J. Drew Lanham

J. Drew Lanham is a native of Edgefield and Aiken, South Carolina. In his twenty-two years as Clemson University faculty he’s worked to understand how forest management impacts wildlife and how human beings think about nature. Dr. Lanham seeks to translate conservation science to make it relevant to others in ways that are evocative and understandable. As a Black American he’s intrigued with how culture and ethnic prisms can bend perceptions of nature and its care. Dr. Lanham is a widely published author and award-nominated poet, writing about his experiences as a birder, hunter, and wild, wandering soul. His first solo works, The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature (Milkweed Editions) and a book of poetry, Sparrow Envy (Holocene Press), have met with wide acclaim. He currently resides in Seneca, SC with his wife Janice and two companion canines Chase and Kate. They have two adult children, daughter Alexis and son Colby.

have a voice and let it be heard

Maria Genovese and Lauren Bender interview
J. Drew Lanham


Our nonfiction editor Maria Genovese and editor-in-chief Lauren Bender had this exchange with J. Drew Lanham, featured nonfiction author for our Volume 3 print issue. Here’s what he had to say about his editing process, hope as a natural resource, and his goals for the future…. Read more