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Douglas Whynott

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Douglas Whynott

Professor (2000)

B.A. University of Massachusetts, Amherst
M.F.A. University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Douglas Whynott teaches nonfiction writing and literature. He has written five nonfiction books. The Sugar Season was selected as one of the best books of 2014 by the Boston Globe and won the GreenBook Festival Award for writing about the environment. His other books are Following the Bloom, a profile of a migratory beekeeper and the commercial beekeeping industry; Giant Bluefin, an account of the bluefin tuna fishery on Cape Cod; A Unit of Water, A Unit of Time, a story of wooden boats and a boatyard in Maine owned by the acclaimed boat designer Joel White; and A Country Practice, a story about a mixed animal practice veterinary clinic in a small New Hampshire town. In 2013 he was a Fulbright Scholar in the U.S. Studies Center at Universidad Nacional in Bogota, Colombia, where he taught nonfiction writing and American literary journalism. He has taught at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Mount Holyoke College, and Columbia University. He has written for The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Outside, Smithsonian, Discover, Yankee, the Massachusetts Review, Crazyhorse, Writer's Chronicle and other publications. In 2016 he was a fellow at the Emerson College campus in Los Angeles.   

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Giant Bluefin Cover A Unit of Water, A Unit of Time Cover Following the Bloom Cover  A Country Practice: Scenes from a Veterinary Life Cover Sugar Season