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Matthew Boulton

Nature Writing, Nature Walking: Spirituality and the Living World in Mary Oliver, Wendell Berry, and Thich Nhat Hanh

Many so-called nature writers put the practices of walking at the center of their work—and at the center of their lives. In this talk, Matthew Boulton will explore this dimension of such writers as Henry David Thoreau, Mary Oliver, Wendell Berry, and Thich Nhat Hanh, in discovering how particular practices of walking—far from being mere pastime or exercise—may form the basis of transformative, humanizing ways of life. To be fully human, these writers argue, is to go for a walk. And, to go for a walk is to open the door to an array of spiritual, tangible, everyday benefits.

Matthew Myer Boulton is a writer and the creative director at SALT Project, an Emmy-winning nonprofit film production company in Keene, New Hampshire. He has served on the faculty of Harvard Divinity School and seminaries in New England and the Midwest.

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