Bob Kunzinger Bio



The Wild Atlantic Way, Connemara, Ireland

These simple, weekly reflections will vary from teaching college to being a father to being a son to being alone. They will cover various time zones and emotions, and they will be my small attempt to keep track of the passing of time.

About Bob Kunzinger:

Essay writer Bob Kunzinger lives and works in Virginia. His work has appeared in many publications including the Washington Post, the Chronicle of Higher Education, World War Two History Magazine, St Anthony Messenger, Kestrel, Southern Humanities Review, Ilanot Review, as well as several essays noted by Best American Essays. He has authored eight books, including Borderline Crazy, Fragments, and the critically-acclaimed Penance, widely popular in the Czech Republic. His limited edition work, Out of the Way: Walking with Francis in Spain, was released by Limited Edition Books in February 2018 and promptly sold out. His new book, A Third Place: Notes in Nature, launched from Madville Press in September, 2019 to rave reviews, including these:

Last night I finished reading A Third Place and was every bit as impressed as I thought I’d be. I’m too often blind to the world around me, snagged up inside myself, and your book made me keenly—even painfully—aware of all I had been missing.  One sentence (among many) that collided with me had to do with how we go looking for one thing and then discover another, which is the case not only in regard to nature but also in regard to people. Also, I was frequently startled by how things I would’ve passed by without notice caught your attention, then caught your writer’s sensibility, then led to ruminations that embraced not only the natural world but also meanings and associations at the core of life itself, including human consciousness, human behavior, and human yearning. It’s a beautifully written book. And a beautifully thought book.

—Tim O’Brien, author of The Things They Carried and Dad’s Maybe Book


The best writing about place– and that includes this book — really starts from the place within. This book transforms place into parables, so that a shoreline becomes the edge of the only reality we tread, a bay becomes the estuary of our own heart. I find in these times, I really need the prose and acuity and poetic soul of someone like Bob Kunzinger, who has mastered the art of turning time into the essay, which is his gift to his readers. A truly redemptive writer working at the top of his game, this book belongs by your fireside— or in that cramped seat on the plane! 🙂

—Jacki Lyden, author of Daughter of the Queen of Sheba, and former NPR foreign correspondent

“Nature,” Bob Kunzinger, writes, “keeps me in the moment.” A Third Place sparkles with greening moments. Standing on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean and Rappahannock River, Kunzinger describes sights that lift the spirits and make hours and hearts glow. Like Robert Louis Stevenson who wandered the globe “for travel’s sake,” Kunzinger explains that “we all go looking for one thing and often find something else.” What readers discover are descriptions that delight and thoughts that surprise and awaken appreciation. His essays urge, almost impel, readers to kick the dust off their boots and minds. He makes them ache to be up and about and embracing our bruised but glorious world, to treasure it and its inhabitants anew.

—Sam Pickering author of The World Was My Garden, Too

An absorbing read from cover to cover, “A Third Place: Notes in Nature” clearly documents author Bob Kunzinger as an especially gifted writer and essayist who is able to engage and keep his reader’s thoughtful attention from beginning to end. “A Third Place: Notes in Nature” is unreservedly recommended for personal reading lists, as well as both community and academic library collections.

Bob’s bio from Palooka Magazine:

BOB KUNZINGER splits his time between traveling and not traveling. When he is traveling, you can find him in places as diverse as Spain and Siberia and Prague as well as West Virginia, New York, and local pubs. When he isn’t traveling he is pursuing his passions of hiking, hanging out, and when he gets a chance, being a full-time professor
of arts, humanities, and creative writing. But usually he’s traveling. His work has appeared in many publications, including Kestrel, Southern Humanities Review, the
Washington Post, and more. Several of his essays have been noted by Best American Essays, and he is behind the award-winning blog, A View From This Wilderness.


Website Cover photo of Bob Kunzinger by Michael Kunzinger, south of Pamplona, Spain

Bio Page Author Photo by Jane Varley, the west coast of Ireland




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