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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of English Language and Literature


Faculty and Staff Directory

James Barilla

Associate Professor
Department of English Language and Literature

Phone Number: (803) 576-5889
Email: barilla@sc.edu
Office: HUO 512
Barilla

Education 

PhD, University of California, Davis, 2004
MS, University of Montana, 1995

Areas of Specialization 

   Creative Nonfiction
   Nature Writing
   Ecocriticism

Recently Taught Courses 

UNDERGRADUATE
   Environmental Literature
   Advanced Creative Nonfiction Workshop
   Introduction to Creative Writing
 
GRADUATE
   Workshop in Environmental Writing
   Workshop in Memoir
   Workshop in Nonfiction Essay

Selected Publications 

BOOK
My Backyard Jungle: The Adventures of an Urban Wildlife Lover Who Turned His Yard into Habitat and Learned to Live with It. Creative nonfiction exploring the limits of coexistence in urban environments (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013).

Paperback edition, April, 2014.

RECENT NONFICTION ESSAY
"Gardening for Climate Change," The New York Times, May 3, 2014 http://nyti.ms/1s7CWMX

Recent Presentations 

RADIO APPEARANCES
   PRI (Public Radio International), Life on Earth http://bit.ly/1olxQx9
   WHYY Philadelphia NPR Radio Times http://bit.ly/1mlbd6w
   WGN Chicago, The Bill Leff Show, http://bit.ly/1dJJJs6
   CT WNPR Where We Live http://bit.ly/SlUurO
   MA NPR Inquiry with Mark Lynch, http://bit.ly/1aEPGRc

PUBLIC APPEARANCES AND INVITED TALKS
   My Backyard Jungle chosen for First-Year Reading Experience, Urban Honors College, Portland State University, Portland, OR 2014.
   Public Reading, AJC Decatur Book Festival, Atlanta, GA 2014.
   Public Reading, South Carolina Book Festival, Columbia, SC 2013.
   Invited Public Reading and Individual Writer Conferences, Sandhills Writers Conference, Augusta State University, Augusta, GA 2012.
   Invited Public Reading and Class Visit, Furman University, Greenville, SC 2012.
   Invited Public Reading and Class Visit, Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability, Wake Forest University, Greensboro, NC, 2012.

PRINT INVERVIEWS
   "Where the Wild Things Are," American Way, http://bit.ly/1jih6o3
   "USC Professor Studies the Collision of Nature and Man, Starting in his Own Backyard," The State, http://bit.ly/1mDmJvj

EXCERPTS
   The Atlantic (online), http://bit.ly/1jotIY5
   National Geographic (online), http://bit.ly/1bdYzRK
   Places (online), http://bit.ly/1dNNfju
   Conservation (online),http://bit.ly/1dNKFKm
   Reviewed in Nature, BBC Wildlife, Publisher's Weekly, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal.