I’ve finished four books of personal essays over the last 3+ years, all based on my daily walks in the woods. Another is in process. The series was originally inspired by my memory of the walks I took with my wife prior to her passing in 2015 and has since taken on a life of its own. All of these books are available for free, here, via the drop-down menu above, and in paperback form, at cost, on Amazon.com via my Amazon author’s page link, above. This Fall, Last Spring and First, Summer are also available as audiobooks here and, in the case of This Fall, on Audible.com.
I’m just now writing what is likely to become another book in this series, under the working title Harvest. I decided to upload individual essays as I completed them, at least in a generally satisfactory draft form, more like the way I “published” my poems in September, 2016 (though not, as was the case then, in real time, right as I was composing them.) I put the first essay up here on August 29, one I wrote initially about two weeks before that, and what may turn out to be the final essay on September 2, the day I wrote it. I have now posted a full “draft” of the “book,” terms I put in quotation marks for reasons that will become clear if you read the first essay “on my method.”
A Mind of Winter: Essays on the Imagination (2019) combines personal essays based on my walks in the woods around Olympia, Washington, with essays on a variety of philosophers and poets theorizing on the imagination. I include a PDF of the full series.
First, Summer (2018) is my first Olympia-based book, the essays founded, as usual, on my woods-walks, this time in the majestic forests nearby my house. I wrote the essays a few months after I moved here. I include a PDF and audiobook of the series.
Last Spring (2018) is a monograph of essays I wrote during my final semester teaching before retirement, based on my walks in Boyce Park. It serves as the darker “bookend” for the processes of growth and grief I initiated with This Fall. I include a PDF and audiobook of the series.
This Fall (2015) is the collection of essays I wrote over about month’s time, after my daily walks in Boyce Park, a few miles outside of Pittsburgh, during the autumn leaf fall, in the shadow of my wife’s sudden passing the previous winter. I include a PDF and an audiobook of the series.
I’ve made several 2-3 minute slideshows with photos I took on my “standard” Olympia walks. You can view them at:
I published two scholarly books during my career as an English professor, both still under copyright to the original publisher, so I can’t upload them here directly. My first book, Writing/Teaching, which won the CCC Outstanding Book Award the year it came out, is now available in full-text, from the publisher, in the public domain. My second book, Re-reading Poets, documents my life-long love of poetry via the many specific poets who have made my life deeper and more livable. I provide more information about these under the “Scholarly Books” drop-down, above.
Here is a thumbnail version of my academic CV, with major items: