Trinity University Press

Leath Tonino

Leath Tonino has been a full-time freelance writer since 2011. He is the author of The Animal One Thousand Miles Long: Seven Lengths of Vermont and Other Adventures and numerous articles and essays in the Sun, the Progressive, Tricycle, Outside, Orion, Men’s Journal, Sierra, and the Utne Reader. He is the recipient of a Colorado College Award in Literature, a Bread Loaf scholarship, an Awesome Foundation grant, and two gold medals from the International Regional Magazine Association. He is a poetry editor for the Afghan Women’s Writing Project and has worked as a wildlife biologist in Arizona, a blueberry farmer in New Jersey, and a snow shoveler in Antarctica. He lives in northern Vermont.

The Animal One Thousand Miles Long

The phrase “an animal a thousand miles miles long,” attributed to Aristotle, refers to a sprawling body that cannot be seen in its entirety from a single angle. For Leath Tonino, that animal is the landscape of his native Vermont. Tonino grew up along the shores of Lake Champlain, situated between Vermont’s Green Mountains and New York’s Adirondacks. His career as a nature and travel writer...

The West Will Swallow You

At eighteen, Vermont native Leath Tonino ventured west to attend college in Colorado. Upon hearing his destination, many of Tonino’s friends and family predicted that he’d never come back; he’d make the “land of endless space and sky, its ranges and their storms” his home. The West will swallow you,” one said, in a tone that felt like part warning and part prophecy. More than a decade later...

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