Local writer receives John Burroughs Nature Essay Award

Jenn Dean won the 2018 John Burroughs Nature Essay Award for Outstanding Natural History Writing.

  • Tuesday, May 29, 2018 8:30am
  • Life

Local writer Jenn Dean, of Carnation, Washington, was awarded the 2018 John Burroughs Nature Essay Award for Outstanding Natural History Writing for her essay, “The Keepers of the Ghost Bird,” published by the Massachusetts Review last October in their online Working Titles series.

The essay chronicles the astonishing rediscovery of the Bermuda petrel. The award was presented at the Yale Club in New York City on April 2, 2018.

Ms. Dean, who holds an MFA in Literature and Non-Fiction from the Bennington Writing Seminars Program, is currently at work on book about the Snoqualmie Valley, loosely modeled on Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. Readers can find links to the essay, and her other work, on her website at www.jenndean.com.