Peter Cashwell is a University of North Carolina graduate. Peter’s book The Verb ‘To Bird’ was named a Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” selection in summer 2003, as well as a Book Sense 76 selection. The book’s irreverent tone and eclectic approach to its subject attracted attention from a wide variety of sources. Martha Stewart chatted with Peter on an episode of “Martha Stewart Living.” John Hanson Mitchell, editor of Sanctuary, the Massachusetts Audubon Society’s journal, called the book “[a] fine literary ramble and a good laugh to boot—no mean feat in a genre that perhaps takes itself too seriously.” The Bloomsbury Review described the book as “[a] delightfully literary and eclectic memoir about the manifold joys of birding” and its author as “[a] very literate, observant, insightful storyteller.” Peter’s work has appeared in The Comics Journal, the Readerville Journal and Woodberry Forest Magazine, as well as on WVTF public radio. He lives with his wife, Kelly Dalton, and their two sons in Woodberry Forest, Va., where he teaches English and speech.