conversations that make these people real. “When writing a novel a writer should create living … Read More

Binge Storytelling and the Brain

Binge Storytelling and the Brain

Esc

Summer is here and I am not on contract. Between exhausting bouts of research and even more exhausting bouts of socializing for the first time since last summer, I have been binging. One evening each weekend, some friends and I have been watching four, sometimes five, hours of Game of Thrones. After I walk home … Read More

Stopping by the foothills on a sunny morning

Stopping by the foothills on a sunny morning

Freewriting

Whose trails these are I think I know. His house is in the gated village though; he will not see me stopping here to watch these hills cast long shadows. My dog must think it queer to stop without a cafe near between the cactus and juniper tree the sunniest morning of the year He … Read More

Great Press for “Recorded Lightning”

Great Press for “Recorded Lightning”

On Writing

Issue #58 of Creative Nonfiction is out, and the weather-themed issue features an essay of mine about lightning. You can read an interview about the piece here. In it, Rachel Ann Brickner and I discuss revision, form versus function, and how place makes us human. Also, here is a review of the essay at Essay … Read More

On the Endangered List: Nature Vocabulary

On the Endangered List: Nature Vocabulary

On Writing

A friend just passed me an article about Oxford Dictionary’s decision to replace “nature words” with “technology words” to save space in their Junior Oxford Dictionary. So, if a word-curious adolescent wanted to look what a lark or a lobster was, or to understand the difference between alfalfa, hay, and straw, they could no longer … Read More