Roger Pinckney was born and raised in the South Carolina Lowcountry, educated at the University of South Carolina
and the Iowa Writer's Workshop.  He took off to Alaska at
a tender age, but never made it.  Stranded on a chilly road-
side in Northern Minnesota, Pinckney bought land, took up
with a long string of Norwegian girls, raised, horse, cattle,
babies, learned to dynamite stumps, cook maple syrup, and
drive sled dogs.  He taught school, wrote grants and news-
paper features, and preached the Gospel in a little country church.  His children grown and scattered, a marriage hard aground, Pinckney came back to the Lowcountry.  He lives on Daufuskie Island, the last sparsely settled place on the South Carolina coast, where he works to preserve land and culture.