Michael P Branch

Michael P Branch

Michael P. Branch is a writer of creative nonfiction, a humorist, a desert rat, and University Foundation Professor and Professor of Literature and Environment at the University of Nevada, Reno. He has published 10 books and more than 300 essays and reviews, and has given more than 400 public readings, writing workshops, and invited lectures. His books include Raising Wild: Dispatches from a Home in the Wilderness (2016), Rants from the Hill: On Packrats, Bobcats, Wildfires, Curmudgeons, a Drunken Mary Kay Lady, and Other Encounters with the Wild in the High Desert (2017), How to Cuss in Western: And Other Missives from the High Desert (2018), and On the Trail of the Jackalope: How a Legend Captured the World’s Imagination and Helped Us Cure Cancer (2022). Mike’s creative nonfiction includes pieces that have received Honorable Mention for the Pushcart Prize and been recognized as Notable Essays in The Best American Essays, The Best American Science and Nature Writing, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. His creative work has appeared in magazines including CNN, Slate, Outside, Pacific Standard, Huffington Post, Bustle, Utne Reader, Orion, Ecotone, National Parks, High Country News, Terrain.org, Places Journal, Whole Terrain, Reader’s Digest, Red Rock Review, and About Place. He is the recipient of the Ellen Meloy Desert Writers Award, the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame Silver Pen Award, the Western Literature Association Frederick Manfred Creative Writing Award, the Willa Pilla Prize for Humor Writing, and the Montana Prize for Humor. Mike lives with his wife Eryn and daughters Hannah and Caroline in the high desert of northwestern Nevada, in the ecotone where the Great Basin Desert and the Sierra Nevada Mountains meet. Please visit his website at https://michaelbranchwriter.com/
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