Welcome to the home page of John P. O'Grady. He was born in New Jersey and born again in the mountains of the American West. As an undergraduate he studied forestry, believing that this was a chance to dwell in deep groves and sequestered places, but when he realized resource management is not an appropriate practice for one who delights less in the chainsaw than in the standing oak, he chose to pursue graduate studies in English. For a number of years he served as a professor of literature and environmental studies. He has lived in Maine, California, Idaho, and Montana. Now he's in the Catskill Mountains of New York, where he continues to write and chop firewood. He is author of Pilgrims to the Wild (1993) and Grave Goods: Essays of a Peculiar Nature (2001). Along with his good pals Lorraine Anderson and Scott Slovic, he co-edited Literature and the Environment: A Reader on Nature and Culture (2013). As for the rest of this site, he's working on it.