Writer Wendell Berry
to visit Sept. 22-25
novelist, essayist and farmer Wendell Berry will be a visit- ing
writer at U.Va.'s Brown
College Sept. 22-25.
former English professor at the University of Kentucky, Berry
has worked a farm in Henry County, Ky., since 1965. His 32 books,
which include the landmark environmental work The Unsettling of
America: Agriculture and Culture (1977), have chronicled his search
for a life deeply connected to his community and to the land.
"My work has been motivated," Berry wrote, "by
a desire to make myself responsibly at home in this world and
in my native and chosen place."
organic farmer who eschews tractors for horses, Berry deplores
the replacement of diverse small farms with corporate agribusiness
in this century, saying it has ravaged both the soil and the nation.
He sometimes sounds like a latter-day Thomas Jefferson, even quoting
him in one poem: "small/ landholders are the most precious
part of the state."
Berry will meet with students informally and in classes during
his visit to the residential college, along with giving two talks.
has been a fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation and the Rockefeller
Foundation, and has received numerous awards for his work, including
one from the National Institute and Academy of Arts and Letters
and, most recently, the T.S. Eliot Award.
Sept. 23, 10 a.m., at Ivy Creek Natural Area.
Sept. 23, 8 p.m. at the U.Va. bookstore. Both events are free
and open to the public.