About the Author:
Daniel G. Payne is a professor of English at SUNY College at Oneonta, where he has taught creative writing workshops in screenwriting and creative non-fiction, and courses in American literature including Hawthorne and Melville, Environmental Literature, Rachel Carson, and The River as Metaphor and Reality. He holds a B.A. in English from Union College, a law degree from Albany Law School and a Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo. His book-length works include Voices in the Wilderness: American Nature Writing and Environmental Politics (1996); The Palgrave Environmental Reader (2005); Writing the Land: John Burroughs and His Legacy (2008); and Why Read Thoreau’s Walden? (2013). Dr. Payne also directs the biannual John Burroughs Nature Writing Conference & Seminar, commonly referred to as the “Sharp Eyes” Conference, at SUNY Oneonta. In 2012 Dr. Payne was honored with the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.