Ron Ellis is the author of Cogan’s Woods and Brushes with Nature: The Art of Ron Van Gilder and editor of

In That Sweet Country (Uncollected Writings of Harry Middleton) and Of Woods & Waters: A Kentucky Outdoors Reader. His stories have appeared in

Sporting Classics, Kentucky Monthly, Kentucky

Afield, The Contemporary Sportsman, The

Contemporary Wingshooter, First Draft,

and The Journal of Kentucky Studies. He is a

contributor to Afield: American Writers

on Bird Dogs, Astream: American

Writers on Fly Fishing, and The

Gigantic Book of Hunting

Stories. He was selected to

attend the University of

Montana’s Environmental

Writing Institute in 1998 to

study with the celebrated fiction

and nature writer Rick Bass. He

is a recipient of the Kentucky Arts

Council’s Al Smith Individual Artist

Fellowship (2012) and Professional

Assistance Award (2004). He lives

in his native Kentucky.

Ron Ellis


10TH Anniversary Edition


With a new foreword by Rick Bass and a preface by Nick Lyons.


In recognition of artistic excellence, Ron Ellis is the recipient of an Al Smith Fellowship Award from the Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, which is supported by state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.