John Elder

known for his wonderful teaching and critical work on nature writing


 

“Watershed” is the word we more commonly use in the United States for what Robinson calls a catchment. David Brynn, a neighbor who has founded an organization called Vermont Family Forests, applies his concept of confluence within a clearly defined topography to many aspects of our community and economy. The firewood we harvest sustainably and on which many of us in Bristol rely for heating our homes comes, for David, from the five-town “woodshed” or “heatshed” of northeastern Addison County. He calls the writing produced here, and the literature studied in our new neighbors-teaching-neighbors initiative, Hogback Community College, our “bookshed.”