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  • Reading the River: The Chattooga in Words and Music

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    Thursday, April 21

    Broadcast live from the Seney-Stovall Chapel on the campus of the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. The program was a production of WUGA-FM and the Environmental Ethics Certificate Program. Christopher Camuto is the author of three nonfiction books: A Fly Fisherman's Blue Ridge, Another Country: Journeying Toward the Cherokee Mountains, and Hunting from Home: A Year Afield in the Blue Ridge Mountains. He is currently at work on two books about the coast of Maine, including Time & Tide in Acadia: Seasons on Mount Desert Island, and planning two nonfiction books on Italy. He has published over a hundred essays, reviews, and articles, including work for Audubon, National Geographic, Wilderness, and other national outlets with an interest in nature and the environment. A columnist for Gray's Sporting Journal and Trout, he is at work on a volume of short stories and a volume of verse. Camuto is assistant professor of English at Bucknell University.
 John E. Lane has been published in American Whitewater, Southern Review, Terra Nova, and Fourth Genre. In addition, he has been anthologized in The Heart of a Nation and A Year in Place. His books include Chattooga: Descending into the Myth of Deliverance River and Waist Deep in Black Water, several volumes of poetry, and Weed Time, a gathering of essays. He was co-editor of the anthology The Woods Stretched for Miles: New Nature Writing from the South and was the winner of the Southern Environmental Law Center's 2001 Phillip K. Reid Award for Outstanding Writing on the Southern Environment. Lane is an associate professor of English at Wofford College. Thorpe Moeckel, a Georgia native, is a poet and outdoorsman. He won the Gerald Cable Book Award for his collection Odd Botany in a national competition sponsored by Silverfish River Press. His chapbook Meltlines is based on his river travels in Alaska. His poetry has been published in journals such as Field, the Southern Review, Poetry, Antioch Review, Nantahala, and Wild Earth. Moeckel earned an M.F.A. from the University of Virginia in 2002, where he was awarded both a Hoyns and Jacob Javits Fellowship. He teaches at the Durham Technical Community College and the Alamance Community College and is the 2004-2005 Kenan Visiting Writer at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.He is now on the creative writing faculty at Hollins College in Roanoake, Virginia. 
 Ron Rash has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and five times for a Pushcart Prize, plus numerous awards for poetry. His poetry and fiction have been published in more than 80 journals and magazines, and his novel One Foot in Eden was the Appalachian Writers Association's Book of the Year. In addition to his second novel, Saints at the River, he is author of two collections of short stories and three collections of poetry. Rash, who received a 2005 O. Henry Prize for the short story Speckle Trout, is the Parris Distinguished Professor in Appalachian Cultural Studies at Western Carolina University. Art Rosenbaum has been collecting, studying, and performing traditional American music for over 35 years. He sings and plays 5-string banjo, fiddle, guitar, harmonica, and mouth bow. His repertoire, much of it learned first-hand in the course of his field work, ranges from Appalachian banjo tunes and ballads through Southern and Midwestern fiddle tunes to blues and spirituals. Rosenbaum began seeking out traditional performers while in his teens and has recorded and produced over 14 documentary recordings over the years. An authority on traditional banjo styles, Rosenbaum has written two instructional books on the banjo. Rosenbaum teaches drawing and painting in the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia. In 2009, he was awarded music's highest honor, taking home a Grammy for "Art of Field Recording Volume I: Fifty Years Of Traditional American Music Documented By Art Rosenbaum." Rosenbaum received the honor for the best historical album. Art Rosenbaum was joined in this performance by Ned Gardiner on banjo.

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