Creative Writing

David Gessner

professor & department chair
Kenan Hall 1208 | 910.962.7489 |

David Gessner


BA, Harvard College, 1983
MA, University of Colorado, 1998



 All the Wild that RemainsTarballMy Green


  • Reed Environmental Writing Award. The Tarball Chronicles was chosen as best book on the Southern environment 2012. Presented by the Southern Environmental Law Center.
  • University of North Carolina Wilmington CAS Faculty Research Award in 2012. Award for outstanding contributions in research over the previous eighteen months.
  • The Association of Literature and the Environment's Award for the Best Book of Creative Writing on the Environment for the years 2011-2012
  • John Burroughs Award for Best Nature Essay. Accepted at American Museum of Natural History, NY, NY, on April 2, 2007.
  • Pushcart Prize 2006. Published in Pushcart Prize XXX 2006.

David Gessner is the author of twelve books, including Return of the Osprey, which was chosen by the Boston Globe as one of the top ten nonfiction books of the year and the Book-of-the-Month club as one of its top books of the year.

  • Download an excerpt of David Gessner's work (PDF).
  • Read David's 'advantages of failure' piece about the power of a daily writing practice on LitHub.
  • Listen to David Gessner read on NPR's 'This I Believe' series.
  • Watch David Gessner 1) 'transform' before a group of students during a lecture, and 2) recount his demise as a bookstore employee.