Robert Root

Robert Root is an essayist and memoirist as well as a teacher of creative nonfiction. His nature essays have been collected in Postscripts: Retrospections on Time and Place and his full-length creative nonfiction includes Recovering Ruth: A Biographer’s Tale, Following Isabella: Travels in Colorado Then and Now, and Walking Home Ground: In the Footsteps of Muir, Leopold, and Derleth. He is the editor of “‘Time by Moments Steals Away’: The 1848 Journal of Ruth Douglass” and “How to Develop Your Personality: The Buffalo Courier-Express Column April 5-August 14, 1937" by Betsy Root, his grandmother, as well as the co-editor of Diaries of an Isle Royale Fisherman by Elling A. Seglem. He has been an artist-in-residence at Isle Royale, Rocky Mountain, and Acadia National Parks. He is also the author of E. B. White: The Emergence of an Essayist and The Nonfictionist’s Guide: On Reading and Writing Creative Nonfiction. His memoir, Happenstance, is a meditation on identity through images. His website is