Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

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''.

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.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Beyond the gray leaf :
ISBN: 0997626593. OCLC Number: 953530827

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"Walt Whitman, John Burroughs, and J.P. Irvine all worked as clerks in Washington, D.C., after the Civil War. But Irvine, a small-town poet from the prairies, was the one selected to address President Grant and 10,000 spectators. Those words were lost, along with Irvine's legacy. Until now. Beyond the Gray Leaf weaves biography and history with the rediscovered poems of this forgotten literary figure from 19th-century America. The Illinois poet excelled in his depictions of the Civil War, and the Chicago Tribune called Irvine's nature poems "nearly pure gold." -- back cover.