Donovan Hohn

is the recipient of the Whiting Writers’ Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, and a Knight-Wallace Fellowship. His work has appeared in Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, and Outside, among other publications. Moby-Duck was a finalist for the Helen Bernstein Prize for Excellence in Journalism, and runner-up for both the PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award and the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction. A former features editor of GQ and contributing editor of Harper’s, Hohn now teaches creative writing at Wayne State University in Detroit. He lives with his family in Ann Arbor, where he has begun work on a second book.


photo by Beth Chimera


“Known Unknowns,”

Review of Margalit Fox’s Riddle of the Labyrinth,

New York Times Sunday Book Review, June 14, 2013

“Remembering Evan S. Connell: On the Life Drawings of an American Literary Master ”

Harper’s, January 14, 2013 (web only)

“Walden of the Wildfire,”

Review of Philip Connors Fire Season,

New York Times Sunday Book Review, April 8, 2011

“Lost Symbols,”

Lapham’s Quarterly, Spring 2011

“The Unseen Currents,”

Popular Science, March 2011

“A Super Bowl Spot for Uncle Sam: Can Madison Avenue Make Us Love Our Government?”

Harper’s, February 2011


Outside, January 2009

“Through the Open Door: Searching for Deadly Toys in China’s Pearl River Delta,”

Harper’s Magazine, August 2008

“Sea of Trash,”

The New York Times Magazine, June 22, 2008

“Falling: Confessions of a Lapsed Forest Christian,”

Harper’s Magazine, April 2008

“Snail Picking,”

Brevity: 27, May 2008

“Moby-Duck; or, The Synthetic Wilderness of Childhood,”

Harper’s Magazine, January 2007

“A Romance of Rust: Nostalgia, Progress, and the Meaning of Tools,”

Harper’s Magazine, January 2005

“Anatomy Lessons: Evan S. Connell and the Documentary School,”

Harper’s Magazine, January, 2001

Two Poems,  Michigan Quarterly Review, Spring 2004

“Fleurs du Mal: Thorny Truths About the Global Flower Trade,”

Harper’s Magazine, February 2000

“Near-Death Experiences,”

a short story, Agni, Spring 1995

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