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Go Green with CSU alumni authors April 24

April 20, 2009

From dumpster diving to family walks through the woods, Laura Pritchett ('93, M.A. '95) and Amy Seidl (M.S. '95) write passionately and personally about our natural world and the changes occurring within it.

In honor of Earth Day, on April 24 they will read from and sign their books. Join us on campus in the atrium of the Natural Resources Building at 4 p.m.

Going Green 
True Tales from Gleaners, Scavengers, and Dumpster Divers
Edited by Laura Pritchett

For Going Green, Pritchett has gathered the work of more than twenty writers to tell their personal stories of dumpster diving, eating road kill, salvaging plastic from the beach, and forgoing another trip to the mall for the thrill of bargain hunting at yard sales and flea markets. These stories look not just at the many ways people glean but also at the larger, thornier issues dealing with what re-using - or not - says about our culture and priorities.

Brimming with practical and creative new ways to think about recycling, this collection invites you to dive in and find your own way of going green.  

Laura Pritchett Bio
Laura Pritchett is the author of a novel, Sky Bridge (winner of the WILLA Literary Award and finalist for the Dublin International Award and the Colorado Book Award) and a collection of short stories, Hell's Bottom, Colorado (winner of the PEN USA award and the Milkweed National Fiction Prize).

Pritchett has had over fifty essays and short stories published in numerous magazines and is editor/co-editor of three books: Home Land: Ranching and a West that Works, Pulse of the River: Colorado Writers Speak for the Endangered Cache la Poudre, and Going Green: True Tales from Gleaners, Scavengers, and Dumpster Divers.

Pritchett received her B.A. and M.A. in English at Colorado State University and her Ph.D. in Contemporary American Literature/Creative Writing at Purdue University. She teaches writing around the country and is a member of the faculty at Denver’s Lighthouse Writers Workshop. She is a board member of the Rocky Mountain Land Library and the Colorado Art Ranch, teaches occasional writing courses, and is a freelance writer.

She lives in Colorado with her family, near the small cattle ranch where she was raised.

Early Spring:
An Ecologist and Her Children Wake to A Warming World

By Amy Seidl

An ecologist and mother brings the overwhelming problem of global warming to a personal level, with a mix of memoir and science. Amy Seidl looks at climate change through family walks in the woods, work in her garden, and seasonal community events throughout the year. As an ecologist, Seidl explains how natural upheaval occurs in the microcosms of our backyards and parks: spring flowers blossom before pollinators arrive, ponds no longer freeze, and animals begin migrating at unexpected times.

She brings home the reality of global warming by considering how it has altered her life, her daughters’ experiences outdoors, and the traditions of her quintessential small New England town - the iconic landscape celebrated by Robert Frost, Norman Rockwell, and many others.  

Amy Seidl Bio
As a practiced ecologist, activist and mother of two girls, Amy Seidl writes with a lucid and passionate eye about the state of life itself in the age of global warming. By drawing on her 20-year career studying ecology, evolution, and butterflies across the North American continent, she illuminates the historical significance and the everyday local impacts of global warming upon the 21st century landscape.

A passionate speaker on contemporary environmental issues, Seidl frequently keynotes and lectures on climate change, renewable energy, local food systems, and the emerging field of sustainability science. Her research in ecological systems and alternative energy makes her a sought-after lecturer on global warming and green design and she emphasizes the need to innovate and build new physical infrastructures that do not rely on fossil fuels.

Seidl received a Doctorate in Biology from the University of Vermont, a Masters in Entomology from Colorado State University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Hampshire College. She has taught in the Environmental Programs at UVM and Middlebury College and is currently a Research Scholar at Middlebury. Amy is married to Daniel Goodyear and they live in Huntington, Vt. with their children in a solar and wind-powered home.


This event is sponsored by Changing Climates @ CSU, the Warner College of Natural Resources, and the Alumni Association.

Changing Climates @ CSU is a network of faculty and researchers from every college at CSU interested in the issues surrounding climate change.

Contact: Beth Etter
Phone: (970) 491-6533