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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Dustin Renwick  

Pen Name: None

Genre: History Non-Fiction Poetry

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: in western Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Renwick was born and raised in western Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Dustin Renwick fills his life with writing and competing in any sports events he can find. Usually this choice involves running, but options like pickleball and the occasional limbo contest have made the list. His writing has appeared in publications such as ''The Washington Post'' and ''USA Triathlon'', and ''National Geographic'' once selected his photo as an editor’s pick. He earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from St. Ambrose University and his master's degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. In 2017, Renwick edited the book, ''Pens, Plows, & Gunpowder: The Collected Works of J.P. Irvine''.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Beyond the Gray Leaf: The Life and Poems of J.P. Irvine
ISBN: 0997626593

Fleetwing Books. 2016

A lost poem presented to the president. A forgotten legacy. Until now.
Walt Whitman, John Burroughs, and J.P. Irvine represent a handful of the thousands of government clerks who worked in Washington, D.C., after the Civil War. But Irvine, a small-town poet from the Illinois prairies, was the one selected to address President Ulysses S. Grant and a crowd of 10,000 on Memorial Day 1873.

Dustin Renwick explores Irvine's life from his pioneer upbringing in western Illinois to his years in the nation's capital. The poet excelled in his depictions of the Civil War, and the Chicago Tribune called some of Irvine's nature poems "nearly pure gold." Beyond the Gray Leaf weaves biography and historical context with the rediscovered poems of this forgotten literary figure from 19th-century America.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

The author is happy to talk to anyone interested in the book's subject matter. Major cross-over points would be Irvine himself, historical Illinois newspapers, Memorial Day / Civil War history, Midwest literature in the 19th century, and the geographical areas of Kirkwood, Rockford, and Warren / Henderson counties.