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Paul Bogard received a B.A. in religion from Carleton College, an M.A. in creative writing from the University of New Mexico and a Ph.D. in literature and environment from the University of Nevada-Reno. He teaches creative nonfiction at James Madison University. Bogard is the editor of the anthology “Let There Be Night: Testimony on Behalf of the Dark” and author of “The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light” (Little, Brown). In “The End of Night,” Bogard blends personal narrative, natural history and science to emphasize the importance of darkness and our affinity for artificial light. Bogard recounts his travels of looking for dark spaces around the world that best reveal starry night skies, comparing their beauty to sights such as Las Vegas’s Luxor Beam. In this environmentally and culturally aware text, Bogard shares a valuable perspective on the human experience with light and darkness.

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Paul Bogard