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Update, early spring 2022

Update, early spring 2022

Above: Annie Gribbins with some of her husband's emergency rescue gear, which has inspired us to think of new coping strategies as the pandemic winds down. My sister Anne Woodside Gribbins and I have published a new essay about coping strategies in the pandemic age....

Two weeks ago, as thin ice layers melted on the newly fallen leaves in New Hampshire's Crawford Notch, I said goodbye to a group of writers who'd spent the weekend with me for another Writing from the Mountains. These creatives were at varying stages of ideas and...

Symbols in a personal history

Symbols in a personal history

The forgotten Swiss Army knife is a character in my next book. I am writing a wilderness memoir. Appalachian Mountain Club Books will publish this book in a year. Writing personal history means I must do research on my own life. This story involves my two daughters,...

From endurance to hope

From endurance to hope

The last year and a half felt a little like an endurance race without the trail. Mentally I knew how to hold on and keep going, but physically, between the masks and atrial fibrillation—a common affliction of lifelong athletes (and a lot of other people) but which...

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Christine Woodside is a writer from Connecticut who explores people’s relationship to their landscapes.

Her next book is a memoir of taking herself and her young daughters into wild places and how that completely changed her and maybe them. It comes out next year from Appalachian Mountain Club Books.

She always wondered about her grandfather who decided to leave farming after his family had done it for 200 years. So she’s writing a chapter for a new book about New Jersey’s environmental past. It will explore struggles of small farmers in southern New Jersey at the dawn of the industrial age. 

She edits Appalachia journal (submit button at the bottom of the page). 

Chris teaches the history of journalism and wilderness writing at the University of Connecticut. She writes for online and print magazines and edits stories for The Conversation US.

Libertarians on the Prairie, Chris’s book about the lives and collaboration of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her daughter, has established itself in scholarship of the mysterious and gripping “Little House” books. She talks about limited government and the Little House books in this episode of Sean Braswell’s podcast, “Flashback.” Libertarians on the Prairie is available in hardback and a paperback edition with a Foreword by Stephen Heuser.  Order one today.

 

Going back in time a bit: Chris appears throughout Don Bernier’s 2005 film, “In a Nutshell,” about a brilliant, eccentric artist who found herself homeless in her 90s. A clip here.

 

 

Writing Workshops

Chris’s next writing workshop is Writing from the Mountains for the Appalachian Mountain Club, October 28-30 at Cardigan Lodge in Alexandria, New Hampshire.

New Wilderness Voices

New Wilderness Voices

Collected Essays from the Waterman Fund Contest Christine Woodside, editor; Amy Seidl, foreword A literary celebration of the Northeast’s wild places Guy and Laura Waterman spent a lifetime reflecting on and writing about the mountains of the Northeast. The Waterman...

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My Secret Ledge

My Secret Ledge

Photo of the ledge by Christopher Zajac for Estuary magazine. When I go there now, two or three times every week, I walk to the end of one road and trudge up a broken old woods road into the state forest. I step over ruts, where puddles linger long and narrow in dirt...

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