Meet the Authors


Meet the Authors for the Longwood Garden Community Read 2021 .

A native of Edgefield, South Carolina, J. Drew Lanham is the author of The Home
Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature, which received the Reed
Award from the Southern Environmental Law Center and the Southern Book Prize, and
was a finalist for the John Burroughs Medal. He is a birder, naturalist, and hunter                                                    conservationist who has published essays and poetry in publications
including Orion, Audubon, Flycatcher, and Wilderness, and in several anthologies,
including The Colors of Nature, State of the Heart, Bartram’s Living Legacy,
and Carolina Writers at Home. An Alumni Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology
and Master Teacher at Clemson University, he and his family live in the Upstate of
South Carolina, a soaring hawk’s downhill glide from the southern Appalachian
escarpment that the Cherokee once called the Blue Wall.


Mya Thompson, Ph.D., is an author, educator, and biologist. She spends her days at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology as the Co-director of
Engagement in Science and Nature helping people learn more about birds.
Before getting hooked on feathered animals, she studied elephant behavior
in the rainforests of central Africa. She is the author of the book Ruby’s
Birds and producer of a variety of educational games including Flap to the
Future and BeastBox. Mya lives with her husband and kids in upstate New