The World is Made at Rest

  November 2020— You may not hear much from me for the rest of the year, as I continue the difficult labor of guiding my 17-year-old hound dog Banjo to his graceful passing. It’s been a long, long journey. My essay “The Days Are Walking,” about some of my time with Banjo on this earth, came out… [ Continue Reading ]

Readings from A Literary Field Guide to Southern Appalachia

Readings from A Literary Field Guide to Southern Appalachia

November, 2019— Recently I contributed a poem to the beautiful book A Literary Field Guide to Southern Appalachia, edited by Rose McLarney and Laura-Gray Street. The book was released by UGA Press in October. Following the unique approach of The Sonoran Desert: A Literary Field Guide (eds. Eric Magrane and Christopher Cokinos), this field guide acquaints the reader with… [ Continue Reading ]

The Best American Science & Nature Writing

The Best American Science & Nature Writing

October, 2019—  It’s out! Thank you to this year’s The Best American Science and Nature Writing editor Sy Montgomery for selecting “The Fading Stars: A Constellation” for the anthology. The essay was originally published in Lapham’s Quarterly‘s Winter 2019 NIGHT issue. Thanks to my lucky stars, and to darkness.— [ Continue Reading ]

“Deep in Time” reprinted in The Utne Reader

“Deep in Time” reprinted in The Utne Reader

July, 2018— Happy to say that The Utne Reader picked up “Deep In Time,” an essay originally published in Orion magazine last summer.  Written with the support of an Artist-in-Residence stay at Guadalupe Mountains National Park, the piece was featured in Utne‘s Summer 2019 issue. It’s such a pleasure to see these words that were… [ Continue Reading ]

Remembering Merwin

March 18, 2019— W.S. Merwin, my favorite living poet, beloved to so many readers, passed away March 15, three days ago. With him I shared a love of trees, poems, & the landscapes, plants, & histories of the Hawaiian Islands. I woke the morning after his death to gray skies and opened my favorite book of… [ Continue Reading ]

“Deep In Time” out now

“Deep In Time” out now

Sep. 14, 2018— A new piece of mine is out at Orion called Deep In Time, a piece I wrote while roaming the Guadalupe Mountains National Park for a month as artist-in-residence, a piece in which I explore one of the world’s largest preserved fossil reefs from the Permian Era, within the larger geographical-historical context… [ Continue Reading ]

The Unbearable Lightness of Being My Father

The Unbearable Lightness of Being My Father

June 17, 2018, Father’s Day For so many of us, Father’s Day leads to that inevitable father-hole—father as source of emptiness. As if all our days do not lead us there—or lead from there, all of our movements not defined at least in part by this untetheredness, by the fact that we have no father.… [ Continue Reading ]

More on the Root-digger

More on the Root-digger

June 10, 2018 Four summers ago, I went to write a magazine story about a root-digger in the mountains of East Tennessee, coalfield country. I spent five days with her, riding around that rugged region & talking with neighbors, walking in the woods with her. I have 38 pages of notes & several hours of… [ Continue Reading ]