Daniel G. Payne: Orion on the Dunes

Join us for a reading and signing by Daniel G. Payne, local author of Orion on the Dunes: A Biography of Henry Beston
The Wall Street Journal exclaims, “An engaging and incisive biography of Beston, illuminating the life and philosophy of one of our preeminent nature writers.”
“Scholar Daniel Payne was granted unrestricted access to the writer’s archives and drawing on interviews with friends and family and has crafted a scrupulously researched narrative; one presenting a masterful portrait that traces the intellectual growth and tumultuous life of a vital American writer whose work and thought have exerted a tremendous pull on poets, naturalists, and novelists alike. This is the backstory to a life at once hidden and transparent that is here finally revealed.”
“Daniel G. Payne is a professor of English at SUNY College at Oneonta, where he has taught creative writing workshops in screenwriting and creative non-fiction, and courses in American literature [. . .]. He holds a B.A. in English from Union College, a law degree from Albany Law School and a Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo. His book-length works include Voices in the Wilderness: American Nature Writing and Environmental Politics (1996); The Palgrave Environmental Reader (2005); Writing the Land: John Burroughs and His Legacy (2008); and Why Read Thoreau’s Walden? (2013). Dr. Payne also directs the biannual John Burroughs Nature Writing Conference & Seminar, commonly referred to as the “Sharp Eyes” Conference, at SUNY Oneonta. In 2012 Dr. Payne was honored with the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.”
For more on the author and his publications, visit his website: https://www.oriononthedunes.com/