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Environmental and Nature Writing : A Writer's Guide and Anthology

Environmental and Nature Writing : A Writer's Guide and Anthology



Offering guidance on writing poetry, nonfiction, and fiction, Environmental and Nature Writing is a complete introduction to the art and craft of writing about the environment in a wide range of genres. With discussion questions and writing prompts throughout, Environmental and Nature Writing: A Writers' Guide and Anthology covers such topics as:

  • The history of writing about the environment
  • Image, description and metaphor
  • Environmental journalism, poetry, and fiction
  • Researching, revising and publishing
  • Styles of nature writing, from discovery to memoir to polemic

The book also includes an anthology, offering inspiring examples of nature writing in all of the genres covered by the book, including work by: John Daniel, Camille T. Dungy, David Gessner, Jennifer Lunden, Erik Reece, David Treuer, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Alyson Hagy, Bonnie Nadzam, Lydia Peelle, Benjamin Percy, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Nikky Finney, Juan Felipe Herrera, Major Jackson, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, G.E. Patterson, Natasha Trethewey, and many more.



Publication Date



Bloomsbury Academic




Creative Writing | Environmental Studies | Fiction | Nonfiction | Poetry


Description, cover image, and reviews courtesy of Bloomsbury Publishing.

Subject Areas

Natural history -- Authorship; Natural history literature; Environmental literature; Ecology -- Authorship; Authorship

Author/Editor Bio

Sean Prentiss is Associate Professor of English at Norwich University. He is author of Finding Abbey: The Search for Edward Abbey and His Hidden Desert Grave (2015), which won the National Outdoor Book Award for Biography/History. He is also co-editor of The Far Edges of the Fourth Genre (2014).

Joe Wilkins is Associate Professor of English at Linfield College. He holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Idaho and a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Gonzaga University.


"The planet is in a real crisis - and one good effect is that it seems to be producing ever more wonderful writers about nature and the environment, almost as a human produces antibodies to ward off disease. Here you will find introductions to many of them—and an invitation to join their ranks.” – Bill McKibben, editor of American Earth: Nature Writing Since Thoreau

"Sean Prentiss and Joe Wilkins' new craft text and anthology . . . is a writing manual full of provocative prompts and a respectful and informative literary history of the genre we have previously kept in a small box marked 'nature writing.' It also includes a discerning multi-genre reader. The book challenges writers to factor into their writing the imprint of place and landscape on the human story. Whether writers adopt this textbook for a classroom setting or embark upon its lessons and inspirations in a self-study, they will surely come away with new and wild ideas about the subtle influences that science, the natural world, and the environmental imagination exert on all of our experiences, memories, and stories.” – Debra Marquart, Professor of English, Iowa State University, author of The Horizontal World

Environmental and Nature Writing : A Writer's Guide and Anthology