Hob Osterlund, Holy Moli
We welcome Hob Osterlund from Kaua'i, reading from her book Holy Moli: Albatross and Other Ancestors, published by Oregon State University Press. The book is a natural history of the albatross, a moving memoir of grief, and a soaring tribute to ancestors. Within its pages are lyrics of wonder for freedom, for beauty, and for the far-flung feathered creatures known to us as "albatross." The albatross are amazing creatures. They live long -- sometimes longer than sixty years --- and spend the majority of their time airborne, gliding across vast oceanic expanses. They are model mates and devoted parents and are among the only animals known to take long-term same-sex partners.
Hob Osterlund is an award-winning writer and photographer. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, National Geographic News, National Geographic Explorer, Audubon, National Wildlife, Nature Conservancy, Birders’ World, Hana Hou Hawaiian Airlines in-flight magazine, Portland, Ms. Magazine and more. She earned a bachelor's degree in Ecological Geography from UC-Berkeley in the late 1960s and a master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Hawaii-Manoa. Osterlund founded Hawaii’s first inpatient pain management program at The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu. As Principal Investigator for the Comedy in Chemotherapy (COMIC) Study, Osterlund and her colleagues were the first to conduct a randomized controlled trial demonstrating the positive impact of comedy on the symptoms of cancer and chemotherapy. Since 2003 she has coordinated the annual Hanalei Writers’ Retreat in conjunction with Pacific Writers’ Connection. These events have featured such stellar faculty as David James Duncan, Brian Doyle, Terry Tempest Williams, Kim Stafford, Kathleen Dean Moore, Hope Edelman, Gina Barreca, and Carl Safina.