Bob Durr lives in a log cabin he built on a shore of a lake ten roadless miles north of Talkeetna, Alaska. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He earned a B.A. with Honors in English from Hofstra College; an M.A. and a teaching fellowship from the University of Connecticut; and a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University, where he was awarded the Gustav Bissing Fellowship. He went on to become a full tenured professor at Syracuse University before he resigned to move to Alaska. He is an accomplished painter and an award-winning member of the Alaska Watercolor Society.