Stap is the author of two books of natural history prose—Birdsong and A Parrot Without a Name—and a collection of poems, Letter at the End of Winter.
He was awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in poetry, and two Individual Artist grants from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. and his poems have appeared in Poetry, TriQuarterly, Northwest Review, The Massachusetts Review, The American Scholar, Alaska Quarterly Review, Quarterly West and elsewhere.
A frequent contributor to Audubon magazine, he has written as well for such publications as Smithsonian, National Wildlife, Orion, The North American Review, and the New York Times. One of his essays was selected for The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2010.
For A Parrot Without a Name, Stap accompanied scientists on a three-month expedition into an unexplored region of Peru. A Parrot Without a Name was widely and favorably reviewed, including a front-page review from the New York Review of Books by George Plimpton. For Birdsong, which Publishers Weekly calls “a lucidly written combination of scientific lore and vivid reportage,” Stap was interviewed by Terry Gross on her National Public Radio program Fresh Air.
A native of Michigan, Don Stap has taught at the University of Central Florida since 1985.