Adrienne Ross Scanlan

Adrienne Ross Scanlan

Biography: For over twenty years, Adrienne Ross Scanlan has immersed herself as a volunteer in all things nature, as a citizen scientist monitoring salmon runs for county and local agencies, a restoration volunteer salvaging native plants and removing invasive weeds, and as a docent at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle and Wolf Haven in Tenino, Washington. She’s tracked Seattle’s urban peregrines for the Falcon Research Group and spent more than a few full moon nights with a “howling brigade” surveying Washington’s Cascade Mountains for wolves. These and many other adventures in the near-wild form the basis of her writing life.

Scanlan’s work has appeared in a variety of literary publications, including City Creatures, Pilgrimage, The Fourth River, Tikkun, Under the Sun, LabLit, and Tiny Lights—alongside such renowned writers as Barry Lopez, Edward O. Wilson, Marge Piercy, Ursula K. LeGuin, Adrienne Rich, and Scott Russell Sanders. She received a Seattle Arts Commission award (1996) and an Artist Trust Washington State Literature Fellowship (2001), and her essays have been included in the Best American Science and Nature Writing 2002 (Natalie Angier, guest editor), the American Nature Writing anthology series, and the Prentice Hall Reader. She also is the nonfiction editor of the online magazine, Blue Lyra Review (

• Hometown: Seattle, WA (Phinney Ridge neighborhood)
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