For a long time, Amanda Giracca led parallel lives. On one hand, she has been a field ornithologist, a landscape gardener, a cow milker, and a National Forest trail crew worker. On the other hand, she’s been a freelance writer, an editor, and a somewhat-perpetual English graduate student. At long last her two halves are meeting: she writes about the environment, natural history, imagination and wilderness, travel, rural living, and class. She is currently a third-year MFA nonfiction student at the University of Pittsburgh where she teaches Introduction to Journalism and Nonfiction. Her most recent nonfiction has appeared or is forthcoming from Fourth Genre, Imagination & Place: Cartography (anthology), Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment, and Terrain.org. She has been an editor for the literary journals Passages North, Hot Metal Bridge, and Alligator Juniper, and awards include the George F. and Mary Ann McGunagle Memorial Award–a Nationality Room Scholarship of the University of Pittsburgh, Northern Michigan University’s Excellence in Education Research Grant, and the Boschen Fund for Artists Grant through the Berkshire-Taconic Community Foundation. See a complete list of publications and select links at amandagiracca.com/publications. Contact her at AmandaGiracca AT yahoo.com.