Sean Prentiss is an award winning writer. Finding Abbey: The Search for Edward Abbey and His Hidden Desert Grave won the 2015 winner of the National Outdoor Book Award for History/Biography, the Utah Book Award for Nonfiction, and the New Mexico-Arizona Book Award for biography. Finding Abbey was also a finalist for both the Vermont and Colorado Book Awards.
His next book is Crosscut: Poems (2020), which is a memoir -in-poems about his time as a trail builder with the Pacific Northwest.
He is the co-editor of an anthology on the craft of creative nonfiction, entitled The Far Edges of the Fourth Genre, and the co-editor of a forthcoming anthology, entitled the Science of Story: The Brain Behind Creative Nonfiction.
He is also the co-author of Environmental and Nature Writer: Writers' Guide and Anthology and the forthcoming Advanced Creative Nonfiction: Writers' Guide and Anthology.
He is also the series editor for Bloomsbury's Writers' Guide and Anthology textbook series, which has three books in print and multiple books in production.
Sean also publishes magazine articles and is the creative editor for Backcountry Magazine.
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. And wherever he has lived, writing, place, and the power of stories and the power of place have always been a part of his life.
Sean is also a writer who focuses on craft essays concerning on creative nonfiction and environmental writing.
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 dish washed in five states and did about a million odd jobs ranging from demolish to construction to driving cars.
When not working, he has canoed the Delaware River solo from headwaters to brackish water. He also thru hiked the 500-mile Colorado Trail and section hiked America's oldest long distance hiking trail, Vermont's Long Trail.
When he is not writing, traveling, canoeing, or hiking, Sean is a core faculty member at Vermont College of Fine Arts in their Writing and Publishing program and 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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