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Donovan Hohn


Essayist Donovan Hohn was born and raised in San Francisco, and now lives in New York City, where he was for a time a high school English teacher at Friends Seminary. He holds a BA from Oberlin, an MA in fiction from Boston University and an MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan. A contributing editor at Harper’s Magazine, he has published four long essays there: “Falling: Confessions of a lapsed forest Christian,” “Moby-Duck, or the synthetic wilderness of childhood,” “A Romance of Rust: Nostalgia, progress, and the meaning of tools,” and most recently, “Through the Open Door: Searching for deadly toys in China’s Pearl River Delta.” Other work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Agni, The Bedford Reader, and the Italian magazine Internazionale, which translated and reprinted “Moby-Duck.” That essay was also selected for The Best Creative Nonfiction, Vol. 2 (W. W. Norton.) and will be the centerpiece of his first book, which Viking plans to publish in 2010.

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