E.R. Baxter III has been teacher and mentor to numerous area writers over the past several decades, from his professorship at Niagara County Community College and through his activism in support of the Niagara watershed.
Join us as we celebrate with Baxter publication of his new book, Niagara Digressions, from Buffalo's Starcherone Books. A seasoned storyteller's work via cut-up method, combining history and naturalist memoir, Niagara Digressions presents land as historical palimpsest, from ancient cave paintings to 1960's mimeographed poetry, the massacre of the buffalo to the manufacture of shredded wheat cereal, and all points in-between. Everybody thinks they know Niagara, but not this Niagara. E.R. Baxter III is a tour guide who knows the indirect path offers the best views.
Ginger Strand, author of Inventing Niagara, says this: "Bob Baxter is a Niagara treasure. In telling his own story, he tells the story of place that, like him, can be amusing, lyrical, dark and deeply profound. Niagara Digressions is filled with his dry wit, but is also suffused with real love for his lifelong home."
E.R. Baxter III has been a fellow of a New York State Creative Service Award for fiction and received a Just Buffalo Award for fictiion. The Niagara County Community College Professor Emeritus of English previously published the poetry collection Looking for Niagara, and the chapbooks And Other Poems; A Good War,and What I Want, among other works.