Stories nurture our connection to place and to each other. They show us where we have been and where we can go. They remind us of how to be human, how to live alongside the other lives that animate this planet. … When we lose stories, our understanding of the world is less rich, less true.
–Susan J. Tweit, Walking Nature Home
Writing is my way of loving life, of expressing my terraphilia. It’s that simple. My twelve books, twenty-plus years of weekly newspaper columns and radio commentaries, articles and essays for magazines and newspapers, anthologies I’ve contributed to, interpretive signs and displays, road guides, and my presentations are suffused with the joy I feel at being alive and part of the astonishingly rich living community we call Earth. My work reflects my sense of wonder at how life–the capital ‘L’ stuff–goes about its business in a myriad of diverse ways, all aimed at making a place for each individual life and its genes on this planet.
Writing is also my way of telling the stories I see in the landscapes around me, of giving voice to the community of the land and to our place in it. It’s my vocation as well as my passion, my practice of witnessing to my experience and the experience of all of those lives whose voices we don’t easily hear.
Please explore these pages to sample my books and find anthologies that include my work. I’ll add other writing as I can, and eventually hope to add audio and video clips as well. Let me know what you think!
Perhaps home is wherever we give as much as we get, the way flocks of sandhill cranes fertilize the ground where they feed and roost, any place where our voices linger in story and song and the memories of our sojourn stir hearts long after we are gone, regardless of whether we were born there or how long we stay.
–Susan J. Tweit, The San Luis Valley: Sand Dunes and Sandhill Cranes