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Dustin Renwick

Born: in western Illinois
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Renwick was born and raised in western Illinois.

Biography: Dustin Renwick fills his life with writing and competing in any sports events he can find, limbo contests included. His words and images have appeared in outlets such as National Geographic, The Washington Post, and Triathlete.


Primary Literary Genre(s): History; Poetry

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers; Young adult readers


Selected Titles

Beyond the gray leaf :
ISBN: 0997626593 OCLC:

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.