STEVEN PAVLOS HOLMES is a scholar, researcher, traveler, and editor with broad interests in environmental history and culture, especially the personal and religious meanings of the natural world. He earned a doctorate in U.S. cultural history from Harvard University, has taught at Harvard, the Cambridge (Mass.) Center for Adult Education, and Babson College, and has collaborated on innovative literary and historical projects with The Wilderness Society, the Blue Ocean Institute, and Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center. 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 papers and workshops on Muir and on environmental life-writing at numerous academic and literary conferences. In 2013, he edited Facing the Change: Personal Encounters with Global Warming (Torrey House Press), and in the same year began a continuing collaboration with the Boston Nature Center entitled “A Healing Landscape,” exploring the environmental and social history of the site of the BNC. Beyond the environmental humanities, other recent work has ranged from research support for a scholarly project on the “Great American Novel” to editing and publishing assistance on a study of the chattris of Rajasthan. Current projects include research into the genesis of John Muir’s first book, The Mountains of California, and more exploration of local Boston environmental and cultural history. He lives with his partner Carlene Pavlos in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, where he is Scholar-in-Residence at the Boston Nature Center.
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