Dr. Rick Van Noy


Rick Van Noy is the author of several books, including Sudden Spring: Stories of Adaptation in a Climate Changed South (2019), one of Book Riot’s best environmental books for readers who want to save the planetA Natural Sense of Wonder: Connecting Kids with Nature Through the Seasons (2008), winner of the Southern Environmental Law Center’s 2009 Reed award for “outstanding writing on the Southern environment”; and Surveying the Interior: Literary Cartographers and the Sense of Place (2003). 

His work has been anthologized in Teaching the Literature of Climate Change, Teaching Hemingway in the Natural World, Coming into McPhee Country: John McPhee and the Art of Literary Nonfiction, The Greening of Literary Scholarship, Writers by the River: Reflections on 40+ Years of the Highland Summer Conference, Mountains Piled upon Mountains: New Appalachian Nature Writing, Thinking Continental: Writing Local in a Global World, and Companions to Wonder: Children and Adults Exploring Nature Together. And it has appeared in Orion, Creative Nonfiction, Terrain.org, Yes!, Blue Ridge Country, Watershed, Cold Mountain Review, and Iron Mountain Review.

He teaches courses in the environmental humanities, creative nonfiction, professional writing, and American literature.

Contact: rvannoy@radford.edu