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About the Author

David K. Leff is an award-winning poet and essayist, and former deputy commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. He is the Canton, Connecticut poet laureate, deputy town historian, and town meeting moderator. He was a volunteer firefighter for 26 years. In 2016 and 2017 David was appointed by the National Park Service to serve as poet-in-residence for the New England National Scenic Trail (NET). He has been nominated three times for a Pushcart Prize, and has twice been a finalist in the Connecticut Book Awards. David has received two silver medals from the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY), and was grand prize short-listed for the Eric Hoffer Book Award. His work has appeared in anthologies, newspapers such as the Hartford Courant, and magazines including Appalachia and Yankee. The author of seven nonfiction books, three volumes of poetry, and two novels in verse, David's work focuses on the connection of people to their communities and the natural environment. He often explores commonplace elements of the world around us that have hidden meanings and unusual links to each other. David has been the book review editor of Connecticut Woodlands, the quarterly magazine of the Connecticut Forest & Park Association and is now poetry editor. He is a staff writer for The Wayfarer Magazine. David's papers are located at the Special Collections and University Archives, UMass/Amherst.View his work at www.davidkleff.com


Reading David's beautifully written essay will make you realize that the wonders of nature lie right beyond your doorstep. So grab your kids, turn off your cell phones, and enjoy them.

-Gina McCarthy, former U. S. EPA Administrator

--Gina McCarthy, former U. S. EPA Administrator

Leff has given us a permission slip and a directive: go forth and see. Travel local, travel deep. See the beauty in 'hard-used places.' Canoe polluted and pillaged rivers. Everything ordinary is beautiful. Go forth and make your own terranexus, your own 'profound connection' to your home ground. Celebrate your place in earth--there is no other like it.

-Howard Mansfield, author of Dwelling in Possibility

---Howard Mansfield, author of Dwelling in Possibility

"The questions to which Leff returns in this elegant sequence of essays are how and why we may come to love a place, and how such love may promote personal, ecological, and social health. These issues are made concrete for his readers by descriptions of walks into certain landscapes that have grounded his own thinking. Like him, we are drawn deeper into the meaning of conservation by the intoxication of 'spicy spruce air' on the Appalachian Trail, the profusion of birdlife above an old landfill."

-John Elder, author of Reading the Mountains of Home

---John Elder, author of Reading the Mountains of Home