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Holly Haworth

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Creative Writing & First-Year Writing

Holly Haworth's essays, reporting, and poetry appear in The New York Times Magazine, Orion, Oxford American, Literary Hub, Lapham's Quarterly, Nautilus, Sierra,, The Utne Reader, Virginia Quarterly Review, and at the On Being radio program blog. Her forthcoming book This Resounding World: A Field Guide to Listening (Bloomsbury) received a Robert B. Silvers Foundation Grant for Works in Progress. Her first collection of poems, The Way the Moon, is forthcoming from Mercer. 

Haworth received her MFA from Hollins University, where she was a Jackson Fellow. She is a recipient of the Middlebury Fellowship in Environmental Journalism. She has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize. Her work has been listed as notable in The Best American Travel Writing and included in The Best American Science and Nature Writing.


Listening Certification. Seek Healing, Asheville, NC, 2022.

MFA in Creative Writing, Hollins University, 2015.

Southern Appalachian Naturalist Certificate, Great Smoky Mountains Institute, 2015.

B.A. in English (rhetoric and writing); minor in philosophy. University of Tennessee, 2005.


Research Interests:

Environmental Studies


Poetry & Poetics

Creative Nonfiction

Literary Reportage

Selected Publications:

Selected Publications

"What an Oyster Hears: Listening for Sounds of Coastal Restoration." Nautilus magazine. Summer 2023.


"Foraging in the Archives." Arnoldia. Summer 2023: 53-60.


“Once Upon a High Lonesome: Listening for a Cry in the Night.” Oxford American. Winter 2022: 76-83. 


“Beyond Survival of the Fittest: How Cooperation Sparks Creative Adaptation.” Creative Nonfiction. Winter 2022: 74-7. 


“Mountains Walking: The Long Journey of Mt. Mitchell’s Ancient Forests.” Sierra. Winter 2021: 46-8.


“Bodies of Knowledge: Dissecting the Mysteries of Nature.” Orion. Fall 2021: 30-8.


“Billionaires Do Not Need to Go to Space.” Sierra magazine web exclusive. July 16, 2021. 


“The Song of the Cicada.” Sierra magazine web exclusive. June 17, 2021. 


“Lessons in Breathing.” Sierra magazine. September/October 2020. 


“The Days Are Walking.” Oxford American. Summer/Fall 2020: 54-9.


“The Language of Extinction.” In These Times. June 2020: 35-7.


“Undefined Waters: Words from My Wet Land.” Sierra Magazine web exclusive. March 21,2020.


“Letter of Recommendation: Crickets.” The New York Times Magazine. August 25, 2019: 26-7.


“Creative Economies in the Coal Fields.” Orion magazine. Summer 2019: 38-48. 


“Deep In Time: Standing Still in the Age of Fossil Fuels.” The Utne Reader, republished from Orion. Summer 2019: 18-27.


“At the News of Merwin’s passing,” Orion blog. March 18, 2019.


“The Fading Stars: A Constellation.” Lapham’s Quarterly. Winter 2019. 


“Deep In Time: Standing Still in the Age of Fossil Fuels.” Orion. Summer 2018: 42-9.


“The Unbearable Lightness of Being My Father.” Oxford American. Summer 2018:  62-7.


“Pacific Passages.” Lapham’s Quarterly RoundTable. February 12, 2018. 


“Seven Words for Sustenance and Gnawing.” August 27, 2017.  


“Letter to America.” April 20, 2017. 


“The Soft Things.” Oxford American. Summer 2017: 20-23. 


“Unseen Fruit.” Orion. November/December 2016. 


“Desert Histories.” Orion. May/June 2016: 64. 


Book contributions

“A Return to Feeling.” Essay in Solastalgia: An Anthology of Emotion in a Disappearing World. University of Virginia Press, 2023.  


“The Fading Stars: A Constellation.” Essay in The Best American Science and Nature Writing, edited by Sy Montgomery. Houghton-Mifflin, 2019. 


“Through the Burning World You Blazed.” Poem in A Literary Field Guide to Southern Appalachia, ed. by Rose McLarney & Laura-Gray Street. UGA Press, 2019. 


“A Complicated Belonging.” Essay accompanying Jeff Rich’s book of photographs Watershed: The Tennessee River, Fall Line Press, 2017. 

Of note:

Robert B. Silvers Foundation Grant for Works in Progress for This Resounding World: A Field Guide to Listening (forthcoming, Bloomsbury) • 2023

The Best American Science & Nature Writing • essay in 2019 anthology

Pushcart Prize nomination from  • 2017

The Best American Travel Writing • notable essay in 2017 anthology

Guadalupe Mountains National Park Artist-in-Residence • Summer 2015

Pushcart Prize nomination from Still: The Journal  • 2015

Jackson Fellowship in Creative Writing • Hollins University 2013

Fellowship in Environmental Journalism  • Middlebury College 2011

Articles Featuring Holly Haworth

Creative Writing Program graduate student, Holly Haworth has won the prestigious 2023 Robert B. Silvers Foundation grant for her upcoming book. The Robert B. Silvers Foundation is a charitable trust established at the bequest of the late Robert B.

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