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Margaret Renkl is the author of The Comfort of Crows: A Backyard Year, which was published in October 2023 and which won the 2024 Southern Book Prize. Her earlier books are Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss (2019), which won the Reed Environmental Writing Award in 2020; and Graceland, At Last: Notes on Hope and Heartache From the American South (2021), which won both the Southern Book Prize and the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay in 2022. The companion journal for The Comfort of CrowsLeaf, Cloud, Crow: A Weekly Backyard Journal—is forthcoming this fall.

Since 2017, Renkl has served as a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, where her essays appear each Monday. The founding editor of Chapter 16, a daily literary publication of Humanities Tennessee, and a graduate of Auburn University and the University of South Carolina, she lives in Nashville.