Julianna Baggott

Julianna Baggott’s fourth novel is Which Brings Me to You (co-written with Steve Almond). Her second book of poems, Lizzie Borden in Love, was published in September. She also writes a series of novel for younger readers, The Anybodies (now in development with Nickelodeon Movies at Paramount) under the pen name N. E. Bode. She teaches at Florida State University’s Creative Writing Program.

Who Needs Nature?

My mother despised nature. Boy scouts on camping trips seemed suicidal—my God, the poison ivy, the humming mosquitoes with their full tanks of disease. Why take your lives in your hands, gentlemen? She raised me to fear all greenery, all…