I grew up in a small New Jersey town on the Delaware River just up from where Washington crossed on Christmas Eve. After stints in Colorado, Washington, and Ohio, I moved to Radford, Virginia, for a position in the English Department at Radford University and have stayed for the clean waterways and lovely mountains.
I am the author of Surveying the Interior: Literary Cartographers and the Sense of Place (2003), A Natural Sense of Wonder: Connecting Kids with Nature through the Seasons (2008), and Sudden Spring: Stories of Adaptation in a Climate-Changed South (2019).
My work has been anthologized in Teaching the Literature of Climate Change, Teaching Hemingway in the Natural World, Coming into McPhee Country: John McPhee and the Art of Literary Nonfiction, The Greening of Literary Scholarship, Writers by the River: Reflections on 40+ Years of the Highland Summer Conference, Mountains Piled upon Mountains: New Appalachian Nature Writing, Thinking Continental: Writing Local in a Global World, and Companions to Wonder: Children and Adults Exploring Nature Together. And it has appeared in Orion, Creative Nonfiction, Terrain.org, Yes!, Blue Ridge Country, Watershed, Cold Mountain Review, and Iron Mountain Review.
I teach courses in the environmental humanities, creative nonfiction, professional writing, and American literature.