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Ph.D., English and American Literature, University of Nevada, Reno. Dissertation: “Heaven and Earth: The Integration of Faith and Science in American Nature Writing.”
M.A., English and American Literature, University of Nevada, Reno.
B.A., English, California State University, Chico.
English 90: Basic Writing.
English 154, African-American Literature
English 262, British Literature II.
English 331, Topics in Genre: Environmental Literature.
English 331, Topics in Genre: The Mystery.
English 331, Topics in Genre: Genre Fiction as Cultural Commentary.
English 352: Studies in Appalachian Literature.
“Refiguring the Angry God: An Ecocritical Reassessment of Jonathan Edwards.” Interdisciplinary Literary Studies.
“Lion Tamer” The Pacific Crest Trailside Reader.
“Nice Doggie.” Hawk and Handsaw: The Journal of Creative Sustainability.
“Clearcutting Los Angeles.” Amoskeag: The Journal of Southern New Hampshire University.
“Incident on Wheeler Road.” ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment.
“Sleeping with Scorpions.” Weather Eye.
“Too Far from the Shore.” Organization and Environment.
Literature of the West, environmental literature, folk music, westerns and mysteries
“The Story of an Assessment Plan That Failed, and What Can Be Learned from Such an Event.”
“Backyard Sustainability Studies; or, The View from a Fractured Plastic Adirondack Chair.”
“Local Colors: Porte Crayon and the Blackwater River.”
“ The Green in the Blues: The Sense of Place in 20th Century Blues Songs."
Selections from “Lonesome Polecat Road.”
“All Scattered Like Dry Leaves”: Structure and Veracity in Woody Guthrie’s “Plane Wreck at Los Gatos.”
“The Playing’s the Thing: A Musical Interpretation of ‘Plane Wreck at Los Gatos.’”
“If Nature Writing is Really Dead, Who Killed It, and Where’s the Body?”
“Notes Toward a Radical Re-envisioning of Basic Writing.”
“Sportsmans Chevron and Other Poems.”
“Jasper; An Absolutely Completely True Story About the Biggest Fish Ever.”
“Locustalgia; or, Home Sweet Missing Home.”
“The Summer of the Water Balloons.”
“The End of Good Writing.”
“Redemption and Community in the Not-Quite West: Walter Mosley’s Socrates Fortlow as a Western Not-Quite Hero.”
“’Beneath the Page’: Submerged Eco-Narrative in Rick Bass’s The Hermit’s Story.”
“’Almost Level’: The Effect of Mountaintop Removal on the Sense of Place in Southern West Virginia.”
“Alison Hawthorne Deming.” Twentieth-Century American Nature Poets. Dictionary of Literary Biography, vol. 342. Eds. J. Scott Bryson and Roger Thompson. Detroit: Gale, 2008. 342. 72-78.
“An Oblique Prophecy: A Re-Examination of Liberty Hyde Bailey’s This Holy Earth.” Writing the Land: John Burroughs and his Legacy. Ed. Daniel J. Payne. London: Cambridge Scholars P, 2008. 140-147.
"Chet Raymo, Stargazer." Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature. Eds. Bron Taylor and Jeffrey Kaplan. London: Continuum International P, 2005. 1349.
“Integrating Science and Faith: Terry Tempest Williams and the Erotics of Place.” Surveying the Literary Landscapes of Terry Tempest Williams: New Critical Essays. Eds. Melissa Goldthwait and Katherine Chandler. Salt Lake City: U. of Utah P, 2003. 177-194.
"Rick Bass." American Nature Writing, Prose. Dictionary of Literary Biography, vol. 275. Eds. Roger Thompson and J. Scott Bryson. Bruccoli Clark Layman, 2003. 29-38.
“‘How to Love this World’: The Transpersonal Wild in Margaret Atwood’s Nature Poetry.” Kiss the Earth Again: A Critical Introduction to Environmental Poetry. Ed. J. Scott Bryson. U of Utah P, 2002. 232-244.
“Witnessing to the Wild: Rick Bass and the Advocacy of Wonder.” The Literary Art and Activism of Rick Bass. Ed. O. Alan Weltzien. U of Utah P, 2001. 102-121.
In my other life, I am a songwriter and folk music performer. I’m a long-time member of two folk music organizations; I find that playing guitar and mandolin refreshes and restores me .