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Sean Prentiss


“Finding Abbey”




Sean Prentiss focuses on craft essays concerning creative nonfiction and environmental writing.

Before he became a professor and writer, Sean worked as a trail builder with the Northwest Youth Corps in the Pacific Northwest and the Southwest Conservation Corps in the Desert Southwest. He dishwashed in five states and did about a million odd jobs ranging from demolition to construction to driving cars.

When he is not writing, traveling, canoeing, or hiking, Sean is a core faculty member at Vermont College of Fine Arts in their Writing and Publishing program and an associate professor at Norwich University.  

​He hand-built a small cabin in the central mountains of Colorado, and he lives on a small lake in northern Vermont with his beautiful wife, Sarah,  his daughter Winter, and his wild dog, Blueberry. 

About "Finding Abbey"

When the great environmental writer Edward Abbey died in 1989, four of his friends buried him secretly in a hidden desert spot that no one would ever find. The final resting place of the Thoreau of the American West remains unknown and has become part of American folklore. In this book a young writer who went looking for Abbey’s grave combines an account of his quest with a creative biography of Abbey. Sean Prentiss takes readers across the country as he gathers clues from his research, travel, and interviews with some of Abbey’s closest friends–including Jack Loeffler, Ken “Seldom Seen” Sleight, David Petersen, and Doug Peacock. Along the way, Prentiss examines his own sense of rootlessness as he attempts to unravel Abbey’s complicated legacy, raising larger questions about the meaning of place and home.