Jill Sisson Quinn

Jill Sisson Quinn is a nature writer and teacher living in central Wisconsin. Her essays have appeared in EcotoneOnEarthOrion, and many other magazines. Quinn's first book, Deranged:  Finding a Sense of Place in the Landscape and in the Lifespan, was published by Apprentice House of Loyola University, Maryland. Her essay, "Sign Here if You Exist" won the John Burroughs Essay Award and was reprinted in Best American Science and Nature Writing 2011.

Stories from Jill Sisson Quinn

September 25, 2015

I remember my first Wisconsin hike, ten years ago, just after moving here from Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains.  I stepped from my car at the trailhead for Portage County’s New Hope section of the Ice Age Trail and turned south.  Before

April 16, 2015

Lately, I have been on the trail of a muskrat.  Before winter, his muddy mound of a home appeared through the leafless trees in a pond I have largely ignored.  In spring, I encountered his tail-dragging tracks near a low bridge and now,

May 22, 2015

Along the Ice Age Trail, near Portage County’s Trunk T, is a short spur that delivers me, chute-like, from the shelter of the forest to a pond.  The pond startles with its sudden brightness, its pastels of duckweed and sky.

August 20, 2014

The list of what makes a place special is endless. Writer Jill Sisson Quinn tells us about what is for her, Earth’s most perfect place.

April 23, 2014

We celebrate Earth Day this week. Many animals have evolved the ability to feign death. Writer Jill Sisson Quinn witnessed this unusual act of survival in a groundhog.

March 12, 2014

Winter inspires strong feelings. As winter draws to a close – at least on the calendar – writer Jill Sisson Quinn explores why winter defines us.

February 14, 2014

Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate romance. But it’s also a holiday of love in all its forms. Writer Jill Sisson Quinn tells us about one of the loves in her life.

October 23, 2013

Is it a moth or a bird? Hummingbird moths are fantastic imposters. Writer Jill Sisson Quinn reflects on the moths flitting about her yard.

August 20, 2013

Many of us spend our summer in the garden, tending flowers, vegetables, and other plants. For writer Jill Sisson Quinn, the orderliness of gardening challenges her internal urge to simply wander, discover, and gather.

June 12, 2013

Ephemeral ponds are here today, gone tomorrow, especially in the spring.

Writer Jill Sisson Quinn shares why she loves these ponds and the wonders she's found within them.