John Linstrom is a writer, editor, doctoral candidate, teacher, misplaced Michigander, and occasional Liberty Hyde Bailey impersonator. He writes and publishes poetry and nonfiction prose and is ABD in English and American Literature at New York University. In 2015, his centennial, authoritative edition of Liberty Hyde Bailey's ecological manifesto, The Holy Earth, was published by Counterpoint Press, featuring a new introduction by Wendell Berry. He is now co-editor with John Stempien of a new collection of Bailey's garden writings, tentatively titled Marvels at our Feet: A Gardener's Companion, forthcoming from the Comstock imprint of Cornell University Press in the fall of 2019. He is on Twitter, and he has blogged on Medium. His poetry has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Commonweal Magazine, Bridge EightValparaiso Poetry Review, Dunes Review, and Narrative Northeast's "Eco Issue."

More About John

Latest Audio

More Audio

Book Deal: New Anthology of Liberty Hyde Bailey's Garden Writings

40257905 2226408937628362 7378701441696792576 n

John Stempien and I are pleased and deeply excited to announce that we have signed a contract with Comstock Publishing, an imprint of Cornell University Press, for publication of a completely new anthology of writing by Liberty Hyde Bailey, tentatively titled Marvels at our Feet: A Gardener's Companion.

Marvels at our Feet collects the best and most accessible literary garden writings of Liberty Hyde Bailey, the Father of Modern Horticulture. Despite Bailey's huge influence as a journalistic popularizer of amateur gardening from the late nineteenth century through the first half of the twentieth, and despite the rise in recent years of widespread interest in gardening, such an anthology has never been compiled until now. The essays and poems that make up the collection include work from Bailey's most beautiful literary and philosophical books, as well as essays from periodicals that have never been published in book form and even an essay that Bailey read over nationalized radio in 1930 and has never before appeared in print. The result of about a decade of research and collecting on the part of the editors, Marvels at our Feet: A Gardener's Companion will provide the best introduction available to those unfamiliar with Bailey's writing, and for the seasoned Bailey enthusiast it will offer a trove of delightful and unexpected marvels.