Laurie Scheer is your Writing Ranger and co-founder of New Nature Writers. She has worked as a production assistant, producer, director, and vice president developing programming for numerous media companies.
When she realized she had an academic calling, she pursued teaching and her knowledge of writing and producing was then shared with two decades’ worth of media students, many of whom are running media conglomerates today. She is the author of two books.
As a professional speaker, she has appeared at many annual writing and media conferences and has served as a judge for numerous screenplay competitions, film festivals, and writing contests. She is currently a Faculty Associate with UW-Madison’s Continuing Studies Writing Department. Here she serves as the director of the annual Writers’ Institute conference.
Her personal interest in Nature Writing stems from her love of the American Desert Southwest and from being an avid cyclist and hiker. She has completed numerous half-century cycling competitions and has experienced serving as a trail angel and trail assisting on the Pacific Crest Trail. As an Aquarian, she has always wanted to bestow healing for the globe. She currently lives on one of the Five Yahara Lakes and is grateful for the natural beauty that surrounds her.
Kristine Zeigler, Writing Ranger and co-founder of New Nature Writers, is a third-generation Californian. Zeigler’s most recent book, Cover This Country Like Snow and Other Stories is a collection of ten stories set before, during and after the water wars between the city of Los Angeles and the small hamlets in the rural communities of the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains. Her previous publication credits include Forge Journal, The Bark, The Peregrine, Charles River Review, Menda City Review, Ignation Literary Magazine, Barely South Review and The Saint Anne’s Review. Zeigler previously reported on energy and toxic waste laws and regulations in Washington, D.C. For the past 21 years, Zeigler has been an environmental non-profit leader focused on preserving nature with, and for, people. Zeigler was awarded a residency at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest as part of an Oregon State University program to promote understanding of humanity’s role in nature. She serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Mono Lake Committee and blogs about natural and cultural history at owensrivergirl. Zeigler lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband Joe and rescue dog Connor and holds a private pilot’s license.