Curriculum Vitae                                                                                                                   (4/17)


John Lane

103 Tempo Court

Spartanburg, SC 29307



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Bennington College, M.F.A. in Poetry, 1996.

The University of Virginia, Hoyns Fellowship in Poetry, 1980.

Breadloaf School of English, summer, 1977.

Wofford College, B.A. in English and religion, 1977.




Professor of English and Environmental Studies and Founding Director of Goodall Environmental Studies Center, Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC, 1988 – present (Teaching responsibilities: environmental literature & humanities, and creative writing)


Co-founder and emeritus board member of The Hub City Writers Project (Spartanburg) since 1995; co-editor of its six of its 90 book-length publications.


Editor & Publisher, Holocene Press, 1990-present (20 literary titles edited; recent publications by poets David Lehman, Jim Peterson, Scott Gould, Stephen Sandy, and Drew Lanham.)




“Environmental Humanities”

“Environmental Studies 101”

“Major theme environmental writing” – an environmental studies seminar.

“River Narratives” – a freshman level English seminar reading novels with rivers as their setting.

“Into the Wild”—a freshman level seminar exploring wildness through film and literature.

“Eco-Narratives” — a freshman level seminar exploring various narratives concerning

our relationship to the landscape. Includes readings from Barry Lopez,, James Kilgo, and others.

“The Nature and Culture of Water,” a freshman learning community taught with biologist Ellen Goldey, 2001-2008.

“Environmental Literature,” an upper level seminar surveying nature writing since Gilbert White.

“Creative Nonfiction Workshop” — an upper level workshop in the writing of creative nonfiction.

“Poetry Writing Workshop” — an upper level workshop in the writing of poetry.

“Contemporary Poetry” — an upper level seminar exploring many of the major voices in American

poetry since 1945. Readings in the poetry of Theodore Roethke, Sylvia Plath, Gary Snyder, etc.





Earthday Speaker, University of Georgia, April 19, 2017.


The Wofford College Tyson Family Lecture on the Preservation and Restoration of Southern Ecosystems, a conversation with Dan Flores, author of Coyote America, March 2017.


Currated Wofford College’s Santee Cooper Lecture Series Sustainability & Energy 2009-present


Developed alpha version of app for the iphone, “Digitail James Dickey: The Nature Poems” with the James Dickey estate, Wofford collegues Deno Trakas and David Sykes, and Spartanburg High School English teacher Ed Epps. Supported in part by funding from Arthur Vining Davis grant., 2012-2013


Organized and hosted “Imagination in the Ruins,” a week-long writing workshop at Goodall Environmental Studies Center, with visiting writers Janisse Ray and Drew Lanham, June 2011.


Served as co-host and conference organizer with biology colleague Ellen Goldey for the 500 participant ASLE Biennial Conference (Association for the Study of Literature and Environment) held at Wofford College in June, 2007.


Presented with Ellen Goldey original creative non-fiction in our session “Lake Conestee: Views from the Two Cultures” at the 2005 ASLE conference in Eugene, OR.


Facilitated (along with Ellen Goldey) a two-day workshop at Franklin Pierce College, NH, with approximately 30 faculty members who are interested in initiating learning communities on their campus (June 7-8, 2004).


Helped facilitate a “Student Preceptors” workshop (with Ellen Goldey) at the Third Annual Institute on Learning Communities at Evergreen State College, June 24-29, 2003.


Presented “Water: A Confluence of the Sciences and the Humanities” as part of a four-person “Nature and Culture of Water” teaching team (John Lane, Ellen Goldey, and student preceptors Amelia Snider and Thomas Pierce) at the Arkansas Southern Regional Learning Communities Conference, 24-26 October 2002.


Presented “Innovative Public Education Programs for College Students – Combining the Sciences and Humanities to Achieve a Deeper Understanding of Water Issues” (with Ellen Goldey and Graham Rich, the General Manager of SWS/SSSD) at the 75th Annual Water Environment Federation Conference and Exposition, September 28-Oct. 2, 2002.


Panel: “What the River Says” (with Ellen Goldey and Betsy Teter, ED of The Hub City Writers Project) ASLE Biennial Conference, Kalamazoo, Michigan, June 3-6, 1999.


Presentation: “Contemporary Southern Nature Writing,” Society for Study of Southern Literature annual meeting, Charleston, SC, April 17-19, 1998.


Chair of panel, SC Philological Society, Converse College, March 20-22, 1998.


Essay: “Into the Last Eden: Suriname’s Rain Forest,” presented to Conference for Environment and Community, University of Nevada, Reno, February, 1998.


