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RECENT NEWS

I am very excited and honored to have been recently selected as an Artist-in-Residence for both Glacier National Park and Acadia National Park for the 2017-2018 season.

I will spend four weeks in June 2017 in residence at Glacier National Park writing about the park (and possibly a little bit about the adjacent Flathead National Forest) with a special interest in the park's waters and indigenous trout (cutthroat trout and bull char), as well as environmental issues the park currently faces. This is simultaneoulsy a stunningly beautiful landscape and also a fragile landscape and collection of ecosystems. If you are in the park in June, keep an eye out for a couple public programs I will be offering.

Tanalian Falls, Lake Clark NP&P

I will spend three weeks in May 2018 in residence at Acadia National Park. Again I will writing about the park and its unique features and landscapes, and especially about its various freshwater ponds, lakes, and streams and their native wild Maine brook trout. As with Glacier, I am interested in the environmental issues the park currently faces, as well as in the conservation and preservation work being done at our vitally important public lands--especially our national parks and national forests. The Artist-in-Residence program at Acadia is run by the Schoodic Institute.

Lake Kontrashibuna, Lake Clark NP&P

And, finally, though I have no formal residency, I will also be spending a week in August of 2017 at Lake Clark National Park and Preserve enjoying the amazing hospitality of The Farm Lodge (a.k.a. Lake Clark Air and The Farm Lodge) in Port Alsworth. This will be my second visit to The Farm Lodge and to Lake Clark National Park and Preserve with my friend and co-author David O'Hara. We will write about Alaska's native char species (Dolly Varden trout, lake trout, and Arctic char), about fly fishing, and about nature and ecology. Prior to flying out to Port Alsworth, we'll also spend a few days in and around both the Chugach National Forest and Chugach State Park.

Out of all of this, I should end up with at least three published books of narrative non-fiction between late 2017 and late 2018. One book will be a collection of essays about nature, ecology, wildness, and public lands to be published by Hiraeth Press. The other two books will be part of my Heart Streams series with Wings Press; one will focus on native cutthroat trout of Montana, Wyoming and Colorado, and the other on North American species of char, especially in Alaska.

ABOUT ME

'The Gifted' book cover

I am... the author of numerous works of fiction and non-fiction in a variety of genres... a fly-fishing, outdoors, nature, and environmental writer whose works have appeared in a varity of print and online magazines and journals... and a popular speaker on a variety of topics including creative writing, fantasy literature (especially on the writings of J.R.R.Tolkien and C.S.Lewis), philosophy of mind, and trout and fly-fishing.

My works of fiction include two companion volumes of medieval historical heroic romance titled The Finnsburg Encounter (1991) and The Rood and the Torc: The Song of Kristinge, Son of Finn (2014) plus a three-volume fantasy novel collectively titled The Chronicles of Gondisle: The Daegmon War, beginning with The Gifted (2015), continuing with The Betrayed (2016) and concluding in Spring of 2017 with Illengond. (See the Historical Fiction and Gondisle Chronicles tabs above.)

'The Betrayed' book cover

I have also authored a pair of works of creative narrative non-fiction books on nature, ecology, trout, and fly-fishing titled Downstream: Reflections on Brook Trout, Fly Fishing, and the Waters of Appalachia (published by Cascade Press in 2014 and co-authored with David O’Hara) and Trout in the Desert: on Fly Fishing Human Habits, and the Cold Waters of the Arid Southwest (published by Wings Press in 2015 as the first volume in a new "Heartstreams" series to be continued in 2017 with A Tale of Three Rivers). (See the Fishing, Ecology, Outdoors tab above.)

I had the opportunity to do graduate studies at Cornell University in both Computer Science and Old English Language and Literature. I am the author or co-author of several books, chapters, and essays on fantasy literature, especially (but not exclusively) on the writings of J.R.R.Tolkien and C.S.Lewis. (See the About Fantasy tab above.)

I have also written works of biography, apologetics and philosophy of mind and philosophy of computation, and a high school geometry text. (See the all-encompasing Other Writings tab above.)

I am a professor at Middlebury College in Vermont. I am currently co-directing and teaching at the new Northern Pen Young Writers' Conference (wwww.thenorthernpen.com). And for twelve years I was the Director of the New England Young Writers' Conference at Breadloaf, and I still serve on the NEYWC Coordinating Committee and frequently lead workshops or craft sessions there.

2017 SPEAKING

Come catch me speaking or teaching at the following time and places. And if you are a young writer, be sure to check out the creative writing conferences.

  • Jan. 31. Corban University, OR. Reflections on creative writing.
  • Feb.4-5. Vashon Island, WA
  • March 29-30. Georgia Gwinnett College, Georgia
  • April 5. Munger Place, Dallas, TX
  • April 7. Cistercian High School, Dallas, TX. Guest presentations on C.S.Lewis and J.R.R.Tolkien.
  • April 24. Taylor University, Upland, IN. Various talks on creative writing and also on J.R.R.Tolkien.
  • April 25. Huntington University, Huntington, IN. On imagination, creativity, and Christianity.
  • May 18-21, 2017 The New England Young Writers' Conference. No talks or craft sessiosn this year. Just work helping organize the conference.
  • June 6 - July 1, 2017 Glacier National Park. Various public presentations to be announced later.
  • September 20. Veritas Forum, University of Waterloo, Waterlook, ONT. Computers, Reason, and Philosophy of Mind.
  • October 12-15. The Northern Pen Young Writers' Conference. Workshops on both fiction and on creative non-fiction nature and outdoors writing.
  • November 10, The Row House Forum. Something about J.R.R.Tolkien, rivers, water, and ecology.
  • December 11. Cistercian High School, Dallas, TX. Guest presentations on C.S.Lewis and J.R.R.Tolkien.
And coming up in 2018, speaking visits to Middlebury Institute of International Studies, Trinity Western University, and a C.S.Lewis conference in Oklahoma. Check back late in 2017 for more details on 2018.