Erik Reece is the author of AN AMERICAN GOSPEL: ON FAMILY, HISTORY AND THE KINGDOM OF GOD and LOST MOUNTAIN: A YEAR IN THE VANISHING WILDERNESS, which won Columbia University's John. B. Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism and the Sierra Club's David R. Brower Award for Environmental Excellence. His work has appeared, in HARPER'S, ORION, THE OXFORD AMERICAN, THE NEW YORK TIMES, and elsewhere. He is a contributing editor at ORION magazine and is currently at work on a book-length argument for the preservation of UK's own Robinson Forest, called THE EMBATTLED WILDERNESS.
Erik grew up in Louisville, studied with Guy Davenport at the University of Kentucky, and has been teaching writing at UK since 1997.