Michael Branch


Michael P. Branch is Professor of Literature and Environment at the University of Nevada, Reno. He has published five books and more than 200 essays, articles, and reviews, and his creative nonfiction has appeared in magazines including Utne ReaderOrionEcotoneHawk and Handsaw, and Whole Terrain. He has had pieces recognized as Notable Essays in The Best American EssaysThe Best American Science and Nature Writing, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. His essay series, Rants from the Hill, appears monthly at hcn.org. A confirmed desert rat, Mike lives with his wife and two daughters at 6,000 feet in the remote western Nevada desert, where the Great Basin and Sierra Nevada meet. For more, visit Mike’s website.

Rants from the Hill: Sorry, Utah
A diatribe in which balloons are trashed
Rants from the Hill: The silence of desert greetings
How we say howdy in Silver Hills
Rants from the Hill: The leprechaun trap
Rants from the Hill: The leprechaun trap
Quality mischief comes to the Ranting Hill
Rants from the Hill: Anecdote of the Jeep
On the power of trash to reorganize space
Rants from the Hill: Words and Clouds
A Rant Considering Rants
Rants from the Hill: Chickenfeathers strikes water
Witching wells in the desert
Rants from the Hill: After 10,000 years
A summit view of the nuclear West
Rants from the Hill: How many bars in your cell?
Dispatches from digital terra incognita
Rants from the Hill: On the construction of a hillbilly cyborg
The author's "bovinification" via oral surgery
Rants from the Hill: Ground truthing the "Peaceable Kingdom"
In which the Ranting Hill is overrun by an army of rodents
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