With a BA in Psychology, an MS in Environmental Biology, a certificate of completion from massage school, a year in Wilderness Awareness School’s Anake Outdoor School, an MFA, and a multi-page resume comprising jobs in nine states, I am in every sense of the phrase all over the place. Yet there are common threads running through these experiences. As a naturalist and ecologist I seek to observe, connect with, and learn as much as I can about the diverse and complex natural environments I’ve explored. As a student of psychology, holistic healing, and environmental education I am intensely interested in what drives others of my kind to make their own meaningful connections in the world. Writing is the best way I’ve found to make sense of it all, or at least to formulate the questions.
Nature writing, especially personal essay and memoir featuring the natural world, is the first writing I fell in love with. Even now, upon entering a bookstore I tend to head straight for the “Nature” section, if one exists, to seek out the nonfiction that goes beyond straight ecology and deals with personal, intimate connections with the outside world. Those are the books that speak to me, that inspire and ground me, that contain what I’ve found most meaningful in my life. Those are the authors I feel I most understand, and who I feel understand me. Anyone who feels kinship with nature is my kin too. In my own wild adventures I’ve always kept journals of my observations and questions. As is the case with many nature writers, my formal writing grew out of those humble notebook scribbles.