Media & Honors



Pushcart Prize, Essay, “Dark Horse,” 2012

Notable Essayist, Best American Essays, 2011

Nature Writer of the Year, 2007, Bay Science Foundation

Notable Essayist, Best American Essays, 2006

Notable Essayist, Best American Essays, 2004

Finalist, Common Boundary Green Dove Award, 1995

Finalist, Sierra magazine Annual Nature Writing Contest, 1994

Speaking Engagements / Media

Writers Reading Series, AACC, 2015

A Kind Voice for Books, podcast interview, 2014

Writing For Your Life, Fox Haven Farm, 2013

Writers Reading Series, AACC, 2011

Sophie Kerr Lecture Series, visiting writer, Washington College, 2009

NE Modern Language Assoc., “Breaking the Line: Art of the Lyric Essay,” 2007

Rehoboth Beach Writers Conference, “The Geography of Longing,” 2007

Personal History Symposium, Keynote, “Writing With Fearlessness,” 2007

Klingenstein Family Fund Lecture Series, Barnesville School, 2007

Visiting Natural History Writer, Texas Tech University, 2006

Writing Your Life: The Memoir, visiting writer, NYU, 2005

Rehoboth Beach Writers Conference: ‘The Juxtaposition of Desire,’ & ‘Poetic Research,’ DE, 2006

Creative Nonfiction, Guest Lecturer, George Mason Univ., 2005

Writing From Experience, speaker, Leesburg, VA, 2005

Reading, Writing, Creativity, panel, Chapters Books, Washington DC, 2005

The Literary Connection, visiting writer, ‘The Writer’s Craft,’ Laramie, WY, 2005

The SATYA Interview, SATYA, 2005

The Washington Post, Style, interview/story, March 13, 2005

Washingtonian, interview/story, Feb. 2005

The Baltimore Sun, interview/story, 4.2.2005

NPR: The Dian Rehm Show, 2005

NPR: All Things Considered, 2005

NPR: Living on Earth, 2005

NPR: Allegheny Front, 2005

NPR: Around Noon, 2005

Cathedral Crossroads, National Cathedral, 2005

Conservation & Community, Lectures, National Conservation Training Center, 2005

South Street Seaport: Public Lectures, Peregrines and Falconry, NYC, 2005

Assoc. for the Study of Literature and Environment, “Junction Readers,” and “Urban Nature Roundtable,” 2005

American Philosophical Society, speaker, urban nature, Philadelphia, 2005

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden, speaker, Pittsburgh, 2005

Vultures in Our Midst, Audubon Rust Nature Sanctuary, 2005

Sacred Circles, National Cathedral, 2005

Delaware Environmental Writers’ Conference, Keynote Speaker, 2004

Books and Ideas Series, Montgomery College, 2004

Wordplay Performance Art Group, poetry, NYSCA Literature Program

Writers Writing, ‘Pieces of a Puzzle,’ PBS Documentary featured writer

Citations and Literary Criticism

“The Hopes of Snakes”

Alette Willis, Ph.D.  Dissertation:

“Restor(y)ing Our Place in the More-than-human World: A Narrative Approach to an Everyday Ethics of the Self in  Relationship to Earth Others and to Place”  2007

Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario


John Peterson, Ph.D.  Dissertation:

“Re-envisioning the City: A Narrative Analysis of Urban Nature Writing and the Los Angeles River”  2009, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California


“Dark Horse”

Aaron Moe, Ph.D.

“Animals & People: Teacher’s Guide”  2014’s_Guides/Animals_and_People_Guide.pdf


2007, Rehoboth Beach Writers Guild / Delaware Magazine Nonfiction Award

2006 Neltje Blanchan Memorial Award

2006 Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award