Donovan Hohn is the recipient of the Whiting Writers’ Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, and a Knight-Wallace Fellowship. His work has appeared in Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, and Outside, among other publications. Moby-Duck was a finalist for the Helen Bernstein Prize for Excellence in Journalism, and runner-up for both the PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award and the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction. A former features editor of GQ and contributing editor of Harper’s, Hohn now teaches creative writing at Wayne State University in Detroit. He lives with his family in Ann Arbor, where he has begun work on a second book.



“Hohn moves easily between the micro and the macro, weaving personal histories into science and industry as he roams… [He] seems to have it all: deep intelligence, a strikingly original voice, humility and a hunger to suss out everything a yellow duck may literally or metaphorically touch.” – Elizabeth Royte, The New York Times Book Review

“This is as much literary as an environmental expedition, though. It isn’t a book that bludgeons you so much as seeks to seduce you in – invites you to drift companionably alongside the author and his Flotees… At its best it is sublime… Here’s something original and eccentric and multi-faceted that tells you a good many interesting things about the world.” – Sam Leith, The Guardian

NPR, 'Moby-Duck': When 28,800 Bath Toys Are Lost At Sea, March 29, 2011