Camille Dungy


Camille T. Dungy’s debut collection of personal essays is Guidebook to Relative Strangers, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is also the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Trophic Cascade, winner of the Colorado Book Award. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2019.

Dungy’s other poetry collections are Smith Blue, finalist for the William Carlos Williams Award; Suck on the Marrow, winner of the American Book Award; and What to Eat, What to Drink, What to Leave for Poison, finalist for PEN the Center USA Literary Award for Poetry. Dungy edited Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry, co-edited the From the Fishouse poetry anthology, and served as assistant editor on Gathering Ground: Celebrating Cave Canem’s First Decade. Her poems and essays have appeared in Best American PoetryBest American Travel Writing100 Best African American Poems, nearly 30 other anthologies, plus dozens of print and online venues including Poetry, American Poetry Review, VQR, Guernica, and Poets.org.

Other honors include two Northern California Book Awards, a California Book Award silver medal, two NAACP Image Award nominations, two Hurston/Wright Legacy Award nominations, fellowships from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, and fellowships from the NEA in both poetry and prose. Dungy is currently a Professor in the English Department at Colorado State University.

Sean Hill

sean for webSean Hill is the author of two poetry collections, Dangerous Goods, awarded the Minnesota Book Award in Poetry, and Blood Ties & Brown Liquor, named one of the Ten Books All Georgians Should Read in 2015 by the Georgia Center for the Book. He’s received numerous awards including fellowships from Cave Canem, the Region 2 Arts Council, the Bush Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, The Jerome Foundation, The MacDowell Colony, the University of Wisconsin, a Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, and a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Hill’s poems and essays have appeared in Callaloo, Harvard ReviewNew England Review, Orion, Oxford American, Poetry, Tin House, and numerous other journals, and in over a dozen anthologies including Black Nature and Villanelles.

He has served as the director of the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference at Bemidji State University since 2012, and is a consulting editor at Broadsided Press. He has taught at several universities, including at the University of Alaska – Fairbanks and Georgia Southern University as an Assistant Professor. Hill lives in Montana where he is the Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Montana.

J. Drew Lanham

J. Drew LanhamJ. Drew Lanham is a Clemson University Master Teacher, Alumni Distinguished Professor, and Provost’s Professor in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation. A faculty member since 1995, Drew is an internationally respected conservation and cultural ornithologist. He is a past board member of several organizations including the National Audubon Society, Aldo Leopold Foundation, the American Birding Association, and BirdNote. He is also the former chairperson of the advisory board for Audubon South Carolina and was a twelve-year member of the South Carolina Wildlife Federation.

Drew is a widely published author and poet focusing on a passion for place and the personal and societal conflicts that sometimes put conservation and culture at odds. Drew was named the poet laureate for his home place county of Edgefield, South Carolina in 2018 and is the author of Sparrow Envy- Poems.

His award-winning book, The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature exemplifies his passion to define environmental sustainability and conservation in new ways by bridging the gaps between advocacy, education, inspiration, and conservation.

His essay, “Forever Gone,” a lyrical treatise on extinction, was chosen as a Best American Essay of 2018. A contributing author to numerous periodicals and anthologies, he has been summer faculty at the Bread Loaf Environmental Writing Workshop and the Writing in the Ruins Workshop. As a Black American, he’s intrigued with how ethnic prisms bend perceptions of nature and its care.

Beth Piatote

elk-river-beth-piatote-214-250Beth Piatote is a writer of fiction, poetry, essays, plays, and scholarly works. Her 2019 mixed-genre collection, The Beadworkers: Stories (Counterpoint), was longlisted for the Aspen Words Literary Prize and the PEN/Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, and shortlisted for the California Independent Booksellers “Golden Poppy” Award for Fiction. Her play, Antíkoni, was selected for the 2020 Festival of New Plays by Native Voices at the Autry, and she is currently part of the Indigenous Writers Collaborative at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

She is Nez Perce, enrolled with Colville Confederated Tribes, and a founding member of luk’upsíimey/North Star Collective, a group of Nez Perce writers and language activists. Her current projects include a book of poems and a novel.

Laura Pritchett

laura websiteLaura Pritchett is an American author whose work is rooted in the natural world. She began her writing journey with the short story collection Hell’s Bottom, Colorado, which won the PEN USA Award for Fiction and the Milkweed National Fiction Prize. This was followed by the novels Sky Bridge, Stars Go Blue, Red Lightning, and The Blue Hour, which garnered numerous literary awards, including the High Plains Book Award and the WILLA.

