Bio: Richard lives in Wilmington, NC, a recent move after twenty-four years in the Phoenix Valley. He received a B.S. degree in Biology from Sonoma State University (California) and a Ph.D. in Biology/Neurobiology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He was Professor of Biology at Arizona State University until 2004 when he took the position of Frank Hawkins Kenan Distinguished Professor of Marine Biology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. A Fulbright Scholar at the University of St. Andrews (Scotland; 1994), and a recent Guggenheim Fellow (2002/03), he has published over sixty articles in scientific journals and edited books. Phoenix is his debut novel.
Sievert Olafson wants to give up a sure thing--farming the rich soil of Minnesota--to go to college. His father forbids it, his brothers ridicule him, and his sweetheart refuses to join him. So what does a seventeen-year-old, first generation American do? Sievert leaves home for the goldfields of the Arizona Territory. What he finds is a world of contrasts; a mentor who is his father's diametric opposite, a young woman who takes him to new emotional heights, and depths, a "do it to them before t... more info>>
Is it possible to approach, with a straight face, the question of what it means to be human? We are the only animals capable of sitting around and thinking of such things, capable of laughing at ourselves, capable of making comparisons and formulating generalizations about our species. Consider this collection of poems a mirror that reflects our human nature--without make-up and hair gel, tweezed eyebrows and a fresh shave. It is glorious to be human. It's also humbling. Richard Satterlie is the... more info>>