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John Lane

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PRESENTING:Culture of the Carolinas: BBQ, Music, and Kudzu: Saturday, 2/28, 2:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m., Congaree; Short Works: Sunday, 3/1, 2:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m., Lexington A


John Lane is a place-based educator at Wofford College, an expert kayaker, and the author of numerous books of memoir and poetry. His outdoor adventure prose has appeared in Outside, American White Water, Canoe, South Carolina Wildlife, and anthologies from National Geographic Books.

His first collection of place-based personal essays, Weed Time, appeared from Briarpatch Press in 1993. In 1999 the University of Georgia Press published The Woods Stretched for Miles: Contemporary Southern Nature Writing, an anthology of Southern nature writing he co-edited with Wofford colleague Gerald Thurmond. His second collection of place-based essays, Waist Deep in Black Water appeared in 2002, and a book-length personal narrative, Chattooga: Descending into the Myth of Deliverance River, followed in 2004, both from The University of Georgia Press as well. In 2007 UGA published Circling Home, a memoir about the square mile around his Spartanburg County home, and in 2008 HubCity published his Best of the Kudzu Telegraph.

He has four books of poetry: As the World Around Us Sleeps (1992), Against Information (1995), The Dead Father Poems (2000), and Noble Trees (2003). In 2008 John’s extensive literary papers (letters, drafts, manuscripts, literary business) were acquired by TexasTech University's James Sowell Family Collection of Literature, Community, and the Natural World.

John has been awarded a NEA Poetry Apprenticeship Grant (1979), a Hoyns Fellowship in Poetry from the University of Virginia (1980), a South Carolina Arts Commission Individual Arts Fellowship (1984). In 2001 a prose piece about a Girl Scout camp threatened by development was awarded The Phillip D. Reed Memorial Award for Outstanding Writing on the Southern Environment by the Southern Environmental Law Center.

He teaches environmental studies and creative writing at Wofford College, where he is the director of the Glendale Shoals Environmental Studies Center, which will open in fall 2009.

GENRE(S): Nonfiction