Like Zorba, he will have to live to be a thousand years old to finish reading the pile of books that cram his TV and computer-free house, and to travel to the strange places that have roused his curiosity.
Bill Holm was born in 1943 on a farm north of Minneota, Minnesota, He continues to live in Minneota half the year while he teaches at Southwest State University in Marshall. He spends his summers at his little house on a northern Iceland fjord where he writes, practices the piano, and waits for the first dark after three months of daylight. He is the author of nine books, both poetry and essays. His most recent prose book is Eccentric Islands (Milkweed Editions, 2000).
He is working on a new prose book: The Windows of Brimnes, a long essay on what the United States and the last forty years of his own life look like when viewed from the windows of his house just south of the Arctic Circle. The view is not cheerful these days.