Roundtable: “Southern Nature Writing” ASLE (Association for Study of Literature & Environment)

Biannual Conference, Missoula, MT, July 17-19, 1997.


Panel: “Crafting the Poem” (with Paul Allen, Bennie Lee Sinclair, Quitman Marshall, Stephen Gardner) South Carolina Book Festival, Columbia, SC, April 18, 1997.


Presentation: “Patton’s Run: The Emergence of a Place from Obscurity to Popularity”(with Gerald Thurmond), Popular Culture National Meeting, San Antonio, TX, March 26-29, 1997.


Presentation: “Cross Currents: Six Writers on Environmental Ethics.” A symposium at Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC featuring Rick Bass, Janet Lembke, James Kilgo, David Romtvedt, Linda Hasslstrom, and John Lane. January, 1995.


Presentation: “Metaphor: the Ultimate Authority in Poetry and Prose,” North Carolina Writers Network Annual Conference, Asheville, NC, November 11-13, 1994.


Panel: “Writing & Working,” (With poet Evan Boland and others) North Carolina Writers Network Annual Conference, Asheville, NC November 11-13, 1994.


Presentation: “Writing Personal Essays,” South Carolina Writers Workshop Annual Conference,

Wofford College, October, 1994.




Workshop Leader, Writing in Place, Wofford College, summer ’01-present.


Workshop Leader, Wildacres Writer’s Retreat, Little Switzerland, NC, Summer ‘99 & ’97, ’05, ’08 & 12.


Visiting Writer, Lt. Governor’s Young Writers Workshop, Columbia College, SC, Summer ‘98 & ‘97.


Playwright-in-Residence, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio.

In residence during rehearsals while the Department of Theater produced a one act,

“The Pheasant Cage.” May 22-27, 1995.


Artist-in-Residence, SC Governor’s School for the Arts, Greenville, SC; summer, 1983-1992.


Writer-in-Residence, Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute, summers ‘85-’87.


Writer-in-Residence, Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, Michigan, winter / spring, 1987.


Artist-in-Residence, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California; winter, 1986.


Poet-in-Residence, Fine Arts High School of Greenville County, SC; 1984-85.






Coyote Settles the South (nonfiction)

2017 finalist, John Burroughs Medal, one of four “nature books of uncommon merit” from the John Burroughs Association


Fate Moreland’s Widow (novel)

2015 Foreword Reviews INDIEFAB Book of the Year, Finalist for Historical Fiction

2016 Independent Book Publisher Awards, Silver Medal for Southeast Regional Fiction

2016 SIBA (Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance ) Great Santini Fiction Prize, Longlist Finalist

Abandoned Quarry: New & Selected Poems


2014 Inducted into the South Carolina Academy of Authors


2014 South Carolina Wildlife Federation, Water Conservationist of the Year

2012 The SIBA (Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance) Poetry Book of the Year [Other three finalists were Ron Rash, Robert Morgan, and Nikky Finney.]

2013 Literary Dogs and their South Carolina Writers (co-edited with Betsy Teter) Independent Book Publisher Awards, Silver Medal in category of animals/pets


2013 Upstate Forever Clean Water Champion of the Year


2012-2015 Co-coordinator of Wofford College’s $383,000 “Thinking Like a River” three-year Initiative to shape a culture of sustainability centered on local rivers and creeks, funded by the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation.


SIBA Poetry Book of the Year (Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance) for Abandoned Quarry, 2012.


The Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award for the essay “Sardis,” 2011.


2011 Excellence in Teaching Award presented by South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities.


2005-2007 Recipient with English colleague Deno Trakas of $123,400 from Watson-Brown Foundation (GA) to fund ‘Cornbread & Sushi,” three classes, two road trips, and a publication exploring the changing rural South through literature, history and personal writing.


2002 Senior Faculty Member on a $199,952 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Course, Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement program (DUE-0126788). The project “Seeing the Big Picture: Linking the Sciences and the Humanities” has fostered the development and implementation of eight freshmen learning communities that integrate two General Education courses, one in science and the other in humanities.


2001, 2002, and 2003. Awarded $40,500 through three grants from the Spartanburg Water System and Spartanburg Sanitary Sewer District to collaborate with biology professor Ellen Goldey and two student preceptors on a unique freshman learning community in which a science course and humanities course are integrated and thematically linked by the topic of water. The 2001 grant funded the pilot program for the institutional NSF grant.


Faculty Member of the Year, Wofford College, 2006.


