I grew up in a small New Jersey town on the Delaware River just up from where Washington crossed on Christmas Eve. After stints in Colorado, Washington, and Ohio, I moved to Radford, Virginia, for a position in the English Department at Radford University and have stayed for the clean waterways and lovely mountains. Telemark skiing is among my more feverish pursuits, but I also enjoy biking, paddling, and gardening, believing—each spring—that I can keep the tomato blight at bay. Walking the dogs on a neighbor’s wooded hill doubles as exercise and relaxation. With my wife, Catherine, we live in an old farmhouse of revived plaster and odd angles with two children, Sam and Elliot, and a menagerie of animal dependents.
I am the author of Surveying the Interior: Literary Cartographers and the Sense of Place (2003), A Natural Sense of Wonder: Connecting Kids with Nature through the Seasons (2008), and Sudden Spring: Stories of Adaptation in a Climate-Changed South (2019).