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Academics Kyhl Lyndgaard - Writing

"The reason I became a professor is a bit elusive," says Kyhl Lyndgaard, who teaches writing, often with a focus on environmental studies. "My desire first found voice when I read Richard Hugo's The Triggering Town." Hugo writes that "[w]hen we are told in dozens of insidious ways that our lives don't matter, we may be forced to insist, often far too loudly, that they do. . . [A] writing class may be one of the last places you can go where your life still matters."

Teaching Philosophy

Kyhl suggests that "even beyond my goals to improve my students' writing and to help them develop critical thinking skills, I hope to create a classroom that fosters a sense of personal importance and responsibility." He believes that good writing and academic success depends upon confidence and the freedom to speak your own mind.  "Individuality in thought and expression is all too rare and undervalued these days, and I can't imagine working anywhere but a small liberal arts college."

Kyhl came to Marlboro from Luther College, in Iowa, where he was an Associated Colleges of the Midwest-Mellon post-doctoral fellow in English and environmental studies. He received his Ph.D. in English with an emphasis in literature and environment from the University of Nevada at Reno, and has written widely on literature, writing pedagogy and the natural world. He has been an environmental educator in Minnesota, has taught English in Taiwan and is also an accomplished poet.

Scholarly Activities

Kyhl has a substantial publication record of books, articles and chapters, essays, book reviews and nonfiction writing that attests to his interdisciplinary interests and abilities. His environmental writing interests come together in his dissertation, "Landscape of removal and renewal: Cross-cultural resistance in 19th-century American captivity narratives." This project connects the insights of the environmental and social justice movements to a series of captivity narratives written before, concurrently with and immediately after the Indian Relocation Act of 1830.

Selected Publications

Currents of the Universal Being: Explorations in the Literature of Energy, co-editors Scott Slovic and James E. Bishop. A completed anthology under consideration for publication.

"Landscapes of Removal and Resistance: Edwin James's Nineteenth-Century Cross-Cultural Collaborations." Great Plains Quarterly 30.1 (Winter 2010): 37-52.

"What is Creative Sustainability?" Hawk & Handsaw: The Journal of Creative Sustainability 1.2 (2009): 4.

"Developing a Bioregional Pedagogy for Transregional Students: Practices and Experiences from the Composition Classroom." Green Theory and Praxis: The Journal of Ecopedagogy 4.1 (Spring 2008): 86-99.

"Wei An (1960-1999): A Storyteller of Mother Earth." With Wei Gingqi. ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 15.1 (Winter 2008): 189-94.


B.A., Saint John's University, 1999; M.A., University of California at Davis, 2002; Ph.D., University of Nevada, Reno 2010; Marlboro College, 2011 -

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