Phillip D. Reed Award for Writing about the Southern Environment, The Southern Environmental Law Center, 2001.


Milliken Technology Challenge Award, Wofford College, 1999.


Wofford College Faculty Research Grant, summer 1998.


Runner-up, AWP Awards Series in Creative Nonfiction for manuscript A Stand of Cypress,

  1. (Judged by Patricia Hampl)


The South Carolina Fiction Project, 1999, 1993 & 1984.


The Louisville Review Poetry Prize, 1992. (Judged by Yusef Komunyakaa)


Nominated for a Pushcart Prize (best of the small presses), 2010, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994,

1993, 1992 and 1980.


South Carolina Arts Commission Poetry Fellowship recipient, 1984.


World Wildlife Fund grant (wildlife study in Central America) summer, 1980.


National Endowment of the Arts Apprenticeship Grant, Copper Canyon Press, Port Townsend,

Washington, 1978-’79.




Full Collections, (Poems & Prose):


Antropocene Blues – book of poems (Macon, Ga: Mercer University Press) 2017

Coyote Settles the South – a full-length narrative (Athens, Ga: University of Georgia Press) Spring 2016

Fate Moreland’s Widow – a novel (Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press) Spring 2015

The Old Rob Poems   (Cullowhee, NC: New Native Press) Fall 2014

Web of Water: The Saluda-Reedy Watershed with photographers Tom Blagdon, Jon Holloway, Ben Geer Keyes, and Clay Bolt (Spartanburg, SC: Hub City Writers Project) Spring 2013

Begin with Rock, End with Water (Macon, Ga: Mercer University Press) fall 2012

My Paddle to the Sea (Athens & London: The University of Georgia Press), fall 2011.

Abandoned Quarry: New and Selected Poems (Macon, Ga: Mercer University Press) spring 2011

The Best of Kudzu Telegraph — selection of 48 columns from Spartanburg Journal (Spartanburg, SC: Hub City Writers Project) fall 2008

Circling Home — book-length personal narrative (Athens & London: The University of Georgia Press), Fall 2007. Second printing, 2/08. Republished in paperback by UGA Press, 2008.

Chattooga: Descending into the Myth of Deliverance River— book-length personal narrative (Athens & London: The University of Georgia Press), Spring 2004; republished in paperback by UGA Press, Fall 2005.

Noble Trees of the SC Upstate— coffee table book including 14 poems (Spartanburg, SC: Hub City Writers Project) 2003.

Waist Deep in Black Water—personal essays (Athens & London: The University of Georgia Press) Fall 2002; republished in paperback by UGA Press Spring 2004.

Against Information & Other Poems— poetry (Cullowhee, NC: New Native Press), 1995.

Weed Time: essays from the edge of a country yard— personal essays (Charlotte, NC: Briarpatch Press), 1993. Reissued by Holocene, 1995.

As the World Around Us Sleeps—poetry (Charlotte, NC: Briarpatch Press), 1992. Reissued by Holocene 2006.


Edited Volumes:


Literary Dogs and their South Carolina Writers co-edited with Betsy Teter (Spartanburg, SC: Hub City Press) 2012.

The Woods Stretched for Miles: Contemporary Nature Writing from the South, co-edited with Gerald Thurmond (Athens, GA: The University of Georgia Press), 1999.

Hub City Christmas: 31 Spartanburg Writers Trim the Literary Tree, co-edited with Betsy Teter (Spartanburg, SC: Hub City/Holocene Publications) November 1997.

Hub City Anthology : Spartanburg Writers & Artists,   co-edited with Betsy Teter (Spartanburg, SC: Hub City/Holocene Publications) April 1996.


Limited Editions (Poetry, Prose Chapbooks, Pamphlets, & Broadsides):


The Once-Again Wilderness: Following Wendell Berry into Kentucky’s Red River Gorge, co-edited with Jeremy Jones— (Spartanburg, SC: Holocene Publications), 2000.

The Dead Father Poems— (Raleigh, NC: Horse & Buggy Press), Fall 2000.

Something Rare as a Dwarf-flowered Heartleaf— (Save the Mary Elizabeth Woods), 1999.

Against Information: A Broadside— (Cullowhee, NC: New Native Press, 1994)

Usumacinta Journey   — a collaborative journal from Mexico— (Spartanburg, SC: Holocene Publications), 1992.

Body Poems — (Cullowhee, NC: New Native Press), 1991.

Quartz Mountain Daybook— (Oklahoma City, OK: OSAI publications), 1987.

Quarries— (Davidson, NC: Briarpatch Press), 1985.

Thin Creek — (Port Townsend, Washington: Copper Canyon Press), 1978.


Magazine & Periodical Publications:


Poems & prose in: Poetry Northwest, Puerto Del Sol, The Louisville Review, German Elle, Canoe,

The Cimarron Review, Nimrod, Cold Drill, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Ironwood,

The Harvard Magazine, Ploughshares, South Carolina Review, Country Journal,

American Whitewater and many more.


Contributing columnist for Blue Ridge Press Syndicate [“The Blue Ridge Press syndicated column service gives the Southeast’s editorial page editors a credible, reliable source for op-ed columns and in-depth commentary on environmental issues in the news”—web site copy.


Anthologized Work & and work in collections with more than one author:


Three poems, “The Day Andy Griffith Died,” “Tony Dorsett and his Band,” and “Wreckage,” in Hardlines: Rough South Poetry, edited by Daniel Cross Turner and William Wright (Columbia, SC: The University of South Carolina Press) 2016.


A poem, “Poinsett’s Bridge” in The World is Charged Poetic Engagements with Gerard Manley Hopkins, edited by Daniel Westover and William Wright (Clemson, SC: Clemson University Press) 2016.


A poem, “The Geologist Speaks of Phosphate,” in Found Anew, edited by R. Mac Jones and Ray McManus (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press) 2015.


An essay, “The Upper Broad River: A Pastoral,” in State of the Heart, edited by Aida Rogers (Columbia, SC: The University of South Carolina Press) 2013.


A prose piece, “How Poetry Comes to Me,” in Follow the Thread, edited by Alan Cohen (Logan, OH: Ravensun) 2013.


An essay, “Still Under the Influence: The Bioregional Origins of the Hub City Writers Project,” in the bioregional imagination, edited by Tom Lynch, Cheryll Glotfelty, and Karla Armbruster (Athens & London: The University of Georgia Press) 2012.


An essay, “Sols Creek Falls,” in High Vistas: An Anthology of Nature Writing from Western North Carolina & the Great Smoky Mountains, Volume 2 1900-2009, edited by George Ellison (Charleston: The natural History Press) 2011.


Two poems, “The Homecoming of Osceola” and “The River Falling” in Field Work: Modern Poems from Eastern Forests, edited by Erik Reece (Lexington: University of Kentucky Press) 2008.


An essay, “Lake Conestee,” in A Voice for the Earth, edited by Peter Blaze Corcoran and A. James Wohlpart (Athens & London: The University of Georgia Press) 2008.


An essay, “Meet the Creek,” co-written with Ellen Goldey, in Learning from the Land: Teaching About Place, edited by Laird Christensen and Hal Crimmel (Reno, NV: University of Nevada Press) 2008.


Three poems in South Carolina Poetry Anthology (Denton, Texas: North Texas State Press) 2007.


A poem, “The Heights of Ollantaytambo,” in The Darfur Anthology (Elgin, IL: Elgin Community College) Spring 2007.


A personal Essay, “Faith,” in Living Blue in the Red States edited by David Starkey (Lincoln, Nebraska: Univeristy of Nebraska Press) Fall 2007.


Four poems in a Millennial Sampler of South Carolina Poetry edited by Gilbert Allen and William C. Rogers (Greenville, SC: Ninety-Six Press), 2005.


Six poems in Twenty: The South Carolina Poetry Fellows (Spartanburg, SC: Hub City Writers Project) 2005.


Six poems in Elemental South, a collection of Southern Nature Writing, edited by Dorinda Dalmeyer (Athens & London: The University of Georgia Press), Fall 2004.


Three poems in Manifestations: The d’Ats Literary Anthology, Edited by Gary Corseri (Atlanta, GA: The DeKalb Council for the Arts), 2004.


Essay, “River Wild,” in Adventure America (Washington, DC: National Geographic Press), 2002.


Essay, “Confluence: Pacolet River,” in Heart of a Nation: Writers and Photographers Inspired by the American Landscape (Washington, DC: National Geographic Press), 2000.


Six poems in The Lawson’s Fork: Headwaters to Confluence, written by David Taylor & Gary Henderson (Spartanburg, SC: Hub City Writers Project), 2000.


Essay, “The Inheritance of Autumn” one of 12 essays in A Year in Place edited by Bret Lott (The University of Utah Press), 2000.


A personal essay, “Mistletoe,” in Hub City Christmas : 32 Spartanburg Writers

Trim the Literary Tree (Spartanburg, SC: Holocene), 1997.


