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Biography

1997 to present: University of Texas at Arlington Libraries

1997 - 2013, Dean's Office, Library Publications and Development; 2013 - present, Digital Creations Dept.

1985-1987: Journalist, The Belton Journal, Belton, Texas

1984-present: Freelance writing and photography

Earlier work experience, Seasonal employment: Forestry and Interpretive Ranger - US Forest Service, National Park Service, US Army Corps of Engineers

Professional Preparation

    • In Progress in Environmental Ethics (Philosophy)University of North Texas
    • 1999 MA in EnglishUniversity of Texas at Arlington

Publications

Presentations

  • Past
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      "Cicada: Locating an Illusive Narrator and Protagonist in Louis Owens's Dark River"

      An in-depth examination of the protagonist/narrator in the novel by American Indian novelist and scholar Louis Owens.

      Western Literature Association (WLA), University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona. October, 2002.

  • Past
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      "Do not think that I do not love you if I scream while I Die: Sacred Bones and the Hunt in American Indian Literature.

      Hunting representations and attitudes in American Indian Literature. Title from a Leslie Marmon Silko poem.

      Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE), University of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff, AZ, June, 2001.

  • Past
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      "Invitation to the Dance--The Roles of Powerful Women in Silko's Ceremony and Owens' Dark River"

      Examining the matriarcal protagonists in two novels.

      Western Literature Association (WLA), Norman, OK, October 2000.

  • Past
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      "A Holy Occupation: World Views, Hunting, and Wilderness in Selected Works of Silko and Faulkner,"

      Examination of philosophical approaches to hunting and comparing world views via literature of American Indian and Euramerican authors.

      North American Interdisciplinary Conference on Environment and Community, Weber State University, Odgen, UT. February, 1999.

  • Past
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      "Environmental Presence in American Indian Literature: Reappropriating an Environmental Ethic"

      Using historic ethnographic materials to examine attitudes present in modern American Indian literature.

      Western Literature Association/Western History Association, Banff, Alberta, Canada, October 1998.

  • Past
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      "The Syncretic Impulse: Louis Owens' Use of Autobiography, Ethnology, and Blended Mythologies in The Sharpest Sight"

      Examining the complex story-telling and appropriation of various mythological figures in the Owens' novel.

      Western Literature Association, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, October, 1997.

Other Research Activities

  • 2002
    • Conference Attendance
      • Apr 2002 2002 O.C. Tanner Symposium "The Search For A Common Language: Environmental Writing And Education."

        This was an important, but one-time symposium, with invited literary writers and working scientists to meet and discuss the importance of writers and scientists working together to communicate the story of science for the general public. Make science approachable and understandable to the lay-person. 

        Utah State University, Logan, Utah, April 18-20.

  • 1999
    • Conference Attendance
      • Dec 1999 1999 Congress on Recreation and Resource Capacity

        1999 Congress on Recreation and Resource Capacity, sponsored by Colorado State University, National Park Service, and National Association of Interpretation. Snowmass Village, Aspen, Colorado, Nov 29 - Dec 2, 1999.

Other Teaching Activities

  • 2016
    • Organic Gardening
      • Jan 2016 Web site moderator, radio call in, weekly gardening radio program

        Since 2002 I have been a practitioner of organic gardening, based upon the research and writings of Howard Garrett, a Dallas area landscape architect and head of the Texas Organic Research center (TORC). Since about 2009 I have served as a moderator on his web site, http://www.dirtdoctor.com. This involves answering questions about food production and landscaping using non-toxic weed and pest control, and xeriscape plantings (heat and drought tolerant). I also regularly call in to the radio program to offer answers or the bring up timely questions.

        This is an ongoing project, not just one date as the form requires.

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