Nationally recognized nature writer and anthologist John A. Murray has compiled his ninth volume of some of the best new nature writing by both well-known and emerging writers. The selections in this year's edition span many environments, from Glenn Vanstrum's look at the faraway wild of the arctic's Brooks Range to Penelope Grenoble O'Malley's examination of suburban life in the Santa Monica Mountains north of Los Angeles to Jill Hindle's odyssey from raucous, diverse New York City to a new home in peaceful Saxtons River, Vermont. The stories in this year's collection continue a tradition that editor John Murray has established for previous editions-these are all testimonials to the power of place, and its central hold on our lives. And they have in common a passion to witness nature in all its various strongholds, wild, urban, and in-between. As a special feature of this and forthcoming annual editions, Murray has created a William O. Douglas Nature Writing Award, given this year to New Mexican poet and essayist Penny Harter. For fellow nature writers, students and teachers, and readers who value the wisdom of landscapes, American Nature Writing: 2002 offers a satisfying journey.