Jeff Lockwood was originally hired as an insect ecologist at the University of Wyoming. But over the course of 20 years he metamorphosed into a Professor of Natural Sciences & Humanities, with a joint appointment between the department of philosophy and in the MFA program in creative writing. His books include Grasshopper Dreaming: Reflections on Loving and Killing, Prairie Soul: Finding Grace in the Earth Beneath My Feet, and A Guest of the World (Skinner House: 2002, 2004, 2006). His writings have been honored with a Pushcart Prize and a John Burroughs Award. This essay reflects his growing concern that gloomy environmental writing fails to motivate deep ecologists or engage the public. The situation is serious, but playfulness is essential to life. Even earnest scholars and activists can possess a sense of humor.
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