Department of English 3353
M.F.A. Creative Writing Program
1000 E. University Avenue
Laramie, WY 82071
Nature-based essays published in journals and magazines such as Orion, Ecotone, Wild Earth, High Country News, Conservation Magazine, and Quest. Author of three books of nature/spiritual essays through Skinner House and three popular science/history books: Locust: The devastating rise and mysterious disappearance of the insect that shaped the American frontier (Basic), Six-Legged Soldiers: A history of insects as weapons of war and terror (Oxford University Press), and The Infested Mind: From Entomophobia to Biophilia (Oxford). Current book projects are: Behind the Carbon Curtain: The Energy Industry, Political Censorship and Free Speech (University of New Mexico Press), and Dose Unto Others (a crime noir novel that has yet to find representation despite being awfully damn clever).
Nonfiction workshops in nature writing, religious/spiritual writing, short forms, and interstellar message composition (really!); courses in environmental justice, natural resource ethics, philosophy of wilderness, deep ecology, ecofeminism, environmental aesthetics, history and philosophy of ecology; children's writing workshops with UW Art Museum; guest lecturer for 47 courses in 20 departments; graduate committee member for 174 students in 25 departments (PhD, JD-MA, MFA, MPA, MSW, MA and MS).
Senior advisor to the Board of the Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources; Associate Editor, Journal of Orthoptera Research; Host for Wyoming Signatures (Wyoming Public Television program); Editorial Board, Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics; Master of Ceremonies for the Wyoming State Science Fair; reviewer for 51 presses and scholarly journals. Formerly the executive director of the International Orthopterists' Society and the founder/director of the Association for Applied Acridology International.
Professor of Natural Sciences and Humanities with a split appointment between the MFA program in creative writing and the department of philosophy (University of Wyoming); Faculty Member, Graduate Program in Ecology (University of Wyoming); Adjunct Professor of Natural Sciences (Science & Mathematics Teaching Center's Master of Science in Natural Science program), College of Education, University of Wyoming; artist-in-residence at Mesa Verde, Isle Royale, and Crater Lake National Parks; writer in residence at Witwatersrand University, South Africa. Formerly a fellow with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a visiting fellow with the Division of Botany & Zoology, Australian National University, and a visiting scientist with the CSIRO Division of Entomology, Canberra, Australia.
College of Arts & Sciences Extraordinary Merit in Research Award, University of Wyoming; Notable Science and Nature Writing in the Best American anthology, for the essay, “(Un)Natural Selection”; Honorable Mention by the American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence, for the book Six-Legged Soldiers; Best American Science and Nature Writing for the essay, “The Nature of Violence”; George Duke Humphrey Award, University of Wyoming; John Burroughs Award for the essay, “Voices from the past: learning from the Rocky Mountain locust” (published in Orion magazine and re-published in WildEarth); Wall of Tolerance Award (inscription), Southern Poverty Law Center, National Campaign for Tolerance (in recognition of the work done to promote tolerance during and after the murder of Matthew Shepard); Pushcart Prize for the essay, “To be Honest” (published in Orion magazine and Grasshopper Dreaming, a collection of essays from Skinner House Publishing); Award for Excellence in Internationalization, University of Wyoming; Albert Schweitzer Sermon Award, Unitarian Universalist Association; Erdős Number 6 (you’ll have to look this up on your own)
Hiking, cross-country skiing, gardening