12/03/2017: "Geology, Geography, & Geo-travel In The American West"
7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 4 at the San Juan Island Library: Neil Mathison winner of the 2016 Monandnock Essay Collection Prize and available now from Bauhan Publishing will appear that the San Juan Island Library to discuss
Volcano: an A to Z and Other Essays about Geology, Geography, & Geo-travel In The American West.
"This is an inviting essay collection - full of time, thought, unsentimental feeling, and a clarity of observation that together range far and wide. With beautiful writing, Neil Mathison offers us the benefits of his wild and tamed curiosity - which, as he suggests, may be divine. I'm pleased to chose it as the winner of the Monadnock Essay Collection Prize."
- ALICE B. FOGEL, New Hampshire poet laureate and author of A Doubtful House.
Neil Mathison is an essayist and short-story writer who has been a naval officer, a nuclear engineer, an expatriate businessman living in Hong Kong, a corporate vice-president, and a stay-at-home-dad.
His essays and short stories have appeared in The Kenyon Review, Bosque,The Ontario Review, Georgia Review, Southern Humanities Review, North American Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Agni, Under the Sun, - divide-, Bellowing Ark, Pangolin Papers, Blue Mesa Review, and elsewhere.
Neil was born in Sao Paulo Brazil, grew up in Seattle, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, and ultimately returned to the Northwest where he now lives and writes. Neil’s essay, “Volcano: an A to Z” was recognized as a “notable essay” in Best American Essays 2010. His essay, "Wooden Boat," is a notable essay in Best American Essays 2013 and has been anthologized in California Prose Directory 2014 New Writing from the Golden State. His short story "Cannery" won the Fiction Attic 2013 Short Story Contest and was published in the collection Modern Shorts: 16 Stories from Fiction Attic Press. His collection of essays, Volcano: an A to Z and Other Essays about Geology, Geography, and Geo-Travel in the American West, finalist for the 2013 AWP Nonfiction Book Contest, won the 2016 Bauhan Publishing Monadnock Essay Collection Contest and will be published in June 2017.