Michael P. Branch has published nine books, including three works of humorous creative nonfiction inspired by the Great Basin Desert: Raising Wild (2016), Rants from the Hill (2017), and How to Cuss in Western (2018). Mike has received the Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame and the Ellen Meloy Desert Writers Award. His essays have appeared in venues including Orion, CNN, Slate, Outside, Pacific Standard, Utne Reader, Ecotone, National Parks, High Country News, Terrain.org, Places Journal, Whole Terrain, and About Place. He is University Foundation Professor of English at the University of Nevada, Reno. Mike lives with his wife Eryn and daughters Hannah and Caroline in the Great Basin-Sierra Nevada ecotone. The book he is currently writing about jackalopes will be published by Pegasus Books.
LAY OF THE LAND
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A Thanksgiving lesson in forgiveness. Continue reading
LATE ONE SUMMER AFTERNOON while out for a walk, my six-year-old daughter Hannah and I decide to follow some pronghorn tracks, just for practice. Tracks, as Hannah knows, are story. To Continue reading
MY DAUGHTER, Hannah Virginia, who recently turned three years old, is teaching me about the stars. Far from being a liability to her, my own profound astronomical ignorance has turned out Continue reading