Brent Martin is a lifetime conservationist and lives in the historic Cowee community of western North Carolina. During his career in conservation he has worked for the Armuchee Alliance, Georgia Forestwatch, the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee and The Wilderness Society. He has an MA and an ABD from Georgia State University in History, focusing on land use patterns and the environmental history of the northwest Georgia mountains.
Brent enjoys fishing, writing, gardening and a variety of cultural and natural studies. He has published four chapbook collections of poetry and his environmental essays have appeared in North Carolina Literary Review, Eno Journal, New Southerner, Kudzu Review, Smoky Mountain News and elsewhere.