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Marc Bekoff

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Marc Bekoff is a former professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, an ambassador for Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots program, and a member of the Ethics Committee of the Jane Goodall Institute. He and Goodall co-founded the organization Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals: Citizens for Responsible Animal Behavior Studies in 2000. He is the author of, most...

Matt Donovan

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Matt Donovan is the author of  Vellum, which won the 2006 Bakeless Prize in Poetry and the 2008 Larry Levis Reading Prize from Virginia Commonwealth University. His poems have appeared in AGNI, the American Poetry Review, the Gettysburg Review, the Kenyon Review, and Poetry, and his nonfiction has appeared in Blackbird, the Black Warrior Review, Seneca Review, Threepenny Review, and Virginia Quarterly Review, among...

Randy Fritz

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Randy Fritz is the former chief operating officer of the Texas Department of State Health Services, the state’s public and mental health agency. He helped coordinate the state’s response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and led the team that implemented the Children’s Health Insurance Program in Texas. Fritz lives in Bastrop, Texas, with his wife, Holly, and their youngest daughter, Miranda.


Robert Hass

Robert Hass’s recent books are The Apple Trees at Olema: New and Selected Poems and What Light Can Do: Essays 1985–2010. Time and Materials won the 2007 National Book Award and the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. His numerous other honors include the National Book Award and a MacArthur fellowship. He has served as U.S. poet laureate and cofounded the environmental education program River of Words. He teaches at the University of...

Cappy Lawton

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Cappy Lawton has designed, developed, and operated twenty-nine restaurants throughout Texas. After studying business and engineering at the University of Texas at Austin and having a successful career as an aeronautical designer, he entered the restaurant business. Lawton and his wife, Suzy, love food and travel and have spent many years traveling throughout Mexico. Today the Lawtons and their son, Trevor, own and...


Barry Lopez

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Barry Lopez is an essayist, author, and short-story writer and has traveled extensively in both remote and populated parts of the world. He is the author of Arctic Dreams, for which he received the National Book Award; Of Wolves and Men, a National Book Award finalist for which he received the John Burroughs and Christopher medals; and eight works of fiction, including Light Action in the Caribbean, Field...

Paul Mariani

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Paul Mariani is the author of seven poetry collections, including Epitaphs for the Journey: New, Selected, and Revised Poems and Deaths and Transfigurations. He is the author of the acclaimed biographies The Whole Harmonium: The Life of Wallace StevensGerard Manley HopkinsThe Broken Tower: A Life of Hart Crane, and Lost Puritan: A Life of Robert Lowell, all named New York Times Notable Books; Dream Song: The Life...

M. M. McAllen

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M. M. McAllen writes about the history of the Southwest and Mexico. Her other books include I Would Rather Sleep in Texas: A History of the Lower Rio Grande Valley and the People of the Santa Anita Land Grant, depicting the blending cultures against the backdrop of the Mexican-American War, the Civil War, and border upheavals; and A Brave Boy and a Good Soldier: John C. C. Hill and the Texas Expedition to Mier,  the...

Mark Menjivar

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Mark Menjivar is an artist whose work explores diverse subjects through photography, stories, and found objects while emphasizing dialogue and collaboration. His work has been shown at venues across the country, including the Houston Center for Photography, the San Antonio Museum of Art, the Wignall Museum of Art, the University of Wisconsin–­Milwaukee, Baylor University, the Southwest School of Art, and Central...

W. S. Merwin

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  W. S. Merwin is the author of more than fifty books of poetry and prose, translation, and plays. His recent collections include The Shadow of Sirius, which won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize (his second), Migration: New and Selected Poems, which won the 2005 National Book Award, and Present Company. His first book of poetry, A Mask for Janus, won the 1952 Yale Younger Poets Prize, selected by W. H. Auden. His other honors...

Donald Culross Peattie

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Donald Culross Peattie (1898–1964) was one of the most influential American nature writers of the twentieth century. Peattie was born in Chicago and grew up in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina, which sparked his interest in the immense wonders of nature. He studied at the University of Chicago and Harvard University. After working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, he decided to pursue a career as a writer....

Dale Peterson

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Translated into nine foreign languages, Dale Peterson’s books have been named Best Book of the Year by the Boston Globe, the Denver PostDiscoverThe Economist, the Globe and MailLibrary Journal, and the Village Voice. Two titles have been named Notable Books of the Year by the New York Times. Peterson is the author of the definitive biography Jane Goodall: The Woman Who Redefined Man, as well as The Moral Lives...

