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Fiction writer, memoirist, and poet
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
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.
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.