John Elder

John Elder taught English and Environmental Studies at Middlebury College from 1973 to 2010.  His special interests in the classroom were American nature writing, English Romantic poetry, Basho and the haiku tradition, contemporary poetry of the earth, and environmental education. His most recent books, Reading the Mountains of Home, The Frog Run, and Pilgrimage to Vallombrosa, combine memoir with literary discussion and description of the Vermont landscape.  A forthcoming volume, supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship, will complete this sequence when it appears in 2012.

Along with his wife Rita and the families of their sons, John helps to operate Maggie Brook Sugarbush in the hills of Starksboro, Vermont.  He is also active in statewide environmental organizations including the Vermont Land Trust, the Center for Whole Communities, and Vermont Family Forests

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