The Sierra Club Nature Writing Handbook: A Creative Guide
This newest volume in the Sierra Club's acclaimed The series includes autobiographical writings, essays, short stories, and poetry that communicate a passion for nature which enhances our appreciation of a wide range of landscapes and wildlife. Diverse in mood and setting, the nineteen selections, including seven in print for the first time, represent the best of the genre.
Readers will delight in Chip Rawlins's memoir of life in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming, Dan O'Brien's tale of falconry on the Great Plains, David Rains Wallace's exploration of the Darien, Barry Lopez's essay on the coral reefs of the Caribbean island of Bonaire, and Marybeth Holleman's evocative essay on St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea.
Other contributors are Rick Bass, SueEllen Campbell, Lisa Couturier, John Daniel, Jan Grover, Penny Harter, Adele Ne Jame, Homer Kizer, W. S. Merwin, David Petersen, April N. Rieveschl, Alianor True, Louise Wagenknecht, and Terry Tempest Williams.
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In order to help get you started, here is an excerpt from a description I wrote in
Wildlife in Peril of a river otter living in Rocky Mountain National Park, told from
the animal's point-of-view: He swam in a slow and easy motion, with strong
For example, if you live in Denver you could write an essay on Longs Peak,
located in Rocky Mountain National Park and named for Major Long, who
conducted an 1819-1820 expedition to the headwaters of the Platte and
Similarly, in the Far West, any of the large national parks would provide an
excellent location for this exercise. In Arches National Park, for example, you
could read Edward Abbey's Desert Solitaire, in Yellowstone you could read the ...