Published on February 11th, 2021 | by University Communications


Florida naturalist and author to speak virtually on March 4

Nationally known writer and naturalist Susan Cerulean will appear virtually at at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 4, at Saint Leo University.  Her appearance is scheduled in honor of Women’s History Month and will feature a reading by the author, followed by time for questions and answers. Two Saint Leo College of Arts and Sciences faculty members will serve as cohosts for the author event, which is also open to the public at no charge.

Cerulean’s latest book, I Have Been Assigned the Single Bird: A Daughter’s Memoir, was published in summer 2020 by the University of Georgia Press. It is a memoir concentrating on the years during which she cared for her late  father, who had dementia during his elder years. Also during that period, Cerulean found some consolation in serving as a volunteer steward protecting nesting shorebirds along the Florida coastline. Her book weaves the experiences together. 

Cerulean is also the author of Coming to Pass: Florida’s Coastal Islands in a Gulf of Change, which won a Gold Medal for Florida Nonfiction in 2016. Her nature memoir, Tracking Desire: A Journey after Swallow-tailed Kites was  published in 2005 and named an Editors’ Choice by Audubon magazine. 

The author and her husband divide their time between Tallahassee and Indian Pass, a community along the coast of the Florida Panhandle. Cerulean is married to oceanographer and climate scientist Jeffrey Chanton of Florida State University. 

Gianna Russo, assistant professor of English and creative writing, and Dr. Christopher Miller, professor of ecology and biology, will cohost the session with Cerulean. The event is sponsored by The Sandhill Writers Retreat, the Department of Language Studies and the Arts, and Department of Mathematics and Science, all from the College of Arts and Sciences. 

To attend, register in advance for this guest visit, use this link: You can expect to receive an email with more details in response. 

For any questions about attending, contact one of these organizers from Arts and Sciences: or  

More background about the author, other published works, and her environmental work can be found the University of Georgia Press website, which is helping to promote this event.  

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