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 the essay "Summer Solstice," for example, which chronicles a summer's
longest day spent in the shadow of Denali, I describe the mountain in the first
paragraph as "a massive peak as old as the rivers and deeply scarred, with a
scattering of ...
Charles Bowden did this, for example, in his book Frog Mountain Blues, which is
devoted to the Santa Catalina Mountains north of Tucson, Arizona. Bowden
focuses an entire essay on Buster Bailey, a curmudgeon who lives in the foothills
Research a particular river, forest, mountain, or landform in your home region
and write an essay that places it in a historical as well as a biological context. For
example, if you live in Denver you could write an essay on Longs Peak, located