Rick Henry is a Professor of English at SUNY—Potsdam where he directs the BFA in Creative Writing.


Perhaps because half of his family comes from the Mohawk River Valley, from the footpaths, waterways, and old military trails, from the building of the Erie Canal and the laying of rail, from the paving of Route 5 (a route as mythic as 66 and 61) and the thruway, from burgeoning technologies and their emergent metaphors that never truly escape earlier technologies and metaphors. Perhaps it is the steady stream of smoke tumbling out his grandmother's nose as she tilts her head back and laughs. Or, perhaps it's the region’s literary traditions.

Rick Henry has lived across the United States, but always returns to the sensibilities, landscapes, and histories of upstate New York. This is reflected in Lucy's Eggs: Short Stories and a Novella (Syracuse UP, 2006), winner of the 2006 Adirondack Literary Award for Best Work of Fiction, and Letters (1855), new from Ra Press. Also set in the fictional town of Homer and environs, north of Rome, on the western edge of the Adirondacks are several other fictions, including Increase Crawford,

which follows a young man who is appointed federal census-taker in that first U.S. census of 1790. Unfortunately, he wasn’t told exactly what to count.

He was editor of Blueline: A Literary Magazine Dedicated to the Spirit of the Adirondacks from 1998-2009. He is co-editor of The Blueline Anthology (Syracuse UP, 2004).

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