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About the Photo: This was taken in Boulder Creek, CA shortly after a young female mountain lion (F-10) was caught. She was collared and set free and tracked remotely via GPS to help with research for the University of California Puma Project.


Travis Mossotti has worked and volunteered over the last decade alongside his wife (a carnivore biologist) with U.S. government, university and nonprofit organizations on data collection, animal captures/ releases and lab work for various endangered species recovery efforts all across North America.


Travis Mossotti's third collection of poems NARCISSUS AMERICANA was selected as the winner of the 2018 Miller Williams Prize by Billy Collins (University of Arkansas Press, 2018). His first book ABOUT THE DEAD (USU Press, 2011), was awarded the 2011 May Swenson Poetry Award, and his second collection FIELD STUDY won the 2013 Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize (Bona Fide Books, 2014). Mossotti has also published two chapbooks, and recent poems of his have appeared in issues of the EPOCH, Columbia Poetry Review, Natural Bridge, and elsewhere. He was a 2015 Regional Arts Commission Artist Fellow and was also a featured presenter at the TEDxGatewayArch in 2016. Mossotti teaches in the writing program at Webster University and works as a System Engineer II for the Research Management System at Washington University. In 2018 Mossotti was named a Biodiversity Fellow at the Living Earth Collaborative at Washington University, and he has served as Poet-in-Residence at the Endangered Wolf Center in St. Louis since 2012.