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Creative Nonfiction Writer, Poet
I grew up in Connecticut. I now live in Tucson, Arizona and Grand Manan, New Brunswick, Canada. A 2015 Guggenheim Fellow, formerly Director of the University of Arizona Poetry Center, I'm Agnese Nelms Haury Chair in Environment & Social Justice and Professor of Creative Writing at UA;affiliated faculty with the UA Institute of the Environment; Senior Fellow with the Spring Creek Project, Department of Philosophy, Oregon State University; on Board of Directors for terrain.org; and a student of jazz piano. My most recent nonfiction book ZOOLOGIES: ON ANIMALS AND THE HUMAN SPIRIT was published by Milkweed Editions in 2014. A new book of poems STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN will be out from Penguin in September 2016, as will be a collaboration with photographer Stephen Strom: DEATH VALLEY: PAINTED LIGHT.
Creative Nonfiction Writer
I am an emeritus professor, returning to an earlier love – nonfiction writing. While an academic, I published over 150 papers, including two award winning journal articles, a research monograph that accelerated apartheid’s demise in South Africa, and several op-ed pieces that redirected America’s foreign policy toward South Africa. Recently, my literary nonfiction has appeared in Matter, Pilgrimage, The Superstition Review, Weber: The Contemporary West, Ars Medica, and Memoir. One essay won the Northern Colorado Writer’s 2011 nonfiction contest. I live in Colorado and Arizona, where I write of wild places and of our globally common humanity.