Paul Bogard is a widely published author of journalism, creative nonfiction, and scholarship whose work has appeared in Outside, Audubon, and Backpacker, the Minneapolis StarTribune, and the Albuquerque Journal. His night-related essays have appeared in Creative Nonfiction (“The Path and Pull of the Moon,” named in 2010 as a notable essay by Best American Essays), the Gettysburg Review (“Hearing Moon and Starlight”), and elsewhere. The International Dark-Sky Association recently commissioned his article, “The Inspiration and Influence of the Night Sky Throughout Literature,” for their Catch a Falling Star: A Comprehensive Guide to Light Pollution.
Bogard is the editor of Let There Be Night: Testimony on Behalf of the Dark (U of Nevada P, 2008), an anthology that gathers together twenty-nine original essays by scientists, poets, nature writers, and scholars to help us understand the value of darkness and the threats of light pollution. Sandra Steingraber, author of Living Downstream, writes of Let There Be Night, “From the inner workings of the melatonin-secreting pineal gland to the mating habits of fireflies and the epiphanies of stargazing, here is a natural history of night.”
In addition to his written work, Bogard has presented on darkness and light pollution at conferences, universities and colleges, nature centers, national parks, bookstores, and churches around the country.
Bogard earned his doctorate in Literature and Environment at the University of Nevada, Reno. His annual interdisciplinary course at Northland College titled “Acquainted with the Night,” designed to offer students “an experience that will forever change the way you experience night,” regularly filled to capacity. He now teaches writing at Wake Forest University in North Carolina.