Wolf Tree: An Ecopsychological Memoir in Essays


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Homebound Publications
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5.4 X 8.4 X 0.9 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Heather Durham grew up in New England, wandered widely, and now finds herself rooting firmly in the land of ravens and salmon, amidst the towering cedars and moody mists of the Pacific Northwest. She holds a bachelor of arts in psychology from the University of Virginia, a master of science in environmental biology from Antioch New England University, and a master of fine arts in creative nonfiction from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. Her essays have been published in a variety of literary journals and her first book, Going Feral: Field Notes on Wonder and Wanderlust, was named a Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist in Nature writing. After holding a variety of environmental jobs around the country from park ranger to restoration ecologist, field biologist to naturalist, Heather currently works behind the scenes at Wilderness Awareness School in the foothills of the Washington Cascades. When not working or writing, you are likely to find Heather reading other nature writers or wandering in a riverside cedar grove with a journal, field guide, and binoculars, hunting birdsong.


"Wolf Tree is magic; not in the manner of the wide-eyed crystal-kisser, but vibrant and gritty, fecund and restrained, and layered with a forest floor of metaphor and experience revealed from a life lived engulfed in it. She reminds us we humans are noisy animals but then, time and again, reveals the truths we may discover if we approach the world, like so many of our relatives do, in silence. This is a holy book."

--Chris LaTray, award-winning author of One-Sentence Journal

"Wow. That is the word I spoke aloud over and over while reading Wolf Tree. Durham's new book is nine kinds of beautiful. Fearless, authentic, raw, glistening, intense, wondering, wandering, untethered, highly original. Wolf Tree is nothing short of stunning."

--Lyanda Lynn Haupt, author of Rooted: Life at the Crossroads of Science, Nature, and Spirit

"Wolf Tree is a richly textured mosaic...Through a striking, openly vulnerable, and deeply personal examination of many kinds of relationships runs a tension between solitude and community. As she travels between the unpredictable, often fraught company of other people and the balm of wilderness, Durham wonders, Where, and how, might I belong? In these pages, we are able to live those questions and their accompanying aches and pleasures. Like the sea glass Durham ponders, this book is a true gift."

--Derek Sheffield, Poetry Editor of Terrain.org and author of Not for Luck