"Language is everything, since it is the voice of no one, since it is the very voice
Recent writings besides Strange Beauty and Tolkien's Modern Middle Ages include: "Pre-Modern Ecosemiotics: The Green World as Literary Ecology," in The Space of Culture-The Place of Nature (University of Tartu Press); "Ecopoetics and the Origins of English Literature" in Environmental Criticism for the Twenty-First Century (Routledge); "Desert Islands: Europe's Atlantic Archipelago as Ascetic Landscape," in Studies in the Medieval Atlantic (Palgrave Macmillan, New Middle Ages); "Orthodoxy and Ecopoetics: The Green World in the Desert Sea" in Toward an Ecology of Transfiguration: Orthodox Christian Perspectives on Environment, Nature, and Creation, forthcoming from Fordham University Press; "Spenser's Green World" from Early English Studies; "Ecocriticism" from A Dictionary of Cultural and Critical Theory; a review of Mining in a Medieval Landscape: The Royal Silver Mines of the Tamar Valley from Speculum (2011); a review of Ents, Elves and Eriador:The Environmental Vision of J.R.R. Tolkien from Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching (2010); and a review of poetry on the life of biologist Alfred Russel Wallace in Temenos Academy Review 12 (2009). Earlier articles include "Landscapes of Conversion: Guthlac's Mound and Grendel's Mere as Expressions of Anglo-Saxon Nation-Building," in The Postmodern Beowulf (West Virginia University Press 2007) and 'The Greyest-Greenest-Bluest Eye: Colours of Martyrdom and Colours of the Winds as Iconographic Landscape" (Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies 50 (2005): 31-66.
(Below) Skellig Michael: Early Irish monastic island, UNESCO World Heritage site. (Left) With Max at a house chapel in Beavertown, PA.
Associate Professor,English Department
(Above) Well of Columba in an old oak grove at Durrow in Ireland; once a community founded by the sixth-century Irish-Scottish saint. and probable home to the famous Book of Durrow..
See the earth and take it to heart....
B.A., Brown University, M.S.J. Medill School of Journalism (Northwestern); M.A. Early British Studies, University of Wales at Aberystwyth; M.A. and Ph.D., English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Former Urban Affairs Writer, Chicago Sun-Times. Three-time winner of the Peter Lisagor Award for Examplary Journalism (one for the series "Lost Horizons" on regional ecological restoration), among other awards. Former Chicago Correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor. Environmental writings have appeared in Whole Earth, Chicago Wilderness, Illinois Issues, Restoration and Management Notes.
"From Cú Chulainn to Cordell Walker: The Ranger 'Mans Up' to Cosmic Marriage," paper at Bucknell Women's Studies/CSREG Masculinity Series, 11/16/12. Accompanying video.
"The Early Medieval Sublime," paper at the Sophia Institute, Union Theological Seminary, Dec. 2, 2011.
Paper at SPEP 2011, NPR session of IAEP:
Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment conference paper 2011:
2009 James Fenimore Cooper Society Conference paper:
"Ecocriticism," talk at the Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute, 1/29/10
WKOK "Leaders and Lawmakers" summer 2011 interview on Susquehanna studies, environmental humanities, and the environment and spirituality.