Mark Allister is Professor of English, Environmental Studies, and American Studies.  He has recently published a book, Chasing the Light: The Cloud Cult Story, on the indie rock band Cloud Cult. He merges professional and personal interests as a contributing music writer to PopMatters and with his weekly radio show "Prof Rock with Mark Allister." His scholarly work is primarily in the field of environmental literature, and he has written Refiguring the Map of Sorrow: Nature Writing and Autobiography (U of Virginia P, 2001) and edited the collection of essays Eco-Man: New Perspectives on Masculinity and Nature (U of Virginia P, 2004).