Gretchen Legler

Gretchen Legler - Professor of Creative Writing
Title Professor Creative Writing
Telephone 207.778.7182

Gretchen Legler’s environmentally-focused nonfiction includes On The Ice: An Intimate Portrait of Life at McMurdo Station Antarctica and All The Powerful Invisible Things: A Sportswoman’s Notebook. Her third book of essays, about farming in rural Maine, is forthcoming from Trinity University Press. Her essays have appeared in anthologies, magazines, and journals including Orionthe Georgia Review, Gifts of the Wild, A Different Angle, Isle, Matter, and Brevity. Her scholarly work in ecocriticism has appeared in venues including Eco-Man and the Polar Journal. She is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Artists and Writers Program Fellowship to Antarctica and a Fulbright Teaching and Research Fellowship to the Himalayan Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan.  Her writing has received honors including the Association for Literature and Environment environmental creative writing award and the Pushcart Prize. Most recently, she earned a Master’s of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School, where her focus was spirituality and the environment. Writer’s Website:


  • 2020 MDiv Harvard Divinity School
  • 1994 PhD University of Minnesota
  • 1991 MA University of Minnesota
  • 1984 BA Macalester College