My business card explains me in four words: “Writer, Photographer, Adventurer, Journalist.” In that order, I do think that’s who I am. Currently, I am a senior at Oberlin College of Art and Sciences, where I am an Environmental Food Studies major studying under Professor Tom Newlin. I also have a double major in Creative Writing with Professor Tom Hopkins (previously Dan Chaon) as an advisor. Born and raised in Ithaca, NY on the edge of suburbia and rural life, I have a strange understanding of the environment. I was heavily involved in the Ithacan outdoor education community, mostly through my work as lead instructor at the day camp Primitive Pursuits, and now I've rocketed into the Sunrise Movement, a youth-led climate activist organization.


Originally, I entered the world of writing so that I could jump over to game design postcollege. I later entered photography to document the many explorations and journeys I went on. Both of these activities have ballooned into careers. I am now a fine art and event photographer, specializing in social justice movements, portraits, travel,  and environmental or surrealist organic portraiture. I write fiction, nonfiction, and some poetry, though I concentrate in cli-fi, Weird fiction, modern gothic, food writing, and in-depth reportage. More details can be found in the Nonfiction, Fiction, and Photography Info sections of this website.


Twenty-two years old, I am ready to head out into the world and learn as much as I can. My freshman summer I completed an internship with Blue Hill at Stone Barns where I worked with the entire staff on amazing research and media projects, and later I interned with the publishing company Tin House Books, where I helped out at their summer writing workshop and any publicity/marketing needs. More recently, I spent four months in Mongolia studying environmental policy and cheesemaking. I have lived in Manhattan, Portland, Ulaanbaatar, and spent many weeks on strange adventures in Mammoth Caves, Quartzsite, the former peppermint capital of the world, and long-distance trains across both Mongolia and the United States. I have so many more projects planned. Anyone is welcome to contact me on Instagram, Twitter, or through email (pearse [AT] pearseanderson [DOT] com) for any questions, proposals, or just to talk. I am looking to pursue a career in food writing, adding interdisciplinary elements from all of my interests, from postcyberpunkism to dream culture to deindustrialized communities. If you are trying to find what I look like, let me describe: if Franz Kafka turned into a mouse and then back into a human, that would be me. Here’s a photograph of me for reference, sporting a lapis lazuli bolo tie I made. Long days and pleasant nights, my friends.

-Pearse

Pearse Himself (taken by Paul Anderson)

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