Gretchen Legler

Assistant Professor Creative Writing

Gretchen Legler’s environmental nonfiction includes On The Ice: An Intimate Portrait of Life at McMurdo Station Antarctica (Milkweed Editions, 2005) and All The Powerful Invisible Things: A Sportswoman’s Notebook (Seal Press, 1995). Her essays have appeared in anthologies, magazines, and journals including Orion, the Georgia Review, Gifts of the Wild, A Different Angle, Isle, Matter, and Brevity. Her scholarly work in ecocriticism has appeared in journals and anthologies including Eco-Man and the Polar Journal. She received a National Science Foundation Artist and Writers Program Fellowship to spend six months in Antarctica in 1998, and received a 2012 Fulbright Fellowship to the Kingdom of Bhutan.  Her writing has been awarded the Association for Literature and Environment environmental creative writing award. Her current work explores living in rural Maine, and the quest for Happiness. Writer’s Website:


  • 1994 PhD University of Minnesota
  • 1991 MA University of Minnesota
  • 1984 BA Macalester College
Gretchen Legler - Professor of Creative Writing