Clinton Crockett Peters is the author of Pandora's Garden: Kudzu, Cockroaches, and Other Misfits of Ecology, forthcoming from the University of Georgia Press. He has an MFA in nonfiction from the University of Iowa where he was an Iowa Arts Fellow and is a Dissertation Fellow, pursuing a PhD in English and creative writing at the University of North Texas. He is the recipient of writing awards from Shenandoah, North American Review, Crab Orchard Review, Columbia Journal, and the Society for Professional Journalists. He has essays and fiction appearing in Orion, Southern Review, Texas Monthly, Hotel Amerika, Fourth Genre, Catapult, DIAGRAM, The Rumpus, Southwest Review, Green Mountains Review, Hunger Mountain, Waxwing, North Dakota Quarterly, Lake Effect, Upstreet, Canary, The MacGuffin, Fjords, Yemassee Journal, Blue Earth Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, The Dallas Observer, and The Denton Record Chronicle, among others.
In previous lives he was an English teacher in Kosuge Village, Japan (population 900), an outdoor wilderness guide, a journalism student, and a radio DJ. He is accumulating his essays about mountains and living in Japan into a second book, his dissertation, called, The Divine Coming of the Light and is working on a third book project called Wilderness Warriors that looks ironically at characters connected to the environment, such as fire-starters, Eric Robert Rudolph, and George W. Bush. He is also the Essays Editor at Pleiades, at http://www.pleiadesmag.com/.