J. Drew Lanham

Drew Lanham, Ph.D., is an Alumni Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology at Clemson University. He is a cultural and conservation ornithologist whose work addresses the confluence of race, place, and nature. Drew is Poet Laureate of Edgefield County, South Carolina, and the author of Sparrow Envy: A Field Guide to Birds and Lesser Beasts (Hub City Writers Project, 2021), as well as Sparrow Envy: Poems (Holocene, 2016; Hub City Writers Project, 2018), and The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature (Milkweed, 2016/Tantor Audio, 2018), which won both the Southern Book Prize and the Reed Environmental Writing Award from the Southern Environmental Law Center, and was a 2017 finalist for the Burroughs Medal. The Home Place was recently named memoir and scholarly book of the decade (by Literary Hub and Chronicle of Higher Education, respectively).

Drew’s creative work and opinion appear in Orion, Vanity Fair, Oxford American, High Country NewsBitter Southerner, Terrain, Literary Hub, Newsweek, Slate, NPR, Story Corps, the Threshold podcast, AudobonSierra Magazine, the This is Love podcast, and the New York Times, among others. He is a contributing editor for Orion, and a lifelong bird watcher and hunter-conservationist living in Seneca, SC.