John Lane has scaled a granite dome in the Suriname rain forest and waded past cottonmouths in the heart of a Florida cypress swamp. He has shadowed crocodiles in a mangrove thicket and paddled the rapids of North Carolina's Tuckaseegee River in search of a drowned kayaker. Waist Deep in Black Water offers a collection of Lane's writings on topics such as wilderness exploration, conversation, and family history.
John Lane's writing has appeared in American Whitewater, Southern Review, Terra Nova, and Fourth Genre and in the anthologies The Heart of a Nation and A Year in Place. Lane is an associate professor of English at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina.