is a professor of English at the University of Missouri in Columbia.
Piper grew up downwind from Owens Dry Lake in Ridgecrest, California. She is the author of Left in the Dust
, about L.A.’s destruction of Owens Valley, and Cartographic Fiction
s, about the evolution and use of mapping in the British colonies. With a master’s degree in environmental studies and a Ph.D. in comparative literature (University of Oregon, 1996), she is interested in postcolonial and environmental justice issues. Currently she is working on a book about water privatization. Piper has received the Sierra Nature Writing Award, National Endowment of the Humanities Awards, a Huntington Fellowship, a Carnegie Mellon Fellowship and a Sitka Center Writing Residency.
piperk [at] missouri.edu