Nancy Sather is a native of northwestern Minnesota's prairie-forest
border. She holds a BS in Philosophy and Biology (Beloit College,
1965), MS in Ecology (University of Minnesota,1980), and MFA in
Creative Writing (Hamline University, 2003). Her interest in human
perceptions of and interactions with the environment is the outgrowth
of work as an extension teacher in Appalachan Kentucky in the
late 1960s, her graduate study of paleoecology, and over two decades'
field experiences as an ecologist with the Minnesota DNR. Her
MFA capstone, Lipstone and Rubber Ice, is a memoir and landscape
history of Minnesota's northern prairie-forest border. She has
taught natural history at Metropolitan State University, interdisciplinary
prairie studies in the Graduate Liberal Studies program at Hamline
University, and nature writing at The Loft Literary Center. In
addition to numerous technical reports on rare species and native
plant communities; her poetry, essays, reviews, and short stories
have been anthologized and published in a number of small literary
Her fellowship at the Center continues work begun in 2004 during
a Residency at the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary studies.
The focus of this research is written descriptions of Minnesota's
landscape prior to Euro-American settlement. Her work at the Center
will result in chapters of an interpretive anthology of early
Minnesota landscape descriptions for the prairie and prairie/parkland
provinces, presenting chronological accounts arranged by ecological
"It is not that we have here a large number
of peculiarly mountain plants, but rather that in their dwarfed
habits of growth, nearly every species observed resembles the
stunted and shrubby growth so familiar to everyone who has traveled
over bare mountain heights"
E.P. Sheldon, Lake Benton, Minnesota, 1891
"Before the Plow"
Tuesday December 6, 2005 (12:00-1:00 p.m.) in SS 230
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