Franklin Burroughs was born in Conway, South Carolina, and grew up there. In 1968, he took a job teaching at Bowdoin College, in Brunswick, Maine; upon completion of his thirty-third year of teaching, he promoted himself to the rank of professor emeritus. He is married and has three grown daughters. He and his wife continue to live in Maine. He has written a collection of essays, Billy Watson’s Croker Sack, and The River Home, a book about Horry County and the Waccamaw River, in South Carolina. His essays have been published in a variety of quarterlies; two were reprinted in Best American Essays.