Essay, “Natural Edges,” in In Short: An Anthology of Short Creative Nonfiction Edited by Judith Kitchen & Mary Paumier Jones (New York, NY: WW Norton), 1996.


Essay “Walking Kelsey Creek” in Hub City Anthology: Spartanburg Writers & Artists (Spartanburg, SC: Holocene), 1996.


Three sections of the poem “Against Information” in Coffee House Poetry Anthology Edited by June King and Larry Smith (Huron, OH: Bottom Dog Press), April 1996.


A poem “Exchange Rates” appears in You Year: New Poems by Point Poets Edited by Thomas Johnson (Columbia, SC: Harbinger Publications), 1996.


Five poems in 45/96: An Anthology of South Carolina Poets, Edited by William Aarns (Greenville, SC: Ninety-Six Press), 1995.


Introductions, Entries, and Professional Essays Written for Hire:


Foreword to Cottonwood Trail (Spartanburg, SC: Hub City Writers Project), 2006.


“Donald Hall,” an entry for The Encyclopedia of New England Culture (Darthmoth, NH: The University Press of New England), 2005.


Foreword to Ossabaw: Evocations of an Island (Athens & London: The University of Georgia Press), Spring 2004.


“Power of the Shoals” an entry written for Textile Town: Spartanburg County, South Carolina, edited by Betsy Wakefield Teter (Spartanburg, SC: Hub City Writers Project), 2002.


Introduction to Memories of Cleveland Park, published by Stop the Violence (Nashville, TN: Write Together Publishing), 2001.


Introduction to The Place I Live: Hub City Kids Write About Home (Spartanburg, SC: Hub City Writers Project), 2001.


“The Year in Poetry 1999” 12 page essay/review of year’s production in contemporary poetry in Dictionary of Literary Biography Yearbook (The Gale Group: A Bruccoli Clark Layman Book), 2000.


“The Year in Poetry 1998” 12 page essay/review of year’s production in contemporary poetry in Dictionary of Literary Biography Yearbook (The Gale Group: A Bruccoli Clark Layman Book), 1999.


“The Year in Poetry 1997” 12 page essay/review of year’s production in contemporary poetry in Dictionary of Literary Biography Yearbook (The Gale Group: A Bruccoli Clark Layman Book), 1998.


Foreword to Nine Days in Union: the Search for Alex and Michael Smith by Gary Henderson (Spartanburg, SC: Honoribus Press), 1995.


Introduction to No Wrong Mountain: A World Journal by Ingrid Hutto (Spartanburg, SC: Holocene), 1990.


Ms. Recordings, Videos, Writing, Broadcasts & Collaborations:


A 30-minute film about my love of rivers and 2009 paddle to the sea called River Time, by Chris Cogan & Tom Byars   (Athens, GA: RiverTimeFilms,) 2013.


An episode of poetry and music by John Lane & Mark O’Connor broadcast on The Romantic Hours, hosted by Mona Galabek and carried on 100 NPR stations nationwide (Network Chicago: WFMT Radio Network) March 20, 2004.


Four poems, written in collaboration with Nashville fiddler Mark O’Connor, appeared as liner notes in O’Connor’s Sony Classical release, Midnight on the Water, April 1998. Four of the tracks take their titles from the poems.


Two songs, “Split-level Woman (co-written with C.L. Abercrombie, Peter Cooper and Baker Maultsby), and “Love’s Refugee” (co-written with Peter Cooper and Baker Maultsby) appear on Baker Maultsby’s Bingo=Sin, June 1998.


“Split-level Woman” played as background to a scene on the nationally broadcast NBC sit-com “Maggie Winters,” February 4, 1999.


A 30-minute interview program on The Writers’ Circle of South Carolina with Patty Just. SC Educational Television, broadcast in 1996.


A 30-minute video of the poem “Against Information” produced by video artist             Michael Ferguson, 1996.


An improvisational performance of “Against Information” with musician Greg Olson appeared on the tape Live at the Green Door from Fern Hill Records, 1994.




Texas Tech, University of North Carolina, Lander University, Delta State University, Oklahoma University of Science and Art, California Institute of the Arts, Clemson University, Presbyterian College, Folger Shakespeare Library, Spoletto Festival, South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts, Michigan Tech University, Wofford College, Chumley’s Bar & Grill in New York and many more.




Associated Writing Programs; (AWP), Association for Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE); Popular Culture Association (PCA); Board of Advisors (in creative nonfiction) for the South Carolina Writers Workshop; Former Board Member of Upstate Forever; Emeritus Board of Directors for the Hub City Writers Project.




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