Hal Crimmel, filmmaker "The Rights of Nature: A Global Movement" by NYS Writers Institute published on 2019-04-23T21:44:09Z Hal Crimmel, co-director, co-producer and screenwriter of "The Rights of Nature," earned his M.A. (1993) and Ph.D. (1997) in English at the University at Albany. A former graduate intern at the NYS Writers Institute, he is chair of the English Department at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, where he is a specialist in the intersections of literature and environmental issues. Crimmel is the author of "Dinosaur: Four Seasons on the Green and Yampa Rivers," (2007) and co-editor of "Teaching About Place: Learning from the Land," (2008) and "Conversations with W. S. Merwin" (2015), a collection of interviews with the former US Poet Laureate and environmental conservationist. He sat down with NYS Writers Institute Director Paul Grondahl for a talk in advance of a "Rights of Nature" screening and Q&A on April 22, 2019.