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: Ground truthing the "Peaceable Kingdom"
In which the Ranting Hill is overrun by an army of rodents
Rants from the Hill: The Hills are Alive
In which the Great Basin is reimagined as the Austrian alps
Rants from the Hill: Lucy the Desert Cat
On learning to live with the not-so-wildlife
Rants from the Hill: A visit from the Mary Kay lady
Mud season brings an unexpected visitor to the ranting hill
Rants from the Hill: What would Edward Abbey do?
The desert rat as guiding light for mountain men
Rants from the Hill: Running into winter
On becoming the "Mercury of Silver Hills"
Rants from the Hill: The Ghost of Silver Hills
Documenting the discovery of an high desert man cave
Rants from the Hill: In Defense of Missiles
On hurling things from a Nevada hilltop
Rants from the Hill: Walking to California
The invisible line between the Silver and Golden states
Rants from the Hill: Customer Cranky
Encounters with the Postal (dis)Service
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