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Michael P. Branch

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Michael P. Branch is professor of literature and environment at the University of Nevada, Reno; book review editor of the journal ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment; and coeditor of the University of Virginia Press book series Under the Sign of Nature: Explorations in Ecocriticism. His books include John Muir’s Last Journey: South to the Amazon and East to Africa (Island Press, 2001) and Reading the Roots: American Nature Writing before Walden (University of Georgia Press, 2004). He also writes a monthly blog essay, called “Rants from the Hill,” for High Country News.

Freebirds

What to make of a nation that pardons turkeys while putting lots of other innocent beings in its crosshairs?
Web extra: audio of the author reading this essay.

The Adventures of Peavine and Charlie

How a couple of mischievous jack rabbits imbued two little girls with a sense of place and rescued their father from tedium. Also available: audio of the author reading this article. Link at top of article.

Ladder to the Pleiades

Wishing for a ladder tall enough to reach the stars...