Laura’s work has appeared in The New York Times, O Magazine, Salon, High Country News, The Sun, Orion, Pinch, High Desert Journal, Lit Hub, Publisher’s Weekly, The Normal School, Writers on the Range, OnEarth, Brain, Teen, and many others. She has been recognized by several organizations for environmental stewardship. She holds a PhD from Purdue University and teaches at various writing conferences around the country. When not writing or teaching, she can generally be found outside in Colorado’s mountains.


Featured Guests

Mary Clare

Mary ClareFor 35 years, social scientist and author Mary Clare, Ph.D. has been a professor, scholar and consultant. A Fellow in the American Psychological Association, Dr. Clare has contributed over 100 articles to research literature. She is also a published poet, and has written three nonfiction books including 100 Voices – Americans Talk about Change (2011) and most recently Full Ecology – Repairing Our Relationship with the Natural World (with Gary Ferguson), due out EarthDay 2021.

Gary Ferguson

Gary FergusonGary Ferguson is the author of 26 books on science and nature, including Eight Master Lessons of Nature, which was called one of the best nature books of 2019 by the Chicago Review of Books. His 2014 memoir, The Carry Home: Lessons from the American Wilderness was chosen as Nature Book of the Year by the prestigious Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute. His 2003 book, Hawk’s Rest: A Season in the Remote Heart of Yellowstone, won both the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award and the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award for Nonfiction. Decade of the Wolf was chosen as the Montana Book of the Year, while The Great Divide was an Audubon Magazine Editor’s Choice.

CMarie Fuhrman

CMarie FuhrmanCMarie Fuhrman is the author of Camped Beneath the Dam: Poems (Floodgate, 2020) and co-editor of Native Voices (Tupelo, 2019). She has published poetry and nonfiction in multiple journals including High Desert Journal, Yellow Medicine Review, Cutthroat, a Journal of the Arts, Whitefish Review, Broadsided Press, Taos Journal of Poetry and Art, as well as several anthologies. CMarie is the 2019 recipient of the Grace Paley Fellowship at Under the Volcano in Tepotzlán, Mexico, a 2019 graduate of the University of Idaho’s MFA program, regular columnist for the Inlander, and an editorial team member for Broadsided Press and Transmotion. She resides in the mountains of West Central Idaho.

Sterling HolyWhiteMountain

Sterling HolyWhiteMountainSterling HolyWhiteMountain grew up on the Blackfeet Reservation. He holds a BA in English creative writing from the University of Montana and an MFA in fiction from the University of Iowa. A Stegner Fellow, he was also a James C. McCreight Fiction Fellow at the University of Wisconsin. His work has appeared in volumes 1 and 2 of Off the Path: An Anthology of 21st Century American Indian and Indigenous Writers, Montana Quarterly, ESPN.com., The Yellow Medicine Review and The Atlantic. He is currently completing a story collection.

Tom James

Tom JamesTom James is an archaeologist based out of Gardiner, Montana. After working in the Southeastern US, Northeast Africa, and Southern California, he turned his focus to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Tom’s primary research interest is in environmental archaeology based on a long-time fascination with how humans interact with, adapt to, and change the natural environment around them.

Jesse Logan

Jesse LoganJesse Logan has a Ph.D. in ecology and is an internationally recognized authority on whitebark pine and the ecosystem supported by this keystone species. He was on the faculty of the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University, and he was a tenured associate professor at Virginia Tech in the forestry and entomology departments. He worked as a research entomologist for the U.S. Forest Service’s Rocky Mountain Research Station. Since retiring in 2006, Logan has continued research and advocacy for high-elevation ecosystems of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. He is a Certified Interpretive Guide, a Leave No Trace instructor, and a Certified Yellowstone Association Naturalist. In the summers, he works as a contract instructor for Yellowstone Forever, and during the winters he works as a backcountry ski guide working out of Cooke City for Yellowstone Ski Tours and Beartooth Powder Guides.

Doug Peacock

Doug PeacockDoug Peacock is the author of Grizzly Years, ¡Baja!, Walking It Off: A Veteran’s Chronicle of War and Wilderness, and co-author of The Essential Grizzly: The Mingled Fates of Men and Bears. A Vietnam veteran and former Green Beret medic, Peacock has published widely on wilderness issues ranging from grizzly bears to buffalo, from the Sonoran desert to the fjords of British Columbia, from the tigers of Siberia to the blue sheep of Nepal. A friend of the late author Edward Abbey, Peacock was the model for Abbey’s infamous character, George Washington Hayduke. He was named a 2007 Guggenheim Fellow and a 2011 Lannan Fellow for his work on his latest book, In the Shadow of the Sabertooth: Global Warming, the Origins of the First Americans and the Terrible Beasts of the Pleistocene, for which he received a High Plains Book Award. He was the co-founder of Round River Conservation Studies and Save the Yellowstone Grizzly.