We Tell Stories

Disasters bring home this truth: we live in place. Precise locations that can flood, burn, shake, and slide (and if you live in Southern California as I do, all four are possible, imminent). Wildfires, for example, can incinerate large swaths of forests, chaparral, or grassland, but their individual burn patterns are site- and vegetation-specific. EarthquakesContinue reading “We Tell Stories”

Still Birding While Black

Hey America, Was out birding a while back, black as I am and have always been, checking out my white-crowned sparrow honey hole, absorbing one of my fave winter birds. Fully engrossed in their melancholy leftover Northwoods songs and snazzy namesake stripe-headed plumages, I wasn’t expecting to have my identity challenged as I was identifyingContinue reading “Still Birding While Black”

Kurt Caswell’s Plea for Walking

My book, Getting to Grey Owl: Journeys on Four Continents, is a collection of travel essays that celebrate a wandering life. While I love being at home, travel is one of my central tenets. When I was a boy, my father’s work with the U.S. Forest Service took our family from one place to anotherContinue reading “Kurt Caswell’s Plea for Walking”

Next Big Thing

Poet, professor, and co-editor of The Ecopoetry Anthology Ann Fisher-Wirth plays a little blog tag with us. She was tagged by the wonderful poet Sharon Dolin, and here she shares a quick Q&A about how The Ecopoetry Anthology came to be. What is your working title of your book? I’m blogging about The Ecopoetry Anthology, just released by TrinityContinue reading “Next Big Thing”