Nature writer and humorist Mike Branch will read from his most recent book How To Cuss in Western (And Other Missives from the High Desert) at noon on Thursday, September 13, 2018, at Penn State Altoona's Edith Davis Eve Chapel.
Branch’s work includes eight published books, one of which is the Pulitzer Prize- nominated John Muir's Last Journey: South to the Amazon and East to Africa. He has published more than 200 essays, articles, and reviews, and has given more than 300 invited lectures, readings, and workshops. His creative nonfiction includes pieces that have received an honorable mention for the Pushcart Prize and been recognized as notable essays in The Best American Essays, The Best Creative Nonfiction, The Best American Science and Nature Writing, and The Best American Non-Required Reading. His essays have appeared in Orion, Ecotone, Slate, Terrain.org, National Parks magazine, Reader's Digest, Places, Red Rock Review, and Whole Terrain and have been included in numerous books.
Branch is a professor of literature and environment at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is a cofounder and past president of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE), served for 16 years as the book review editor of ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, and is a cofounder and series co-editor of the University of Virginia Press book series Under the Sign of Nature: Explorations in Ecocriticism.
Branch's presentation is sponsored by the Penn State Altoona Environmental Studies program. The event is free and open to the public.