David Gessner is the author of eleven books that blend a love of nature, humor, memoir, and environmentalism, including Leave It As It Is: A Journey Through Theodore Roosevelt’s American Wilderness; New York Times-bestselling All the Wild That Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner and the American West, the award-winning The Tarball Chronicles, and others. In 2003, Gessner taught Environmental Writing as a Briggs-Copeland Lecturer at Harvard. He now serves as the Chair of the Creative Writing Department at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington where he is also the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the literary magazine, Ecotone. His awards include the Pushcart Prize, the John Burroughs Award for Best Nature Essay, the Association for Study of Literature and the Environment’s award for best book of creative writing, and the Reed Award for Best Book on the Southern Environment. In 2017, he hosted the National Geographic explorer show, “The Call of the Wild”.