“Laurie Allmann’s focused, fully-human attention and incisive language conjure phenomenon large and small into careful relief; tracing the lineaments and lives of Minnesota’s varied landscape across the seasons. Her insights pierce the culture-weary soul, sketching the complexity of what it means to belong to this place, any place, on Earth.”

~ Chel Anderson, co-author of North Shore: A Natural History of Minnesota’s Superior Coast, on publication of An Hour from Now


“I have worked with Laurie Allmann for several years and recognize that she is the best science writer I have had the pleasure to work with. Laurie has researched and written several pieces for the museum including a beautiful brochure for the St. Croix Watershed Research Station and several outstanding annual reports for the Science Museum of Minnesota. The most recent project we collaborated on was the Minnesota Science and Technology Hall of Fame, which showcases the significant achievements of scientists, engineers, educators and business leaders with Minnesota strong connections.

Laurie’s gift is her ability to thoroughly research complex scientific subjects and express them in a human narrative. She is a perfectionist but also is a lot fun to work with. I highly recommend Laurie to anyone who has need of her unique talents.”

~ Chuck Thomas, Creative Director | Science Museum of Minnesota


“It brings a smile to see life breathed into a scientific skeleton.”

~ Michigan ecologist Dr. Dennis Albert, on publication of Far From Tame


“In Far From Tame, Laurie Allmann offers the first guide to the biological states of the Upper Midwest. She does so not only with intelligence and learning but also with great wit and heart. This is indispensable reading.”

~ Paul Gruchow, author of The Necessity of Empty Places (St. Martin’s Press, 1988), Grass Roots: The Universe of Home (Milkweed Editions, 1995)


“With the publication of Far From Tame, we have a new writer in Laurie Allmann whose only equals are, in my view, Diane Ackerman and Barry Lopez. I urge everyone to buy this book, open it at random, and see where it leads you.”

~ John Pastor (in) The Prairie Naturalist


“Laurie Allmann’s presentation of Collector Road was insightful and humorous, perceptive and discerning. Her performance of the prose poem drew the audience into the rural world painted by her words, leaving many listeners reluctant to leave that world as the reading ended.”

~ Sharon Mallman, Assistant Director, St. Croix Watershed Research Station & Director, Artist at Pine Needles Residency Program


“Laurie Allmann’s “Far From Tame” stands alongside the essays of Edward Hoaglund, Annie Dillard, and Lewis Thomas as an essential text in my course “Nature and the Literary Imagination.”  I’ve taught this course at Hamline University as part of the Creative Nonfiction MFA curriculum, and last summer I presented it at the Cloquet Forestry Center through the University of Minnesota’s Split Rock Arts Program.  There is no other book I know that gives the environment of the Upper Midwest its literary due. I value Allmann’s command of the intricacies of natural science and the art of writing.  Students of the essay long for models that both honor the complex facts of the natural world and the personal, lyrical voice that guides the vision of an essay. Laurie Allmann writes from this rare double consciousness, and I eagerly await her next book.”

~ Patricia Weaver Francisco, author of Cold Feet (Simon and Schuster, 1988), Village Without Mirrors (Milkweed Editions, 1989) and Telling (HarperCollins, 1999)


“There are people who write beautiful words and there are people who can beautifully give voice to words, but there are only a rare few who have the presence of spirit and power of voice to send their own words sailing into the air like doves. Laurie Allmann is one of the rare ones. It was a pleasure to work with Laurie on a segment for Minnesota Public Radio called, “Voices from the Heartland.” Laurie would write, produce and voice her pieces without any need for supervision or edits. Her work was so successful and satisfying that it was selected as a membership premium for MPR listeners one year. I considered Laurie a “prize” contributor and know that listeners were consistently rewarded with a lesson about the natural world delivered through Laurie’s lyrical voice.”

~  Liz Hannon, former Senior Producer, Minnesota Public Radio


“Laurie Allmann is an extraordinary talent. In my work with her on a number of projects spanning more than ten years, I have found she has the rare ability of being able to generate novel approaches to conveying content, conduct innovative research (she found a third-generation oysterman 1,500 miles away by thinking of calling a restaurant found on the Internet and asking the cook who sells him oysters), provide spot-on scripts for video and multimedia narration, and then deliver content on camera like a seasoned actor. We featured Laurie as an on-camera narrator for a documentary on the St. Croix River, and she’d be at the top of the list for the next project.”

~ John Shepard, Associate Professor, Assistant Director / Center for Global Environmental Education, Hamline University


“When I think of Laurie’s writings, they are inextricably woven into my memory by the power of her theatrical reading of her own work.  Be it in front of an annual meeting of The Nature Conservancy reading The Citizens of a Sweetwater Sea on the shores of Lake Superior, through readings of her work while instructing on the art of writing to a University class, at a public reading of her prose poem Collector Road at the Stillwater Public Library, or poised in front of a television camera speaking exquisitely crafted sound bites – “this little bird weighs less than a pack of gum but every year it migrates 3800 miles from the Amazon River…to this block of forest”– for the Minnesota: A History of the Land PBS documentary, Laurie captivates her audience.  Her style is purposeful and penetrating.  I know of few authors who can so successfully deliver their own words. Her gift is both her craft of writing and the art of dramatic presentation.”

~  Barbara Coffin, Program Coordinator & Executive Producer, Bell Museum Productions