Associate Professor of Writing/Communication

 I write and teach fiction, creative nonfiction, nature writing, and journalism. My books, all published by the University of Tennessee Press, are Paddling the Tennessee River: A Voyage on Easy Water (2001), Coldhearted River: A Canoe Odyssey Down the Cumberland (2006), and Liminal Zones: Where Lakes End and Rivers Begin (2013). People have referred to me as a nature writer and a travel writer, and I answer to both, though some of my writing fits neither of those categories.

 The Knoxville Mercury, a weekly newspaper, publishes my column, “Voice in the Wilderness.” It is great fun to hike, kayak, paddle board, fish, rock climb, and then write it up and call it work.

 The Highland Echo is our student newspaper at Maryville College, and I am faculty advisor. We publish a paper roughly every other week, and it’s rewarding to help the students develop as writers, photographers, and editors.

 Aside from paddling sports, hiking, and fishing, I have a passion for playing competitive tennis, singles in particular.

 I grew up in Murray, Kentucky, where most of my family still lives.