Louis Sarno

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Louis Sarno is a world-renowned musicologist. His remarkable life’s work includes more than 1,500 hours of recordings of the Bayaka people’s unique songs, some of which, without his documentation, would have been lost. His work is now the focus of a major documentary film. Sarno has made his home among the Ba-Benjelle Pygmies in the southwestern corner of the Central African Republic, now a part of the Dzanga-Sangha...

Bob Shacochis

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Bob Shacochis is a novelist, essayist, journalist, and educator. A former contributing editor for Harper’s and Outside, Shacochis currently teaches in the graduate writing programs at Bennington College and Florida State University. Among his works are the short story collections Easy in the Islands and The Next New World; the novel Swimming in the Volcano, a finalist for the National Book Award; Domesticity, a...


Sarah Shotland

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Sarah Shotland is the program coordinator for Words without Walls at Chatham University and is on the faculty at Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts high school. Her plays have been produced in Chicago, New Orleans, Dallas, Austin, Spain, and China. Her newest play is Cereus Moonlight, and her novel Junkette is available from White Gorilla Press. She has an MFA from Chatham University.

Annick Smith

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Annick Smith is a writer and filmmaker of Jewish-Hungarian descent whose work focuses on the literature and history of the Northern Rockies. Her books include the memoir Homestead, the Montana anthology The Last Best Place, which she edited with William Kittredge, and Big Bluestem, about Oklahoma’s tallgrass prairies. Her articles, essays, and stories have appeared in Audubon, Outside, National Geographic Traveler,...

Rebecca Solnit

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San Francisco writer Rebecca Solnit is the author of thirteen books about art, landscape, public and collective life, ecology, politics, hope, meandering, reverie, and memory. They include Men Explain Things To MeThe Faraway NearbyInfinite City: A San Francisco AtlasA Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster; Storming the Gates of Paradise; A Field Guide to Getting Lost; Hope...

Sheryl St. Germain

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A native of New Orleans, Sheryl St. Germain is the co-founder and president of the board of Words without Walls. She has taught creative writing at the University of Texas at Dallas, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Knox College, and Iowa State University. She teaches creative nonfiction and poetry and directs the MFA program in creative writing at Chatham University. Her honors include two NEA fellowships,...

Kim Stafford

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Kim Stafford has taught since 1979 at Lewis and Clark College, where he is the founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute and codirector of the documentary studies program. He also serves as the literary executor for the estate of William Stafford. He has worked as an oral historian, letterpress printer, editor, photographer, teacher, and visiting writer in communities and at colleges across the country, and...

William Stafford

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William Stafford was born in Hutchinson, Kansas, in 1914 and was a pacifist and prolific poet and writer. During his lifetime he published more than sixty-five volumes of poetry, including Traveling Through the Dark, which received the 1963 National Book Award. His many distinguished honors include the Shelley Memorial Award, a Guggenheim fellowship, and a Western States Lifetime Achievement Award in Poetry. He also...

Gerald Stern

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Gerald Stern’s recent books of poetry are In Beauty Bright, Early Collected Poems: 1965–1992, Save the Last Dance, This Time: New and Selected Poems, which won the National Book Award, Odd Mercy, and Bread without Sugar. His honors include the Award of Merit Medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Paris Review’s Bernard F. Conners Award, the Bess Hokin Award from Poetry, the Ruth Lilly Prize, four...

Peter Turchi

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Called "one of the country's foremost thinkers on the art of writing" by the Houston Chronicle, Peter Turchi's books include A Muse and a Maze: Writing as Puzzle, Mystery, and Magic, Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer; Suburban Journals: The Sketchbooks, Drawings, and Prints of Charles Ritchie, in collaboration with the artist; a novel, The Girls Next Door; and a collection of stories,...

Carter Wiseman

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Carter Wiseman is a graduate of Yale and Columbia Universities. He was architecture critic and/or editor for a number of magazines, including Newsweek, New York Magazine, Architectural Record, Interior Design, and ARTnews. He is currently a lecturer at the Yale School of Architecture, where he teaches courses focusing on architectural writing and criticism. His books include Twentieth-Century American Architecture:...