Amid the dire broadcasts about pollution, global warming, and the ever-increasing dominance of technology, I am finding reasons to feel hopeful about the natural world. People are posting photos from their backyards on Facebook. They are becoming citizen scientists. And, as ever, they are lifting their faces to the sun, noticing birds flying overhead, and gazing out over the water.

Another source of hope is my collection of books about nature that literally “runneth over”–I’ve run out of nooks and crannies into which I can stuff them and am using this space to share some of their glorious content.

I am a writer and an amateur naturalist. I am proud to have been awarded the 2015 Edwin Way Teale Artist-in-Residence opportunity–I got to live on what I consider sacred ground and write in the same place that Teale did. I have another residency scheduled at Acadia National Park in June 2017.  I am especially proud of my upcoming The Book of Noticing: Collections and Connections on the Trail, with Homebound Publications. Stay tuned: May 2017!

I love to conduct nature journaling and nature writing workshops, as well as online classes. This link leads to some free online instruction right here on the blog, especially helpful for “newbies” to nature writing.

Please take a moment to share with me here (or as a comment on a specific blog) your own first-person naturalist experiences and thoughts.

Katherine Hauswirth

Member: American Society of Journalists and Authors

9 thoughts on “About

  1. The dove couple has been furiously building their nest in the barn rafters over my gelding’s stall. The nest seems way to fragile to raise a family in, but it is colorful with its purple chive flowers, a small piece of blue twine that had held hay bales together and pieces of blond hay . I look at it through binoculars from the far side of the stall trying not to startle the mother as my birder friend told me doves will abandon their nest if they feel threatened. My gelding stands in his stall seemingly oblivious to the frenzy happening above–or to the tiny barn sparrow sleeping on his butt. My heart is full.

  2. I worship nature! Unlike most of western civilization, I feel no separation from Mother Earth and believe She is the key to a sustainable human future. Katherine Hauswirth is an exquisite co-author of our Get Satisfied book at Postconsumers.com, where moving beyond society’s addictive consumerism leads to creativity and fulfillment. I love all of Katherine’s work!

  3. Just read your recent article on naturewriting.com, and enjoyed it very much. And happily it led to your blog. I chuckled at your comments about your book collection, as I am in the same boat. I am at least a weekly reader of Ron’s website, and really enjoy the wide scope of the genre it affords. As a fellow amateur naturalist, avid reader, and sometimes writer, I am glad you chose to share your gift. Your writing is both descriptive and evocative.

  4. Wayne, thanks so much for taking the time to read my piece, Close to the Edge (http://naturewriting.com/close-to-the-edge/) at Ron’s naturewriting.com, and for the encouragement! I am impressed with his site and have made it a goal to become a regular reader! I agree with you about the wide scope; I’ve found that some see “nature writing” as a pretty narrow category, but I disagree! Perhaps I’ll read something of yours someday soon.

  5. Years ago I took a course in a graduate English program that was co-taught by an English professor and a biology professor. It was one of the best courses I have ever taken. I did my best writing in that class and published an essay, The Dragonfly and the Frog: A Close Observation. The essay was written at a pond on Sleeping Giant Mountain in Hamden after a half-day observation. The class was an adventure and an enlightenment. We walked a state park picking up vegetation after which we prepared and ate an amazindlg salad. I, too, am leary a out picking vegetation in “the wild” for eating for the same reason you expressed, especially after reading Into the Wild!
    Thank you for sharing your observations on nature, Kathy. They are insightful, enlightening and bring back wonderful memories. I should spend more time communicating with nature.

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