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John Lane

John Lane


Entry in South Carolina Encyclopedia.

Interview with Kurt Caswell and John Lane in the Los Angles Review of Books.

An avid kayaker and hiker, John Lane recently retired as Associate Professor of English and Environmental Studies and Director of the Goodall Center of Environmental Studies at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C. Lane’s books include Waist Deep in Black Water, The Woods Stretched for Miles andChattooga, inspired by one of the only major free-flowing southern Appalachian rivers and the setting for James Dickey’s film-inspiring novel Deliverance. His writing is also published in journals including Southern Review, Orionand American Whitewater. His most recent book, entitled Circling Home, celebrates a one-mile radius around the environmentally friendly house Lane and his wife recently built upon his return to his hometown. He discovers that the area, traced with a saucer on a topographic map, contains an archaeological site dating back eight thousand years, the graves of British soldiers killed in the Revolutionary War, a sewage treatment facility and ruins of cotton plantations abutting modern residential developments and a country club.

About the collections: Papers, 1917-2013 (75 boxes and 1 folder) contains drafts of his published material, from early anthologies and chapbooks to Begin with Rock, End with Water, 8 boxes of correspondence, with over 30 years of correspondence with former U.S. Poet Laureate Donald Hall. Copies of letters Lane wrote to others comprise 2 boxes of this collection. It also includes 2 boxes of photographs, some artifacts, and a great deal of teaching material, among them chapbooks students in Lane's creative writing classes wrote, designed, and printed. 

Papers, 1934-2018 (24 boxes) contains additional drafts of early works as well as drafts and page proofs for My Paddle to the Sea, Fate Moreland's Widow, and Coyote Settles the South. The collection includes correspondence, photos, digital storage components and artifacts.

  • Lane, John. Neighborhood Hawks: A Year Following Wild Birds. Athens: U of Georgia P, 201p.
  • Lane, John. Anthropocene Blues. Macon: Mercer UP, 2017.
  • Lane, John. Coyote Settles the South. Athens: U of Georgia P, 2016.
  • Lane, John. Fate Moreland's Widow. Athens: U of South Carolina P, 2015.
  • Lane, John. Begin with Rock, End with Water. Macon: Mercer UP, 2012.
  • Lane, John. My Paddle to the Sea. Athens: U of Georgia P, 2011.
  • Lane, John. Abandoned Quarry: New and Selected Poems. Macon: Mercer UP, 2010.
  • Lane, John. Best of the Kudzu Telegraph. Spartanburg: Hub City 2008.
  • Lane, John. Circling Home. Athens: U of Georgia P, 2007.
  • Lane, John. Chattooga: Descending into the Myth of Deliverance River. Athens: U of Georgia P, 2004.
  • Lane, John. Noble Trees of the South Carolina Upcountry. Spartanburg: Hub City, 2003.
  • Lane, John. Waist Deep in Black Water. Athens: U of Georgia P, 2002.
  • Lane, John. The Woods Stretched for Miles. Athens: U of Georgia P, 1999.
  • Lane, John. Hub City Anthology. Spartanburg: Hub City, 1996.
  • Lane, John. Against Information and Other Poems. Cullowhee: New Native Press, 1995.
  • Lane, John. Weed Time. Charlotte, NC: Briarpatch, 1993.
  • Lane, John. As the World Sleeps Around Us. Charlotte, NC: Briarpatch Press, 1992.
  • Updated: July 9, 2021