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Peter Lourie


  • 1989 M.F.A. nonfiction, Columbia University School of the Arts
  • 1978 M.A. English Literature, University of Maine
  • 1975 B.A. classics, New York University



  • Nonfiction Writing, Middlebury College, 2010-2019, including courses: Environment Lit Workshop; Writing the Environment; Writing the Journey; Adventure Writing & Digital Storytelling; Get Outdoors: Environmental & Adventure Writing.
  • Literary Travel Writing, University of Vermont 1990-1992
  • Freshman Composition (Logic & Rhetoric), Columbia College 1987-1989
  • Adventure & Environment School Programs in Elementary and Middle Schools
  • 1992---present, around the country:
  • Professional Development Keynotes & Workshops to Teachers 
  • Medium Posts
  • Member, Society of Environmental Journalists
  • Fellow, Explorers Club



  • Locked in Ice: Nansen’s Daring Quest for the North Pole, Henry Holt, 2019
  • Jack London and the Klondike Gold Rush, Henry Holt, 2017
  • Polar Bear Scientist -- Houghton Mifflin, 2015 paperback
  • The Manatee Scientists: Saving Vulnerable Species -- Houghton Mifflin, 2011 2016 paperback
  • Writing to Explore: Discovering Adventure in the Research Paper Grades 3-8 (with David Somoza) Stenhouse Publishers, 2010
  • Whaling Season: A Year in the Life of an Arctic Whale Scientist, Houghton Mifflin, 2009
  • On the Texas Trail of Cabeza de Vaca, Boyds Mills Press, 2008.
  • Arctic Thaw: People of the Whale in a Changing Climate, Boyds Mills Press 2007
  • The Lost World of the Anasazi, Boyds Mills Press, 2007 Hidden World of the Aztec, Boyds Mills Press, 2006 First Dive to Shark Dive, Boyds Mills Press, 2006
  • The Mystery of the Maya, Boyds Mills Press, 2004
  • Tierra del Fuego: A Journey to the End of the Earth, Boyds Mills Press, 2004
  • Lost Treasure of the Inca, Boyds Mills Press, 2002
  • On the Trail of Lewis and Clark: A Journey up the Missouri River, Boyds Mills, 2002
  • On the Trail of Sacagawea, Boyds Mills Press, 2001
  • The Lost Treasure of Captain Kidd (novel), Boyds Mills Press, 2000
  • Mississippi River: A Journey Down the Father of Waters, Boyds Mills Press, 2000
  • Rio Grande: From the Rocky Mountains to the Gulf of Mexico, Boyds Mills, 1999
  • Sweat of the Sun, Tears of the Moon: A Chronicle of an Incan Treasure (nonfiction for adults) Atheneum 1991; (paperback) Bison Books, University of Nebraska Press, 1998)
  • Erie Canal: Canoeing America's Great Waterway, Boyds Mills Press, 1997
  • River of Mountains: A Canoe Journey Down the Hudson (nonfiction for adults), Syracuse University Press, 1995
  • Everglades: Buffalo Tiger and the River of Grass, Boyds Mills Press, 1994
  • Yukon River: An Adventure to the Gold Fields of the Klondike, Boyds Mills, 1994 
  • Hudson River: An Adventure from the Mountains to the Sea, Boyds Mills Press, 1992 
  • Amazon: A Journey Through the Last Frontier, Boyds Mills Press, 1991



  • photos in National Geographic Traveler and Smithsonian Magazine
  • photographer for 27 books



  • Arctic Stories: Funded by the National Science Foundation, and housed at Purdue University's Climate Change Research Center, this site is an ongoing collection of video interviews with people who work and live in the Arctic.
  • Icebreaker Stories: Funded by NSF, this is footage from one month aboard Canada’s biggest Icebreaker the CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent in the Beaufort Sea with 82 crew and scientists studying oceanography of the changing Arctic Seas.  Beaufort Gyre Exploration Project
  • Fall 2016 Icebreaker Dispatches Written here for Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute




Course List: 

Courses offered in the past four years.
indicates offered in the current term
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CRWR 0173 / ENVS 0173 - Environmental Lit Workshop      

Environmental Lit Workshop: Environmentalist Literature and Action
Some would say we live in supremely disturbing times. A pandemic; the sixth extinction; fascism within democracies and militant nationalisms; climate apartheid, and a political economy based around the commodification and exploitation of people and the earth. In this course careful reading and analysis is paired with literary conversation and action. Course readings represent a wide array of environmental justice in differing genres. While we respond to assigned texts, we will simultaneously write our way toward an environmental literature of our own design. 3 hrs. lect. ART LIT

Fall 2019

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CRWR 0560 - Special Project: Writing      

Special Project: Creative Writing
Approval Required.

Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021

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CRWR 1005 - Adventure Writing      

Adventure Writing & Digital Storytelling
In this class we will explore the adventure narrative in the digital age. Equipped with laptop, camera, audio recorder, and video camera—the tools of today's investigative journalists—students will undertake their own adventure in the Middlebury area (anything from dog sledding to back-country skiing to ice-fishing on Lake Champlain), then sharpen their skills as writers, focusing on setting, character, history, and narrative thread. We will read adventure narratives and write in the adventure-travel genre, incorporating interviews, photos, audio, and video files in the final writing project. This course can count as an introductory CRWR workshop. (Approval required; please complete an application form available on the following website: Video and audio equipment supplied by the college. Not open to students who have taken INTD 1105. LIT WTR

Winter 2017, Winter 2018, Winter 2019, Winter 2020

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ENVS 0388 / CRWR 0388 - Environmental Writing      

Writing the Environment in the Digital Age
In this course we will explore the environmental narrative in the digital age. Equipped with laptop, camera, audio and video recorders–the tools of today’s investigative journalists–students will undertake their own environmental investigation in the Middlebury area (anything from wind energy to bat disappearance to land-use along rivers), then sharpen their skills as writers, focusing on setting, character, history and narrative thread. Students will read from a wide selection of environmental authors including Andy Revkin, Elizabeth Kolbert, Tim Robinson, Michael Pollan, Gretel Ehrlich, Rick Bass, Bill McKibben, Annie Dillard, Carl Safina, and Barry Lopez, and write in the environmental genre, incorporating interviews, photos, and audio and video files in the final writing projects. (ENVS 215 and CRWR 170 or CRWR 173) Approval required. (Video and audio equipment supplied by the college) Approval required; please apply online at 3 hrs. sem. ART

Fall 2019

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Department of English & American Literatures

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