M. D. Usher is a classicist, carpenter, and farmer who writes about
ancient philosophy and literature from the vantage point of
environmental humanities and ecology. He is author of the upcoming
Following Nature’s Lead: Ancient Ways of Living in a Dying World
(Princeton University Press, 2024), and other books for readers of all ages, including POEM: A Mashup (Fomite Press, 2022), The Golden Ass of Lucius Apuleius (David Godine, 2011), both illustrated by T. Motley, How to Be a Farmer (Princeton University Press, 2021), and Plato’s Pigs & Other Ruminations (Cambridge University Press, 2020).
Usher is the Lyman-Roberts Professor of Classical Languages and Literature at the University of Vermont and a faculty member in the Department of Geography and Geosciences, The Environmental Program, the Food Systems Graduate Program, and the Gund Institute for Environment. His work has been recognized by fellowships and awards from various agencies, including the Fulbright Scholars Program, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the French Institutes for Advanced Study, the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh, and the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C. With his wife he built, owns, and operates Works & Days Farm—named after an ancient agronomic poem by Hesiod—where they raise sheep, Scottish Highland cattle, and manage a maple sugarbush.View all authors