Sean Prentiss is the award winning author of Finding Abbey: The Search for Edward Abbey and His Hidden Desert Grave, which won the National Outdoor Book Award, the Utah Book Award for Nonfiction, and the New Mexico-Arizona Book Award. Finding Abbey was a finalist for the Vermont and Colorado Book Awards.
He is also the author of Crosscut: Poems, a memoir-in-poems about his time as a trail builder in the Pacific Northwest.
Sean is the co-editor of two anthologies on the craft of creative nonfiction. They are The Science of Story: The Brain Behind Creative Nonfiction and The Far Edges of the Fourth Genre.
He is the co-author of two textbooks. They are Environmental and Nature Writing: A Writer's Guide and Anthology and Advanced Creative Nonfiction: A Writer's Guide and Anthology.
He is the series co-editor for Bloomsbury's Writers' Guide and Anthology textbook series, which has many books in print.
Sean serves as Backcountry Magazine's poet laureate.
Sean Prentiss has lived and worked in most parts of the United States--the East Coast, Florida, the Rocky Mountains, the Great Basin, the Pacific Northwest, the Midwest, and now New England. Wherever he has lived, the power of stories and the power of place have been a part of his life.
Before he became a professor and writer, Sean worked as a trail builder with the Northwest Youth Corps in the Pacific Northwest and the Southwest Conservation Corps in the Desert Southwest. He also dish washed in five states and did about a million odd jobs ranging from construction to driving cars.
When not working, he has canoed the Delaware River solo from headwaters to brackish water, thru hiked the 500-mile Colorado Trail, and section hiked Vermont's Long Trail.
When he is not writing, traveling, canoeing, or hiking, Sean is an associate professor at Norwich University. He hand-built a small cabin in the central mountains of Colorado, and he lives on a small lake in northern Vermont with his beautiful wife, Sarah, his daughter, Winter, and his wild dog, Blueberry.
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