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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Journals are often utilized by successful writers and thinkers as a means of
organizing experience, reflecting on life, and generating material for essays and
books. Many nature writers — William Byrd, Henry David Thoreau, John Muir,
The nature essay in the last decade of the twentieth century is a remarkably
diverse and elastic literary form. From the very beginning, writers have been most
attracted to the essay because it is so very different from other forms of writing,
If no new [writers] should arise to create afresh the [metaphoric] associations . . .
language will be dead to all the nobler purposes of human intercourse. Indeed,
part of our responsibility as writers, especially as nature writers, is to break new ...