"I continue to be interested in observing and writing about the natural world, always working to evoke a strong sense of place in the stories I discover there. The writings of Rick Bass, Wendell Berry, Merrill Gilfillan, John Graves, Nick Lyons, Harry Middleton, and Richard Taylor, along with the art of Thomas Aquinas Daly, Winslow Homer, John A. Ruthven, and Paul Sawyier, have been especially instructive and inspirational."
Ron Ellis, a native-born Kentuckian, was accepted to study with Rick Bass at the University
of Montana's Environmental Writing Institute in 1998, based on early pages from his first book,
"Cogan's Woods" (Pruett Publishing, 2001). He is the author of "Brushes with Nature: The
Art of Ron Van Gilder" (Sporting Classics, 2008) and editor of "In That Sweet
Country: Uncollected Writings of Harry Middleton" (Skyhorse Publishing, 2010) and "Of
Woods & Waters: A Kentucky Outdoors Reader" (The University Press of Kentucky, 2005). His
work appears in "The Gigantic Book of Hunting Stories" (Skyhorse Publishing, 2008),
"Afield: American Writers on Bird Dogs" (Skyhorse Publishing, 2010), "Astream:
American Writers on Fly Fishing" (Skyhorse Publishing, 2012), and "A Passion for
Grouse: The Lore and Legend of America's Premier Game Bird" (Wild River Press, 2013). His
stories have been published in Sporting Classics, Kentucky Afield, Kentucky Monthly, The
Contemporary Sportsman, The Contemporary Wingshooter, Appalachian Life, and First Draft.
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