I’m Adrienne Ross Scanlan, an award-winning writer, nonfiction editor of the Blue Lyra Review, and author of the Turning Homeward: Restoring Nature in the Urban Wild (Mountaineer Books).  I’ve explored the Pacific Northwest’s nature (inside or outside the city) as a lay naturalist, a restoration volunteer, and a citizen scientist. From these and other experiences have come nature writing, personal essays, and other creative nonfiction published in The Fourth River, Pilgrimage, Under the Sun, the American Nature Writing anthologies, A Natural History of Now: reports from the edge of nature, and other publications.   I’ve received an Artist Trust Literature Fellowship, a Seattle Arts Commission literary award, and my essay “Salvage” was recognized as “notable” in the Best American Science and Nature Writing 2002.

“Joyfully welcome a new voice in a new generation of nature writers. Adrienne Ross Scanlan’s journey from New York City’s beaches to Seattle’s salmon streams, from winter to spring, from Yom Kippur to Purim, from searching to celebration, continually delights, surprises, and inspires.”

                                   – Kathleen Dean Moore, author, Wild Comfort


Turning Homeward – Restoring Hope and Nature in the Urban Wild, is a place-based, narrative nonfiction book about the journey of a newcomer to the Pacific Northwest who learns that home isn’t where you live but where you create belonging by repairing the nature that is close to our lives.  Turning Homeward will be available from independent bookstores, Amazon (where it’s available for pre-order), and other venues in September 2016.

I live in Seattle, WA with my husband (a scientist and former English major), whom I met at a swing dance, and our daughter.  I’m a backyard city farmer (no chickens but plenty of strawberries) and a not-too-bad chess player who wakes every morning to the beautiful music of Artie Shaw playing “Begin the Beguine.”