In a college dorm, in a prison, in a marriage
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Erik Reece won the Sierra Club’s David R. Brower Award for his book Lost Mountain (Riverhead Books), about strip mining in the Appalachians. He’s also written a memoir about his Southern Baptist upbringing titled An American Gospel: On Family, History, and the Kingdom of God (Riverhead Books). He is a writer-in-residence at the University of Kentucky, and his work has appeared in Harper’s, Orion, the Nation, and Oxford American.
We were standing, about ten of us, at the top of the Fanaråkbreen Glacier, bound together by a thick rope and a common desire not to disappear under thin ice. It was the height of summer in Norway, and down below, the annual glacial melt was well underway.