Fred Carlisle lived in Michigan for twenty years, raising a young family and teaching at Michigan State University. He enjoyed a long academic career as a professor of English and then as a university provost at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.
His fascination with Lake Michigan began when he was just two. An old photograph shows two-year-old “Freddie” on a Lake Michigan beach, ankle deep in the water.
Carlisle grew up in Ohio, and has also lived in Florida and rural Virginia. He now lives with his wife, Beth, on her family farm in the Virginia mountains.
Carlisle has written literary criticism—studies of Walt Whitman and Loren Eiseley—and three memoirs. His most recent book is Hollow and Home: A Story of Self and Place.