Dr. Eric Stottlemyer

Dr. Eric StottlemyerMy love affair with words began with Romantic poetry, and with William Blake specifically. As a child enchanted by the natural world, I took to heart Blake’s exhilarated decree “To see a world in a grain of sand, / And a heaven in a wild flower.” In my graduate work, I combined my two great passions—literature and nature—and focused my doctoral research on place studies and spatial theories as they relate to environmental writing. Both personally and professionally, I am interested in the ways writers relate to the more-than-human worlds that surround them, the world of nature and of being, or as Heidegger suggested, “the step over into the more wakeful glimpse of the wonder—the wonder that a world is worlding around us at all.” For me, writing provides us with a profoundly effective medium for exploring both inner and outer worlds, and it is with this possibility in mind that I find the greatest potential in Wake Forest’s community of writers and writing scholars.