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About the Editor
Zachary Michael Jack, fourth generation Iowa farmer’s son and great-grandson of the celebrated farmer and conservation writer Walter Thomas Jack, is the editor of two previous collections on rural life, both nominated for the Theodore Salutous Award for the year’s best book on agricultural history: Black Earth and Ivory Tower: New American Essays from Farm and Classroom and The Furrow and Us: Essays on Soil and Sentiment. Jack’s love of nature originates in his family’s 152-year-old Iowa Heritage Farm and timberland and in his years spent teaching at colleges and universities at the foothills of the Smoky and Organ Mountains.
A poet, essayist, literary journalist, community arts activist, and environmental scholar, Jack is the founding director of the Iowa-based School of Lost Arts for children, advisory board member for the Humanities-Net forum for place studies (H-Place) and author of two book of poems, The Inanity of Music and Wings and Perfectly Against the Sun. An assistant professor of English, he teaches courses in writing and rural studies at North Central College.