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Volume 26, Number 7 — July 2019

Book by ETSU professor Celebrates Beauty of Nature

In "Sinking Creek Journal" the author, Fred Waage, takes the reader along with him on daily walks to commemorate his 63rd year.

Author described as 'a modern-day Thoreau'

June 10, 2010

BRISTOL, VA — Little Creek Books in Bristol announces the publication of Sinking Creek Journal: an environmental book of days written by East Tennessee State University professor Fred Waage.

A journal of place, and a description of days; in Sinking Creek Journal the author takes the reader along with him on daily walks to commemorate his sixty-third year. While a diary of place, rather than self, Sinking Creek Journal follows one man's journey through a climacterical year in a place called Sinking Creek in Northeast Tennessee.

Sinking Creek Journal
will fill a "place" for seekers of a modern-day Thoreau. Local author Lisa Alther says, "This beautiful and unique Book of Days kept me reading well past my bedtime for several nights running. In sensuous prose that borders on poetry, Frederick Waage records the intricate interactions among the creatures and plants, the weather and water and rocks, around the land on which he lives."

Sinking Creek flows through Waage's property at the edge of the Cherokee National Forest in Northeast Tennessee, where he lives with wife and their cats and border collies. He is the author of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction which has appeared in periodicals and chapbooks, and he was the founding editor of the significant Appalachian magazine Now and Then.

A former staffer of Friends of the Earth, as a college teacher, Waage specializes in environmental literature and writing in such courses as "Environmental Sleuths." His greatest interest as a teacher is environmental literature and writing. He has published poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction on nature in chapbooks and periodicals. He also has published a biography of American "literary ecologist" George R. Stewart, and is preparing a study of the great environmental novel by Ross Lockridge, Jr., Raintree County.

Waage edited the significant pedagogical anthology Teaching Environmental Literature (1985), one of the inspirations for the environmental literature movement begun in the 1980s; and embodied in the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment. He co-edited its much-expanded second edition, Teaching North American Environmental Literature (2008).

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