Rock climbing in Grand Ledge, MI (photo by Richard Button)

Rachael Shay Button hails from Metro Detroit but currently lives with her husband in a cabin beside the Eastern River in Mid-Coast Maine.

Five years ago, Rachael received her MFA in Creative Writing and Environment from Iowa State University–a program which not only emphasizes writing craft but also field work and environmental engagement.  The concepts of “place”, environment, and education have been central to Rachael’s work as a writer, an educator, and a community organizer.

In her free time, you can find Rachael hiking, running, reading, exploring, gardening, cooking,  cross country skiing, or wandering the woods with a notebook, a field guide, and a camera.

Rachael’s essays and poems have appeared in The Rumpus, Painted Bride Quarterly, Pank, Prick of the Spindle, The Collagist, Creative Nonfiction, Museum of Americana, Diagram, Redivider, KNOCK, Ozone Park, and Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment, among other journals.  Her essay “Crossings” was nominated for a Pushcart prize.

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