“The Middle of Everywhere” Featured In Best American Science and Nature Writing 2020

The Flint Hills National Scenic Byway, Highway K-177, between Matfield Green and Cottonwood Falls, Kansas. [Elise Kirk]

We’re delighted to share the news that “The Middle of Everywhere,” by Timothy A. Schuler, is featured in The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2020.

Published in November 2019, “The Middle of Everywhere” explores the endangered North American landscape of the tallgrass prairie in terms of its history, ecology, politics, and culture. Featuring photographs by Elise Kirk, the essay was supported by a grant from Humanities Kansas and the Center for Living Education. The essay is an ambitious narrative with an expansive argument: that the threatened landscape in the middle of America demands “a truly public vision,” one acknowledging “that the tallgrass prairie is more than an economic engine, or an ecosystem service provider; that the landscape has inherent value and that the ecosystem in all its fullness must be protected.”

The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2020, published by Harcourt Mifflin Harcourt, has been guest edited by Michio Kaku, a best-selling author and professor of physics at the City University of New York. The series is edited by Jaime Green.