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In my writings I draw attention to and celebrate the gifts of the good earth that we largely ignore in our rushed and machine-focused culture. I encourage connections with nature that can nourish body, heart, and soul, that can restore us as well as our planet to health.  


Editor, Sisters of the Earth: Women’s Prose and Poetry About Nature . New York: Vintage Books, 1991. Second edition, 2003.

Editor, with Scott Slovic and John P. O’Grady, Literature and the Environment: A Reader on Nature and Culture . New York: Addison Wesley Longman, 1999. Second edition, Pearson, 2012. An anthology containing poetry, fiction, and nonfiction essays by more than a hundred authors, intended for the study of nature and culture in both literature and composition classes.  

Editor, with Thomas S. Edwards, At Home on This Earth: Two Centuries of U.S. Women’s Nature Writing. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 2002.

Author, with Rick Palkovic, Cooking with Sunshine: The Complete Guide to Solar Cuisine. Davis, CA: Our House Publishing, 1994. New York: Marlowe & Company, 2006.

Editor, with Abby Phillips Metzger, Wild in the Willamette: Exploring the Mid-Valley's Parks, Trails, and Natural Areas . Corvallis, OR: OSU Press, 2015.

Editor, with photographs by Bruce Hodge and foreword by Robert Michael Pyle, Earth & Eros: A Celebration in Words and Photographs . Ashland, OR: White Cloud Press, 2015.

Author, with photographs by Philip M. Lew, Slow Cook Solar: Sun-Baked Summer Meals Good for People and Planet. Corvallis, OR: Green Heron Press, 2023.

Articles, Essays, and Book Reviews

"A Simple Shift of Attention," California Desert Report, May 2023.


Foreword to Reclaiming the Wild Soul by Mary Reynolds Thompson, White Cloud Press, 2014.

Foreword to Yosemite Meditations for Women, ed. Claudia Welsh, Yosemite Conservancy, 2013.

"Care About What You Wear: Clothing Choices for a Greener World," Natural Choice Directory for the Willamette Valley , 2012/13.

"Health Care from the Inside Out," Natural Choice Directory for the Willamette Valley, 2010/11.

“Naturescaping: Making Sustainable Choices in Your Own Backyard” and “Yoga and Personal Sustainability,” Natural Choice Directory for Willamette Valley, 2009/10.

“Green Building in a Nutshell,” Natural Choice Directory for Willamette Valley, 2008/09.

“The Art of Fruit Trees” and “Go Nuts!” Orcharding magazine, Spring 2008, pp. 40–46, 88–96.

“Build It and Compost Will Happen,” Organic Farm magazine, Summer 2007, pp. 72–79.

“Edible Landscapes: Putting the Food in Master Planning,” Edible Sacramento magazine, Winter 2005, pp. 9–10.

Review of Icons of Loss and Grace: Moments in the Natural World by Susan Hanson and The Heart of the Sound: An Alaskan Paradise Found and Nearly Lost by Marybeth Holleman, in ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, Volume 11.1, Winter 2004, pp. 271–272.

“Small Miracles: My Seasons at the Creek,” in Riparian Writing, edited by Katie Rodger, pp. 6–13. Davis, CA: Department of English, University of California at Davis, 2004.

“Watermarks and Bloodlines,” in Terra Nova: Nature and Culture, Volume 3, Number 4, Fall 1998, pp. 35–37. Reprinted in Father Nature: Fathers as Guides to the Natural World, edited by Paul S. Piper and Stan Tag. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2003.

“The Great Chorus of Woman and Nature,” in At Home on This Earth: Two Centuries of U.S. Women’s Nature Writing, edited by Lorraine Anderson and Thomas S. Edwards. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 2002.

Review of Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert by Terry Tempest Williams, in ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment , Volume 9.2, Summer 2002, pp. 261–262.

“Thorn Apple,” in Writing Nature, Summer 2002, p. 12.

Review of Leap by Terry Tempest Williams, in ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, Volume 8.1, Winter 2001, pp. 221–222.

“Solar Cooking,” broadcast 9 August 1999 as part of the now-defunct ECO-Essays program on public radio stations nationwide.

The Right Not to Bear: Nonmother Stephanie Mills ,” in Women’s International Net Magazine, Issue 16, December 1998.

“Wilderness in the Blood,” in The Soul Unearthed: Celebrating Wildness and Personal Renewal Through Nature, edited by Cass Adams, pp. 82–83. New York: Putnam’s, 1996. Revised edition, Boulder, CO: Sentient Publications, 2002, pp. 79–80.

“Terry Tempest Williams” (pp. 973–988) and “New Voices in American Nature Writing” (pp. 1157–1172), in American Nature Writers, edited by John Elder. New York: Scribner’s, 1996.

“Motherhood Unbound,” in Orion: People and Nature, Volume 14, Number 4, Autumn 1995, pp. 24–25.

Review of Made From This Earth: American Women and Nature by Vera Norwood, in Western American Literature, Volume 29, Number 4, Winter 1995, pp. 347–348.

Review of Kill the Cowboy by Sharman Apt Russell, in California Wilderness Coalition Wilderness Record, June 1994.

“Women Alone in the Wilderness,” a paper presented to the North American Interdisciplinary Wilderness Conference, Ogden, Utah, November 1993.

Master’s Thesis

Pilgrim at Putah Creek: Reading the Book of Nature with Annie Dillard. Naropa University, December 2001.

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