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DARYL FARMER

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Fiction writer, memoirist, and poet DARYL FARMER was born in Colorado Springs at the foot of the Rocky Mountains where he developed a love for the outdoors and a taste for the open road. He set off on his first bicycle tour in 1985, and has been roaming the country ever since, photographing and writing about the land and people. Early in his teaching career, he coached high school basketball in Colorado and New Mexico. He has since lived and worked in many other states including Oregon, New Hampshire, Mississippi and Alaska, where he taught in the Athabascan village of Nondalton. In addition to bicycle touring, he has kayaked in the San Juan Islands and off the coast of Maine, backpacked the Copper Canyon in Mexico, canoed the Macal River in Belize, and winter camped in Alaska’s Denali National Park. He received a BA in physical education from Adams State College (Alamosa, Colorado) and an MA and PhD in English and creative writing from the University of Nebraska — Lincoln. He is also a graduate of the Rocky Mountain School of Photography. He is the author of the memoir Bicycling Beyond the Divide (U of Nebraska Press, 2007), a Summer Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection for 2008. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in South Dakota Review, The Laurel Review, Isotope, Quarter After Eight, and Prairie Schooner. Farmer currently holds a Brittain Fellowship at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he teaches writing. He and his wife, Joan, live in Atlanta and spend summers in Colorado, in a cabin 9,000 feet above sea level.



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