Jennifer McGaha

Jennifer is a public speaker and the author of two celebrated creative nonfiction books, Flat Broke with Two Goats and Bushwhacking: How to Get Lost in the Woods and Write Your Way Out.

A native of Appalachia, Jennifer lives in a wooded North Carolina hollow with her husband, two cats, three unruly dogs, ten relatively tame dairy goats, and an ever-changing number of hens.

(Photo by Ellie Navarro)

“Gutsy, entertaining, and heartening, McGaha’s dispatches guide and inspire.”

Publisher’s Weekly on Bushwhacking


How to Get Lost in the Woods and Write Your Way Out

Part writing memoir, part nature memoir, and part meditation on a life well lived, Bushwhacking draws on McGaha’s experiences running, hiking, biking, paddling, and getting lost across the Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina to offer readers encouragement and practical suggestions to accompany them on their writing and life journeys. 

With humility, humor, and hard-won wisdom, Bushwhacking honors writing craft traditions and offers fresh insights into how close communion with nature can transform your writing and your life.

Trinity University Press (2023)

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Flat Broke with Two Goats