We are thrilled to be hosting renowned ornithologist and professor of wildlife ecology J. Drew Lanham on May 12th at 6PM! This evening of poetry will be celebrating Hub City Press's new release of his book Sparrow Envy, a new and expanded edition featuring 30% new material!
Drew will be in-conversation with his editor and founder of Holocene press John Lane (who published the original version of Sparrow Envy). Registration includes a signed copy of Sparrow Envy.
NOTE: This will be an in-person event at Growler Haus in downtown Spartanburg. There will be limited seating available (20 distanced seats) and the event will be held outside on the patio. The event will be live-streamed to Facebook. Both ticket types include a signed copy of Sparrow Envy: Field Guide to Birds and Lesser Beasts.
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“You are a rare bird, easy to see but invisible just the same.” That thought is close at hand in Sparrow Envy: Field Guide to Birds and Lesser Beasts, as renowned naturalist and writer J. Drew Lanham explores his obsession with birds and all things wild in a mixture of poetry and prose. He questions vital assumptions taken for granted by so many birdwatchers: can birding be an escape if the birder is not in a safe place? Who is watching him as he watches birds?
With a refreshing balance of reverence and candor, Lanham paints a unique portrait of the natural world: listening to cicadas, tracking sandpipers, towhees, wrens, and cataloging fellow birdwatchers at a conference where he is one of two black birders. The resulting insights are as honest as they are illuminating.
"In Sparrow Envy: Field Guide to Birds and Lesser Beasts, J. Drew Lanham shows himself to be an exuberantly lyrical thinker. In the poems, Lanham leans into the joy of sonic play as he engages and embodies issues of environmental and social justice. A keen-eyed observer of human nature and greater-than-human Nature, he sings the necessary songs of our time. Birding and poetry are practices of attentiveness, and the attention Lanham’s given these poems will greatly reward any reader’s attention. Lanham’s is a vision and voice I admire; I’m as grateful for this book, this field guide, as he is grateful for the wildness in the world."—Sean Hill, author of Dangerous Goods
"There's so much to admire here in the dense thicket of Drew Lanham's first poems and lyric prose pieces he calls 'field marks.' We don't need a literary field guide tor ecognize such a rare bird singing among us."—John Lane, author of Neighborhood Hawks
J. Drew Lanham is the author of The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature. He is a birder, naturalist, hunter-conservationist, and an Alumni Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Master Teacher at Clemson University. He lives in Seneca, South Carolina.