Barbara Hurd
Barbara Hurd  
An essay “not bound to its origins can become something that matters less for the situation it represents and more for what it—tough, resilient, lenslike—does, which is to rearrange the past and make possible a larger question, something perhaps about complicity, maybe forgiveness.”
from Barbara Hurd’s “Lime Sea Glass” in Walking the Wrack Line:
On Tidal Shifts and What Remains
Barbara Hurd is the author of
  • Listening to the Savage / River Notes and Half-Heard Melodies (forthcoming 2016)
  • Tidal Rhythms: Change and Resilience at the Edge of the Sea (with photographer Stephen Strom, forthcoming 2016)
  • Stepping into the Same River Twice (with artist Patricia Hilton) 2013
  • Walking the Wrack Line: On Tidal Shifts and What Remains (2008)
  • Entering the Stone: On Caves and Feeling Through the Dark, a Library Journal Best Natural History Book of the Year (2003)
  • The Singer's Temple (2003)
  • Stirring the Mud: On Swamps, Bogs, and Human Imagination, a Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2001 (2001)
  • Objects in this Mirror (1994)
Her essays have appeared in numerous journals including
  • Best American Essays 1999
  • Best American Essays 2001
  • The Yale Review
  • The Georgia Review
  • Orion, Audubon and others
The recipient of an NEA Fellowship for Creative Nonfiction, winner of the Sierra Club’s National Nature Writing Award, three Pushcart Prizes, five Maryland State Arts Council Awards, and a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship, she teaches in the MFA in Writing Program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.