David Gessner is the author of the New York Times bestseller, All the Wild That Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner and the American West, and eight other books, including Return of the Osprey, Sick of Nature, My Green Manifesto, and The Tarball Chronicles. He has published essays in many magazines, including Outside Magazine and the New York Times Magazine, and has won the John Burroughs Award for best nature essay, a Pushcart Prize, inclusion in The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and the Association for Study of Literature and the Environment’s award for best book of creative writing in 2011–2012. At UNCW Gessner founded the department’s award-winning literary journal, Ecotone. And in January 2016 he served as the host of the National Geographic Explorer television show, Call of the Wild, which explored how our constant use of screens is damaging our brains and how nature can be restorative. Ultimate Glory, his memoir of his years playing ultimate frisbee, is due out in June 2017.