David Gessner has been called "the Woody Allen of nature writing” (and not by himself). He’s the author of eight books, including My Green Manifesto and The Tarball Chronicles, both of which grew out of reporting for OnEarth. He has won the John Burroughs award for best natural history essay, taught environmental writing at Harvard, and founded the literary journal Ecotone. He currently teaches creative writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
Stories by David Gessner
October 21, 2013
A year ago, Hurricane Sandy swept away skepticism about the use of sand dunes. But those big, protective mounds are no excuse for complacency.
September 4, 2013
It took decades, but the Charles has gone from one of the dirtiest urban rivers in the country to one of the cleanest. Here’s how it happened.
July 24, 2013
Everybody’s individual path to environmental consciousness is different. Curious, though, how many of them turn out to be flight paths.
July 19, 2013
June 14, 2013
As the wildfire and hurricane seasons begin, a little less hubris—and a lot more awe, humility, and quiet communion with nature—might be the key to reaching détente with the forces of destruction.
May 20, 2013
If unwatched solitude is what you're seeking, wilderness may not be where you find it.
April 18, 2013
Newly elected Tar Heel politicians see the relationship between business and the environment as a zero-sum game. Guess which one is losing?
March 11, 2013
December 21, 2012
November 16, 2012
November 2, 2012
October 15, 2012
September 7, 2012