Manitowish River Press Authors

John Bates

John Bates is the author of nine books on the Northwoods and Upper Midwest, and a contributor to seven others. John has been featured on Wisconsin Public Television several times and has been a frequent guest on Wisconsin Pubic Radio. He has worked as a state forest naturalist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and owns Trails North, a naturalist guide service. He also conducts outdoor classes for the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin, Nicolet College, the North Lakeland Discovery Center, and many others. For twenty-eight years he has written a biweekly column, "A Northwoods Almanac," for the Lakeland Times in Minocqua, Wisconsin.

John Bates

Mary Burns

Mary Burns expresses her love of northern woodlands and waters in her weavings and writings. Mary's first novel Heartwood(2003) is a fantasy/natural history novel for young adults. She is a contributor to A Place to Which We Belong: Wisconsin Writers on Wisconsin Landscapes (1998). An award-winning weaver, she weaves custom designed hand-woven rugs and wall pieces. Mary also creates tapestries and felted work that reflect the hues and patterns of the natural world. Mary and John live in northern Wisconsin.


Co-Authored Books

Books contributed to by John & Mary

Pure Superior: Lake Superior Photographs by Jeff Richter
With Essays by John Bates, Sam Cook, Justin Isherwood and Howard Paap;Published by Nature's Press, Mercer, WI.

A Place to Which We Belong: Wisconsin Writers on Wisconsin Landscapes
Edited by Dennis Boyer and Justin Isherwood; ISBN 0-9666359-0-6; Published by The 1000 Friends of Wisconsin Land Use Institute. Out of Print.
"Slanting North" by John Bates and "Sketches of Winter along the Manitowish River" by Mary Burns.

White Deer: Ghosts of the Forest
Photographs by Jeff Richter, Text by John Bates; ISBN 978-0-9741883-1-7; Published by Nature's Press, Mercer, WI.

Seasons of the North: Photographs by Jeff Richter
Essays by John Bates, Justin Isherwood, Chad McGrath and Terry Daulton; Published by Nature's Press, Mercer, WI.

Harvest Moon: A Wisconsin Outdoor Anthology
Edited by Ted Rulseh; ISBN 1-883755-00-X; Published by Lost River Press (out of print)

Wildbranch: An Anthology of Nature, Environmental, and Place-based Writing; Edited by Florence Caplow and Susan A. Cohen: ISBN 978-1-60781-124-4; Published by The University of Utah Press

Stories from the Shore, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, 2007, Pub# WT-877.