The Children of the Creek Trilogy

Few people are more passionate about the Ozarks—both the physical region and the Ozarks on the page—than Todd Parnell. His deep roots in the region, his devotion for its waters, and his appreciation for the late master Donald Harrington show through in his Children of the Creek Trilogy

Dr. Brooks Blevins

Professor of Ozarks Studies, Missouri State University

This latest trilogy, the Children of the Creek, continues Todd’s passion for sustaining our water resources. It’s set in the context of a bizarre and quirky story, both spoof and satire on contemporary politics, culture and small towns in the Ozarks.

Dr. John Moore, Jr.

Former President, Drury University

Todd Parnell’s new trilogy is not only a rollicking comedy of horrors, it’s a tall tale of America’s heartland that will resonate with anyone who cares about our rapidly shrinking wild areas and all their precious flora and fauna

Dr. Ken LeSure

Author, Cold Feat

Ozarkian Folk Tales Trilogy

Skunk Creek is a brilliant read, full of vivid imagery, zany situations and memorable characters who come to life through Todd Parnell’s delightfully pungent prose. It takes you on a breathtaking ride through the hills and hollers of the Ozarks. That’s a trip well worth taking

Dr. Charles Taylor

Professor of Communication, Drury University

Amazing! What an imagination and natural storytelling ability.

Karen Foss

Retired Anchor, KSDK, St. Louis

Todd Parnell’s Ozarkian trilogy is not only a rollicking comedy of horrors, it’s a tall tale of America’s heartland that will resonate with anyone who cares about our rapidly-shrinking wild areas and all their precious flora and fauna. Parnell has spun a masterful yarn that could have come from the old master himself reborn—Mark Twain.

Dr. Ken LeSure

Author, Cold Feat

Sample a bit of Todd’s presentation – Life is A River: A Bend Beyond.

View the 10-minute version here.

RECENT & UPCOMING EVENTS

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Todd’s keynote presentation “Life Is A River – A Bend Beyond” calls out current environmental threats and inspires grassroots action. He encourages his audiences to believe in the power of one, to find their voices and to use them to enact change.

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AUTHOR

Todd shares his love for wild and natural places and his passion for protecting them in his collection of non-fiction and fiction works.

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RIVER RANT – THE BLOG

Todd’s bi-weekly blog, River Rant, is intended to stir some emotion, some passion, some reaction and some action – all with a little humor mixed in. Warning: he does not pretend to be politically correct.

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Todd Parnell Environmental Advocate and Keynote Speaker

TODD PARNELL

KEYNOTE SPEAKER     AUTHOR     ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCATE

Todd Parnell is a retired university president, bank founder and award-winning writer. He’s also an environmental advocate with a passion for protecting water quality and preserving pristine places.

The breadth and depth of Parnell’s life experience drives his confidence in each of us to grow as leaders at work, in the community and in causes of choice.

His keynote presentation, Life Is A River – A Bend Beyond, serves as an informed citizen’s call to action to protect the natural resources that are critical to all living things.

The collection of books he has authored, both fiction and nonfiction, reveals his affinity for wild and natural places and his strong desire to protect our country’s natural assets for future generations.