Andrea Ross, Writer



Andrea Ross

writes essays, creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. She formerly worked as a National Park Service ranger and wilderness guide throughout the American West. As an adopted person, she is passionate about bringing to light the experiences of adopted people. She teaches writing at the University of California, Davis.




Questions I Dare Ask: An Interview with Amy Irvine in

A Feminist Look at Ed Abbey's Conservationist Writings in Ploughshares

Effects of the Edge

"Empty Boots"

"Ruins and Ladders"


“Double Vision”

"The Sought After," Andrea's Blog


And in Print:

"Ask a Ranger," Permanent Vacation, Vol. 2, Bona Fide Press, 2018

"Half-Sister,” Connected: What Remains as We All Change, Wising Up Press, 2013

“Wilderness Culture in the Pacific Region,” in Pacific Regional Culture, Greenwood Press, 2004

“Terry Tempest Williams,” American Literary Biographies, University of Oxford Press, 2003

"Homeless Kids at the Schoolhouse Door,” American School Board Journal, Dec. 1988




"At Upper Ribbon Falls,"

and "Bessie's Honeymoon, 1928,"

Going Down Grand: Poems from the Canyon, Lithic Press

(Read a review  here)

"Earthworm," Wormculture

“Ode to Beauty,” Guide to the Putah-Cache Bioregion


In Print:

Breaching,” Mountain Gazette, July 2003

“Backwater in July,” Mountain Gazette, June 2003

“Dams,” The Café Review, Vol. 12, Autumn 2001

“Natural Disasters,” Manzanita Literary Journal, October 2001

“Raven-Watcher,” The Boatman’s Quarterly Review, Fall 2001

"Grand Canyon Life Zones,” Blueline, vol. xix. Fall 1998





Andrea's podcast debut on The Dirtbag Diaries