Michael P. Branch

Michael P. Branch is a humorist, essayist, and professor of literature and environment at the University of Nevada, Reno. His forthcoming books of environmental creative nonfiction are Rants from the Hill: The High Life Out West, from GFT Publishing, and Shambhala Editions’ Raising Wild: Becoming a Father in the High Desert.

Claire Vaye Watkins

When I encounter Claire Watkins’s place-based prose, I’m reminded of the first photograph I ever saw of a nuclear detonation crater. The image, shot at the Nevada Test Site, is disturbingly aesthetic.

Endlessly Rocking

The day Eryn and I decided to have a kid we had, it’s true, been drinking quite a lot of gin. Gin, the product of fermented juniper berries; juniper, the wild trees that surround our home in the high desert—Juniperus…