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Nick Neely: "Alta California"

The CSUS Alumni Board invites you to a Pop-Up Event
An Evening with Nick Neely ’03
Author of Alta California

Tuesday, November 12 at 6:30 pm
Upper School Mansion Conference Room
(light refreshments will be served)

Nick will be reading from and discussing his new book, Alta California, which chronicles his 650-mile journey on foot from San Diego to San Francisco following the path of the 18th century Portola Expedition.  

Reviewer and author Miriam Pawel describes the book as “Part travelogue, part historical chronicle, part personal meditation, Alta California blends research with wry observations as Nick Neely deftly meanders from south to north, from the eighteenth century to the twenty-first. It’s a book that will change how readers view the California coast.”

The Kirkus Review calls it “A sprawling record of a unique adventure.”

The book will be published on November 5 and will be available at the event (you can preorder on Amazon).


More about Nick

Nicky Neely '03

Nick received an MA from the Literature and Environment program at the University of Nevada, Reno, in 2009, and afterward spent six months living in the woods of Oregon’s Rogue River Canyon as the recipient of PEN Northwest’s Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency. Following stints at High Country News and Audubon magazine, he completed an MFA in nonfiction from Hunter College and an MFA in poetry from Columbia University, where he taught in the Undergraduate Writing Program.
His work is published in magazines such as Orion, Mother Jones, Kenyon Review, The Threepenny Review, The Georgia Review, The Southern Review, The Missouri Review, Harvard Review, Fourth Genre, FIELD, Ninth Letter, Ecotone, and River Teeth. A chapbook of lyrical animal essays, Chiton, and Other Creatures, is also available from New Michigan Press. He has held residencies at the Djerassi Resident Artist Program and the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology on the Oregon coast. He is also the recipient of the 2015 John Burroughs Nature Essay Award (for his essay “The Book of Agate”), an AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award (for his article on the Cassia crossbill), and a UC Berkeley-11th Hour Food and Farming Journalism Fellowship.
He lives in Hailey, Idaho with his wife, the painter Sarah Bird, and their children.


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