American Nature Writing: 2003: Celebrating Emerging Women Nature Writers


In an anniversary edition devoted entirely to women writers, American Nature Writing 2003 gathers a varied collection of original and previously published writings that span many environments.
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In an anniversary edition devoted entirely to women writers, American Nature Writing 2003 gathers a varied collection of original and previously published writings that span many environments.
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John A. Murray is a distinguished nature writer, editor, and photographer. He is the founding editor of the American Nature Writing series of which this is the 10th edition. As Murray states in the Introduction, the series "is dedicated to featuring some of the best in contemporary nature writing, and this has included works of creative nonfiction, fiction, and lyric poetry." Most of the writers here, young and unknown to readers, have been selected because Murray believes that "their work provides a glimpse into the future of American literature, and to nurture their careers, for nature will need all the help she can get in this challenging new century." The work of 17 writers is featured as well as one essay by the editor himself. These writers bring their diverse experiences of nature to the reader in compelling ways. Here are a few examples. Verna Johnston marvels at California's majestic redwoods that have the remarkable ability "to sprout new stems and roots from burned, cut, or blown-down trunks." Christine A. Peterson takes the reader with her as she uses radio telemetry to track the movements of big-eared and pallid bats. As October arrives, her experiences "keep [her] bat-dreaming through the winter months." In "Song of the Land," Chinle Miller ponders the relationship of language to our experience of nature, noting that half of the 6,700 languages spoken around the world today are "dying or at risk." Penelope Grenoble O'Malley questions her life "in gas-guzzling, land-grabbing Southern California" and considers moving to Montana where she "might recover from the wounds" of living in the city. Leigh Calvez writes of her adventurous trip to Princess Royal Island in BritishColumbia to see the rare white black bear. In the last moments before radio communication would be lost, she learned of the devastating events of September 11, 2001. Her sense of grief was tempered by her awe of nature. She writes, "In Cornwall Inlet, I understood the value of the wilderness as 'Mother,' as giver and sustainer of spirit, on the day the earth saved me." All of these essays are written with precision and with passion. Together they provide ample evidence of the quality of nature writing in America today. These writers think deeply about themselves and their relationship to nature and clearly help their readers follow the same path toward awareness, appreciation, and understanding. KLIATT Codes: SA;Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2003, Fulcrum, 222p., Pucci
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555913533
  • Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/11/2003
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

John A. Murray has published more than 40 books, including Cinema Southwest, the winner of the Southwest Book Award, and Mythmakers of the West: Shaping America's Imagination. The editor of numerous nature anthologies, such as Out Among the Wolves, The Great Bear, and Fulcrum's Nature's New Voices.
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