Back of Beyond a Horace Kephart Biography

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About the Author

Writer-naturalist George Ellison has lived near Bryson City, North Carolina, since 1973. He has written extensively about Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Horace Kephart. For more than 30 years he conducted natural history workshops for the park's Smoky Mountain Field School. As part of the park's centennial celebration, Ellison was designated one of the "the 100 most influential people in the history of Great Smoky Mountains National Park." Since 1987, he has written the Nature Journal column for the Asheville Citizen-Times in Asheville, North Carolina. In 2012 he won the Wild South Roosevelt-Ashe award for "Outstanding Journalism in Conservation." In 2016 he and his wife, the artist Elizabeth Ellison, were named "Blue Ridge Naturalists of the Year." Ellison lives in Bryson City, North Carolina.

Janet McCue is a writer, researcher, and avid hiker. She and George Ellison have collaborated on several other Kephart publications, including the introduction to Camping and Woodcraft (2011) and the biographical chapter in the Horace Kephart: Writings (2020). McCue's interest in Kephart began with backpacking trips in the Smokies in the 1970s and continued throughout her career as a librarian at Cornell University, where she specialized in library administration and digital library development--a career that took her all over the world. Like Kephart, McCue believes that "librarianship offers a better field for mental gymnastics than any other profession." McCue lives in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, writing regularly about the beauty and bounty of the area.