Chris Bolgiano moved to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia in 1974 as a faculty librarian at Carrier Library, James Madison University. She had hair long enough to sit on, but Nixon had just resigned due to Watergate, so that was OK. Since then she has cut her hair, retired as Rare Books and Manuscripts Librarian, and muddled into a so-called writing career.
Beginning with rural-based articles in local magazines, she worked up to travel articles for the New York Times and Washington Post, investigative reports for a wide variety of environmental magazines, essays for various anthologies, and radio commentaries on National Public Radio’s Living on Earth.
Chris’ career reached an apex when a prestigious outdoors magazine commissioned her to write a story about wildlife habitat on mountaintop removal lands (land blasted off the tops of mountains and bulldozed into neighboring valleys to expose coal seams), then refused to publish it as too incendiary. That story later appeared in the book, Living in the Appalachian Forest: True Tales of Sustainable Forestry, (Stackpole Books, 2002) which won two literary awards in 2003.