High Desert Journal editor Charles Finn returns to Montana with his first book, Wild Delicate Seconds: 29 Wildlife Encounters (Oregon State University Press, 2012), and will read from it at Elk River Books on Saturday, May 5 at 7 p.m.
Finn has been widely published in more than 50 journals, newspapers, magazines and anthologies, including Northern Lights, High Country News, Big Sky Journal, Montana Quarterly, and Montana Magazine. In his new book, he “offers twenty-nine brilliant, concise ‘micro-essays’ that describe chance encounters with wildlife. These vignettes are a celebration of animals, birds, and insects from black bears to bumble bees. Keenly observant and literary, the jewel-like pieces in Wild Delicate Seconds bring to mind the writings of Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, John Muir, and Mary Oliver.”
Before joining the High Desert Journal, Finn taught English as a foreign language for three years in Hiroshima, Japan; hid out for ten years in the woods of British Columbia, Canada, living in a 8 x 12 cabin of his own making with no running water or electricity; and spent five years in Montana where—as a self-taught woodworker and proponent of “living little”—he started the business A Room of One’s Own, building “microhomes,” one-room wood cabins constructed entirely out of reclaimed lumber and materials salvaged old barns and buildings.
Originally from Vermont he moved from Missoula to Bend, Oregon in 2008, but has recently relocated to Elizabeth, New Jersey where he lives with his wife, Joyce Mphande, and their two cats, Pushkin and Lutsa.