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Shaped by Place: A Reading of Nature Writing by Rick Van Noy and John Lane


ONSITE  | Thursday, June 27, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Presenters: Rick Van Noy & John Lane

Free | Suggested Donation $12 

BRN, BREG - Elective, 1 hour

Limit: 80

We bring authors Rick Van Noy and John Lane together to read from their recent works. Connected by journeys and the shaping powers of place, Van Noy and Lane produced memoirs in which each excavates deepening and shifting layers of environmental, historical, cultural, and personal significance.
After a near-fatal stroke and a separation, amidst a global pandemic, Rick Van Noy decided to go for a paddle. In Borne by the River, he charts the story of discovery, and healing that came from this solo canoe journey. Paddling two hundred miles on the Delaware River to his boyhood home just upriver from Trenton, New Jersey, Van Noy contemplates his fate and life, as well as the simple joy of sitting in a small boat floating down a large river with his dog, Sully. 
While scouting sites for geology field trips, poet and naturalist John Lane encountered deep gullies created between the Civil War and the 1930s contributed to by his mother's tenant farming family and their rural neighbors in Piedmont South Carolina. This brush with the poor farming practices of the past leads Lane into an exploration of his own family's complicated history and of the larger environmental forces that have shaped the region where he chooses to live. In Gullies of My People, Lane weaves memoir together with explorations of the natural world and produces a compelling and complex history of a place and its people. 
Rick Van Noy is Professor of English at Radford University. Other books of his include Sudden Spring, A Natural Sense of Wonder, and Surveying the Interior. 
John Lane is professor emeritus of environmental studies at Wofford College. A 2014 inductee into the South Carolina Academy of Authors, his books include Circling Home, My Paddle to the Sea, and Coyote Settles the South. He is also coeditor of The Woods Stretched for Miles: New Nature Writing from the South, and he has published numerous volumes of poetry, essays, and novels. He lives in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

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