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Before the Snow MoonThanks for dropping by. I’m a poet and writer who’s rattled by our apparent disregard for the “fountain of energy flowing through a circuit of soils, plants, and animals.” That’s Aldo Leopold’s definition of land, as laid out in his clarion call to get over ourselves as the only living things on earth that matter: A Sand County Almanac. I was the child who headed to the lake or into the woods with a bag of books and notebooks. Land and the water that turns it into watersheds remain inexhaustible sources of inspiration.

But I’m also the adult who’s happy to visit—online—the drawings of a young Irish artist whose work I discovered at one of my favorite bookstores, or to click through to a friend’s newly published poem. That sort of immediate access to another kind of inspiration can be breathtaking for those of us who grew up without computers.

Fresh WaterReading and writing, especially the creative kind, liberate our imaginations from what-is and nudge us—or shove us—toward what-could-be. In these times, imagination, so long as it is coupled with a land ethic, seems more important than ever.

I’m based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but seem to live all across the southern Lower Peninsula these days, a dispersion that is probably unsustainable.

Click here for more about me, here for interviews, here for my blog, and here to listen to a reading I gave when Before the Snow Moon was published.

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Association for Literature and Environment’s Conference.

Thursday, June 22, 2017, 8:30 am, Detroit, Michigan: Reading Books Together as Resistance and Recovery presentation at the Association for Literature and Environment’s Conference. Wayne State University 217 Monroe St., Kalamazoo, Michigan I’ve chosen a deliberately [...]

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Color, Beauty, and the Birds and the Bees

A male northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) just lighted upon the spruce in the neighbor's wild patch outside our kitchen window. The bird is much brighter now than in February, the tree's needles much greener. A bit of movement [...]

Ross Gay in Ann Arbor Today (and Yesterday)

Yesterday evening I had to choose between going to hear M. Scott Momaday or Ross Gay and friends read their work. Oh the riches. I decided to go hear the author of Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude [...]

Eco Book Club at Literati Bookstore

I have so much to tell you. For one thing, just the other day I tasted my first pawpaw, straight from the wild grove that's thriving in our neighbor's backyard. For another, I heard Gary Snyder [...]