Molly Murfee, M.A.

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Nature Writing Faculty

Education
B.A., Tulane University, English – Creative Writing Emphasis, 1991
M.A., Colorado State University, English – Nature Writing & Environmental Literature Emphasis, 1995
Email
mmurfee@western.edu
Office Location
Remote

Biography

Creative nonfiction and place-based author Molly Murfee is a freelance writer, field educator and outdoor guide. Her essays specialize in nature and environmental writing cut with cultural and societal critique.

Writing from a tiny high mountain haven buried in the rural heart of the Southern Rocky Mountains, Molly’s favorite muse is wilderness and its inherent metaphor, especially as it winds through the passion and tenacity of mountain people living in the rhythms of their untamed home.

She believes writing is a powerful tool--able to educate and entertain, placate or infuriate, speak equally to a politician or a housewife. With a fundamental drive to connect people to their place, themselves and their communities, Molly’s deep desire is that her words incite readers to become vehicles for positive environmental, social and cultural change in the crucial matters of our time such as the preservation of our wild places and the assurance of human rights.

To this end her creative nonfiction essays and articles offer an alternative perspective and commentary on both current and timeless topics involving wilderness, environmental issues, connecting to nature, disconnecting from technology, mountain and outdoor culture, sustainability, stewardship, community, mythology, philosophy, modern culture, natural history, human rights, communication and beyond. Molly is currently working on a book compilation of these essays and stories.

Exploring these themes in a pithier and more readily accessible format, Molly devotedly pens her regular op-ed column and blog, Earth Muffin Memos. With thought-provoking and informative creative essays, Earth Muffin Memos motivates and inspires readers to dig deeper and become better citizens on this planet.

With over 500 published articles, her regional and national bylines range from The Mountain Gazette to Powder Magazine. Locally she served as the predominate feature writer and editor of the arts, entertainment and culture publication, the Crested Butte Weekly, and continues to serve her community by writing regularly for the Crested Butte News and Crested Butte Magazine.  

As an educator, Molly specializes in the incorporation of outdoor experiential education into the world of academia, utilizing the wilderness experience to weave thoughtful and strong heart strings between students and the natural world that surrounds them. To this end she served as a faculty in field programs with Colorado College (where she co-taught with Terry Tempest Williams and Brooke Williams), Colorado State University, the Audubon Expedition Institute at Lesley University (now transformed into the Expedition Education Institute at Marlboro College), and Colorado Outward Bound teaching creative writing, environmental literature, environmental studies, environmental education, outdoor adventure skills, and Leave No Trace ethics, across the United States, Mexico, Canada and the Bahamas.

In her home community Molly volunteers as a creative activist with such organizations as High Country Conservation Advocates, protecting the health and natural beauty of the land, rivers and wildlife in and around Gunnison County; and the low-impact backcountry travel educational program, Mountain Manners. She was a presenter and contributing organizer to the Association for the Study of Literature & the Environment in its infancy in the mid-1990s, and more recently a recipient of a Colorado Creative Industries grant.

More on Molly can be found at www.mollymurfee.com.