STEVEN PAVLOS HOLMES is a scholar, researcher, educator, and editor with broad interests in environmental history and culture, especially the personal and religious meanings of the natural world. After graduate study in philosophy and in religion, Steve earned a doctorate in U.S. cultural history from Harvard University and has taught courses in the environmental humanities at Harvard, the Cambridge (Mass.) Center for Adult Education, and Babson College. His first book, The Young John Muir: An Environmental Biography (University of Wisconsin Press, 1999), won the Modern Language Association’s Prize for Independent Scholars, and he has presented further research and reflection on Muir and on environmental life-writing via numerous articles and conference papers and workshops. Outside of academia, Steve has collaborated on innovative literary and historical projects with The Wilderness Society (the Maine Voices project and anthology), Blue Ocean Institute (Sea Stories online journal), and Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center (the Healing Landscape book and exhibits, among other projects). He also edited Facing the Change: Personal Encounters with Global Warming (Torrey House Press, 2013). Current scholarly interests include the long, strange genesis of John Muir’s “first book,” The Mountains of California, and the connections between mental health and the natural world. He lives with his partner Carlene Pavlos in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.

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