Writer Profile

William Funk


18 North Madison Street
Staunton, Virginia 24401

Short Biography:
I am a native of Kentucky and am currently an attorney and writer in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, from whence my father?s ancestors emigrated westward in the 1790s.

At present I have writen the following articles:
?Virginia?s Black Bear: Saga of a Survivor?
Virginia Wildlife: February 2005

?Old Man of the Mountains: The Northern Raven in Virginia?
Virginia Wildlife: October 2005

?Climbing the Last Light: An Afternoon of Hawkwatching?
Virginia Wildlife: September 2006 (see below)

?Gallinaceous Grand-slam: One Man?s Cross-Country Obsession with Quail?
Quail Unlimited Magazine: November 2006

?The Real World Remaining: Virginia?s Wilderness Areas?
Virginia Wildlife: April 2007

?Scavenger Angel: The Turkey Vulture Reconsidered?
Birdwatcher?s Digest: November 2007

Critical Description of Work:
My primary concern is with the unraveling of ancient ecosystems and human cultures in the blast-furnace of the New South?s rampant industrialism, development and population influx. The nature writing I admire and seek to emulate combines lyricism with honest anger and scientific erudition with a genuine sense of the real suffering the native land continues to endure.