CSU, Chico News

Wilderness Writer Steve Edwards Visits CSU, Chico Oct. 13

Date: 10-10-2011

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs

The Writer’s Voice presents Steve Edwards, the author of “Breaking into the Backcountry” (University of Nebraska-Bison Books, 2010), on Thursday, Oct. 13, 5 p.m., in PAC 134, California State University, Chico. The reading is free and open to the public.

“Breaking into the Backcountry” is the story of Edward’s seven months of solitude as caretaker of a remote mountain homestead along the Rogue River in Oregon. Edwards, who grew up in Indiana, won the caretaking job as a result of a writer’s contest. The book tells the story of what he discovered during his time in the wilderness.

“In clean prose that is both introspective and self-deprecating, Edwards tells the age-old story of how the wilderness has the power to transform a life,” wrote Anna Nair, author of “Shelf Unbound.”

Edward’s work has most recently appeared in “Electric Literature No. 6,” “AGNI Online,” “The Silk Road Review” and “Bellingham Review.” He is working on a new nonfiction book about his grandfather’s appearance on the cover of LIFE magazine in 1942.

Born and raised in Indiana, educated at Purdue University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, he is now an assistant professor of English Studies at Fitchburg State University in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, where he lives with his wife and young son.

For more information, contact Rob Davidson, 530-898-6372, or e-mail him at rgdavidson@csuchico.edu. For more information on the Writer’s Voice series, visit http://www.csuchico.edu/engl/events/writersVoice.shtml.

This event is supported by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from The James Irvine Foundation. Additional support has been provided by CSU, Chico’s Writer’s Voice, the Department of English and the College of Humanities and Fine Arts.