Hunger is both a natural and an unnatural human condition. Sharman Apt Russell explores the range of this primal experience
I am pleased to be considered a nature and science writer, although essentially I write about whatever interests me and seems important--living in place, archaeology, flowers, butterflies, hunger, and pantheism. I am now working on a project about citizen science and the study of the charismatic Western Red-bellied Tiger Beetle. I'm also engaged in other programs like Nature's Notebook and Celebrate Urban Birds. Citizen science is such an exciting field. You can transform yourself in a thousand ways, studying monarch butterflies or listening to whale songs or classifying galaxies...For more information on that, you can Like my Facebook author page Sharman Apt Russell.
Raised in the suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona, in 1981 I settled in southern New Mexico as a "back to the lander" and have stayed there ever since. I am a longtime professor in the Humanities Department at Western New Mexico University in Silver City, as well as an associate faculty at Antioch University in Los Angeles. I received my MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Montana and my B.S. in Conservation and Natural Resources from the University of California, Berkeley.
Please contact me at www.sharmanaptrussell.com or through Goodreads. Writing is a conversation and a dialogue. And writing is experiencing a renaissance and a democratization in terms of publishing and connecting with readers online. That's pretty neat.
As for books, my collection of essays Songs of the Fluteplayer: Seasons of Life in the Southwest (Addison-Wesley, 1991; reprinted by University of Nebraska Press, 2000) won the 1992 Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award and New Mexico Zia Award and recounts my early years in rural New Mexico. Standing in the Light: My Life as a Pantheist (Basic Books, 2008) was a New Mexico Book Award finalist and one of Booklists' top ten religious books of 2008.
Hunger: An Unnatural History (Basic Books, 2005) was the result of a Rockefeller Fellowship at Bellagio, Italy, and An Obsession with Butterflies: Our Long Love Affair with a Singular Insect (Perseus Books, 2003) was a pick of independent booksellers in the Summer 2003 Book Sense 76. Anatomy of a Rose: Exploring the Secret Life of Flowers (Perseus Books, 2001) has been translated into eight languages.
I will have a YA novel out this spring, 2015 and a middle-grade fantasy in the fall. Writing keeps you busy.