Writer, Poet, and Naturalist Jarod K. Anderson in Conversation with Award-Winning Essayist Amy Butcher!

Thursday, September 12, 2024 - 7:00pm
Gramercy Books
2424 East Main Street
Bexley, OH 43209

Join writer, poet, and naturalist Jarod K. Anderson for the launch of his new memoir, Something in the Woods Loves You, an inspiring blend of nature writing and memoir that explores nature’s crucial role in our emotional and mental health. Anderson will be in conversation with award-winning essayist, author of Mothertrucker, and Denison University scholar Amy Butcher.

Registration is on Eventbrite. The purchase of Something in the Woods Loves You waives the $5 registration fee.

DENISON UNIVERSITY’S ENGLISH DEPARTMENT is Gramercy’s Community Partner for this author program.

Bats can hear shapes, plants can eat light, and bees can dance maps. When his life took him to a painfully dark place, the poet behind The Cryptonaturalist, Jarod K. Anderson, found comfort and redemption in these facts and the shift in perspective that comes from paying a new kind of attention to nature. 

Something in the Woods Loves You tells the story of the darkest stretch of a young person’s life, and how deliberate and meditative encounters with plants and animals helped him see the light at every turn. Ranging from optimistic contemplations of mortality to appreciations of a single mushroom, Anderson has written a lyrical love letter to the natural world and given us the tools to see it all anew. 

Jarod K. Anderson is a writer, poet, and creator of The CryptoNaturalist Podcast. He has built a large audience of social media followers and podcast listeners with his strange, vibrant appreciations of nature. His books of poems are Field Guide to the Haunted Forest, Love Notes from the Hollow Tree, and Leaf Litter. He lives in Ohio between a forest and a cemetery. 

Amy Butcher is an award-winning essayist and the recipient of a 2024 Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. Her most recent book, Mothertrucker, interrogates the realities of female fear, abusive relationships, and America’s quiet epidemic of intimate partner violence set against the geography of remote, northern Alaska. She earned her MFA from the University of Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program and is the recipient of Colgate University's Olive B. O'Connor Creative Writing Fellowship in nonfiction as well as grants and awards from the Vermont Studio Center, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and several others. She is an Associate Professor of English at Denison University and teaches annually at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival and the Sitka Fine Arts Camp in Sitka, Alaska. She splits her time between Columbus, Ohio and Alaska.