I grew up on the north coast of Ohio and studied creative writing and photography at Hiram College. I have thru hiked the Appalachian Trail (2013), Continental Divide Trail (2015), Pacific Crest Trail (2016), Haute Route (2017), and Centennial Trail (2018) and received my M.F.A. in creative writing and environment from Iowa State University in 2020. 

I write fiction and nonfiction about ecological issues, particularly the ways human animals affect and are affected by the environment: how we see it, move through it, are beholden to it, and the choices it forces us to make.





"Frozen Shores" Footnote: A Literary Journal of History  issue 6  (forthcoming) fall 2021

"Tassel Hill" The Hopper issue 6.1 (forthcoming) spring 2021


"Queen SacrificeBirdcoat Quarterly issue /5  March 2021


Book reviews:

Jen Hirt's Hear Me Ohio  March 2021

Dara McAnulty's Diary of a Young Naturalist  Sierra  January 2021


Matthew Ferrence's Appalachia North  Shoreline (Split Rock Reveiw)  October 2020


"Backpacking on the Cheap"  Sierra  March/April 2021: 16


"Gear That Goes the Distance"  Sierra  November/December 2020: 2-3


"An FKT on Appalachia's Little-Known Sheltowee Trail"  Trail Runner  October 2014


© 2020 Brendan Curtinrich

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