At Ballyhack Preserve,  Cornwall, CT

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 have often used this space to share some of their glorious content.

Recently,  the content here on First Person Naturalist has shifted a bit, as I cover nature-centric books publishers have asked me to review. Twice weekly, I write the Loving the World: Visits with Nature and Deeper Connection newsletter, free to subscribers.  I often re-post those epistles on my dedicated Facebook page of the same name, here.

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 had another residency at Acadia National Park in June 2017–a gift that is still fresh in my mind, still inspiring writing.  I am especially proud of my The Book of Noticing: Collections and Connections on the Trail, with Homebound Publications, which launched in May 2017! Some awards for that  one.

I love to conduct retreats, classes, and workshops as well as online classes centered on nature writing and nature appreciation and contemplation. This link leads to some free online instruction right here on the blog, especially helpful for “newbies” to nature writing. This link brings you to a list of upcoming events.

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. I love hear from other nature lovers, explorers, and writers.

Thank you for visiting me here!

Katherine Hauswirth

Member: American Society of Journalists and Authors

13 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.

  6. I was perusing the Internet and found your blog, and I have to say that this About page is incredibly inspirational. I’m also a nature writer, among other writing interests – http://bellaonline.com/site/California if you’re interested; it’s a travel column but you can search it to find my writings on flora, fauna, and natural areas within the state. I’m looking forward to returning here often and seeing what you’ve done!

    • Hi Korie Beth–nice to meet you and thanks for the compliment. I hadn’t run across your site before and look forward to spending some time on it. At a glance (writing from work), it looks quite interesting! You might have seen I just had a book come out, and I am loving this journey. If you are interested, please see the Book of Noticing tab here on the blog. You have been a happy note in my day!

  7. Hi Kathy – Per your 7/7/17 article in the Shoreline Times… WOW!! I cannot wait to purchase your book. I am the most annoying person to walk/hike with as my head is everywhere but in front of me and I walk very S-L-O-W-L-Y while taking everything in. Also similar to you, I am fascinated by the various meanings of words and word origins. I am so sorry you lost your Molly but I’m sure she is still walking and observing along with you in your travels.

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