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Heather Durham

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Heather Durham is a nature essayist and naturalist who holds a master of science in
environmental biology from Antioch New England University and a master of fine arts in creative nonfiction from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. She’s held a variety of environmental jobs around the country, from interpretive park ranger to field biologist, trails worker to restoration ecologist. She currently lives and writes in a feral river valley northeast of Seattle where she serves as an administrator at Wilderness Awareness School. Her essays have been published in a variety of literary journals; Going Feral is her first book.

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Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy
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Blood is Not the Water by Mara Panich
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This is no flighty, ethereal poetry; these words are embodied—corporal, visceral—and resonant, each poem the incantation of a powerful, unapologetic woman. And yet, and still, the language is vulnerable, tender, and honest. This is the sort of poetry ...more
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What a perfect read for a sweltering summer day when even the birds are quiet and the air is still and “close” as they say in old books, and also somehow, liminal, paused, nothing shifting but your own breath… all, too, befitting a cave, aside from t ...more
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Similar to his book Winter World, Bernd Heinrich once again had me mouth agape, as much with his fascinating bird discoveries as with what he was willing to do to get them. A true scientist of the natural world, Heinrich has brought this bird nerd ev ...more
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“Sometimes, I am the beast in the darkness. Sometimes, I am the ghost.”
Heather Durham, Going Feral: Field Notes on Wonder and Wanderlust

“That little owl with a call as steady as my heartbeat was telling anyone who would listen, ‘I am here.’ We were listening. We’re listening still.”
Heather Durham, Going Feral: Field Notes on Wonder and Wanderlust

“I needed pain; I needed blood. Judge me if you want, but I’m talking about my own body. My own catharsis. About marking myself with beauty instead of ugliness.”
Heather Durham, Going Feral: Field Notes on Wonder and Wanderlust

“Maybe you were never actually lonely for other people. All along, maybe you were lonely for the earth.”
Heather Durham, Going Feral: Field Notes on Wonder and Wanderlust

“This something sparked on a little island off the rocky coast of Maine would grow from a twinge to a hunger to a need you would spend years, a decade, a lifetime pursuing.”
Heather Durham, Going Feral: Field Notes on Wonder and Wanderlust

“In reaching for stone, wood, water, and feather, I found my own edges softening, scars fading.”
Heather Durham, Going Feral: Field Notes on Wonder and Wanderlust

“Was I hiding from reality, on the outside looking in? Or, was I living my reality, on the outside looking out?”
Heather Durham, Going Feral: Field Notes on Wonder and Wanderlust

“I think I might like to grow thorns. Tough spines that barb anyone who grabs at me, tries to take from me, moves toward me any way other than delicately. Or thick boney horns I can point in front of me to shield the soft, sensitive parts. Not cruel, protected.”
Heather Durham, Going Feral: Field Notes on Wonder and Wanderlust




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