Minnesota-born Gene R. Stark grew up in a rural, outdoor lifestyle. Fishing, gardening, hunting, and trapping have been formative ingredients in a life of outdoor work and self-sufficiency. His writing reflects the unique beauty and culture of rural middle America. Drawing a livelihood from organic farming, native-plant nursery production, and the trapline, have formed the basis for endearing homespun characters in his fiction, a sense of rough-hewn reality in his non-fiction, and a transforming beauty and commoness in his poetry.
We live where the sun rises when it hits the horizon, not when it tops a building. We listen to the weather forecast because it really matters to us; it influences what we will do, what direction our day will take. To us, the weather is not a matter of if we take an umbrella to work, but rather what our work will consist of for the upcoming day. The weather dictates what we will be able to do and even influences what road we will take to town if that is on the agenda. The season, the slant of the sun’s rays, the humidity, and the temperature, all regulate our lives.
We occupy ‘flyover country,’ the vast space between the coasts of our continent. The goal of my writing is to portray the unique culture and beauty of our own slice of Flyover Country here in the rural Midwest.
Introducing Water and Dirt (North Star Press, 2013)
Gene R. Stark is an author who was born and raised in Minnesota. He has been a teacher, a farmer, a trapper, and greenhouse grower. He enjoys writing about the outdoors and the people and culture of rural America.