John Linstrom is a writer, doctoral candidate, teacher, Michigander, and occasional Liberty Hyde Bailey impersonator. He writes and publishes poetry and nonfiction prose and is currently entering his fourth year of a PhD in English and American Literature at New York University. His creative nonfiction book project is titled Havening: Love Letters to a Town and a Dead Man, and he edited a centennial edition of L. H. Bailey's agrarian manifesto, The Holy Earth, published in November 2015 by Counterpoint and featuring a new introduction by Wendell Berry. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Environment from Iowa State University. He co-coordinates the working group From Farm to Text. He is on Twitter, and he blogs on Medium.

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The semester is not only in full swing, but has somehow entered midterm season. I am in my first semester of neither teaching nor coursework as I plow through (more like dig around in) my first dissertation chapter. My current task has largely involved synthesizing Liberty Hyde Bailey’s vast and diverse work and making it legible to literary studies and ecocriticism. My advice to friends is not to ask too pointedly about how it’s going — the first chapter (so I’m told) is often the hardest to get done. Turns out the genre of the dissertation is tricky, and the stakes feel high. In the meantime, I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating on a couple projects in media other than writing.