A Pilgrim's Portent

Date of Award

Spring 2023

Project Type


Program or Major


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

First Advisor

Jaed Coffin

Second Advisor

Susan Hertz

Third Advisor

Brigitte Bailey


Eco-anxiety is a term that is currently at the forefront of professional development in the fields of psychology and therapeutic counseling. This collection of essays is a recreation of my connection with the environment, both before, and (mostly) after I sensed an imbalance in the natural world, and a disconnect in humans' modern way of life. This is not a book that is meant to educate people entirely on the climate crisis, it is not presenting a solution, it is not a "how to deal with ecoanxiety" memoir. It is a return to places, memories and experiences so that I can articulate my connection to the earth both in memoriam, and to understand how to be in nature, write about nature, and be a nature writer in this new context.

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