The Changing Blue Ridge Mountains: Essays on Journeys Past and Present by Brent Martin
"With unflinching candor, Brent Martin celebrates the heartbreaking beauty of Appalachia. He wrings out every sensory and emotional detail in these passionate, probing essays that explore the wild within. These aren’t lyrical paeans to nature; they are gritty, gutsy journeys into the rugged, remote landscapes of the human heart. Immersed in mountain tradition, culture, and community, he wanders deep and alone into the wild to find what remains. Martin’s powerful, masterful writing shines with real, hard-earned hope."
—Will Harlan, author of the New York Times bestseller Untamed: The Wildest Woman in America
"If you love the Southern Appalachians and Wendell Berry and Annie Dillard and Gary Snyder, read this beautifully written and deeply thought-provoking book."
—Charles Frazier, author of Cold Mountain
"A thoughtful and thought-provoking collection of essays from one of Appalachia’s staunchest proponents of wilderness and one of its most devoted writers. Brent Martin is a preeminent naturalist and a scholar of the history of his place. This book is deeply personal, highly instructive, far-reaching."
—Janisse Ray, author of Ecology of a Cracker Childhood
A collection of place based essays derived from a long career in conservation and environmental education.
Brent Martin lives in the Cowee community of western North Carolina and is the author of three chapbook poetry collections—Poems from Snow Hill Road, A Shout in the Woods, and Staring the Red Earth Down—along with a nonfiction chapbook, Hunting for Camellias at Horseshoe Bend. From 2015-2016 he served as the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet for the West. His work has appeared in North Carolina Literary Review, Southern Poetry Anthology, Blue Ridge Outdoors, Kudzu House Quarterly, Tar River Poetry, and elsewhere.