I am committed to developing curricular and extra-curricular programs devoted to the environmental humanities at Bucknell and to forging links between the creative writing program at Bucknell and the mission of the Bucknell Environmental Center and the Environmental Studies program.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Virginia

Teaching Interests

  • Creative writing with a specialty in nonfiction
  • American and Native American literature, as well as courses that deal with nature, deep ecology and "sustainability" from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives.

Current Projects and Research Interest


"Works & Days: A Pennsylvania Farm Journal" (nonfiction), a work-in-progress about my efforts to restore the native ecology of an 80-acre woodland farm in western Union County.

"In a Landscape: Pursuing Deep Ecology" (nonfiction), essays.

"A Town in the Mountains: Going Home to Calabria" (travel/nonfiction), a book about exploring the landscape of my Italian ancestors.


Director the 2007-2008 Humanities Institute: American Writers/American Places: Toward a Poetics and a Practice of Sustainability.

Selected Publications

Time & Tide in Acadia: Seasons on Mount Desert Island , from W. W. Norton, May 2009.

Hunting from Home: A Year Afield in the Blue Ridge Mountains ( New York: W. W. Norton, 2000).

Another Country: Journeying Toward the Cherokee Mountains (New York: Henry Holt and Co., 1997).

A Fly Fisherman's Blue Ridge (New York: Henry Holt and Co., 1990).


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