Today we run our fifth installment of interviews
Al Batt is our most prolific writer and there is not
Be sure to write to Al today at: SnoEOwl@aol.com
Thank you Al for sharing your life and talent with all of us!
From my family to yours,
P.S.S. Upcoming author interviews include: Bob Perks,
HeartTouchers: When did you start writing?
Al Batt: In the second grade. I would have started
AB: It is something that I have found that I have to do.
AB: Anywhere and everywhere from in airline seats to
AB: I once sold pots and pans--or I once tried to sell pots
AB: I am rereading "Sand County Almanac" by Aldo Leopold.
HT: What do you like to read?
AB: A little bit of everything from books (fiction and nonfiction)
HT: Good answer Al. We may just keep running your stories now...
HT: Who are your favorite authors?
AB: E. B. White, John Steinbeck, Wendell Berry, John
AB: A story about the annoying habits of a mythical
AB: A play when I was in the second grade that my
AB: Most of my inspiration comes from the people and the
HT: Of the stories you have written, what is you favorite story?
AB: "She's Fine" a story about my mother being attacked
AB: "She's Fine." I cried a lot while writing it.
AB: I felt like I was on top of the world.
AB: I dreamed about it and was encouraged by parents and teachers.
AB: Yes. I look at it with some pride, but mostly laughter.
AB: My wife, my parents and my siblings.
AB: My strong beliefs in what is right and wrong and my parents.
AB: Write in your own voice.
AB: Birding, reading, gardening, volunteering and traveling.
AB: To publish a book. And, of course, continue to write
Al Batt of rural Hartland, Minnesota is a writer, speaker, storyteller and humorist. Al, who was born and raised on a farm near Hartland, lives with his wife Gail (a.k.a. "The Queen B") and their dog, Towhee, a Belgian Airhead. Al has been featured in the Smithsonian Magazine, the Star Tribune, the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Writer's Digest, on WCCO Radio, on KFAN Radio and on Agri-Talk. He does commentaries for public radio. He writes a weekly "Nature's World" column and a weekly "Tales From Exit 22" humor column for a number of newspapers, and does a regular show for numerous radio stations. He writes a number of daily cartoon strips that are syndicated nationally. He is a regular contributor to nature and birding magazines, newspapers and farm periodicals. He has written jokes for a former President of the United States. Al appears each week on "Memories and Musings by Al Batt" and hosts the weekly, "Movies You Could Watch With Your Mother," for public television. He has written for radio and the movies. He is a tour leader for tours of Alaska. Al leads field trips, works with elderhostel groups, does in-school programs, teaches community education, is a tour guide on a sightseeing boat, teaches classes on birding, leads bus tours, volunteers at several state parks, disappears into the woods whenever he is able, usually on the pretext that he is "taking the dog for a walk" and speaks to anyone who will listen. His mother thinks he is special.
Al is: Husband, father and grandfather. President of the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union, Clerk of Hartland Township, Master Gardener-- Freeborn County, Past President of Albert Lea Audubon Society, Past President of the Freeborn County Township Officers' Association, on the board of the Friends of Hormel Nature Center, Vice-President of the Audubon Foundation, Superintendent of the Conservation Building at the Freeborn County Fair, former President of Jaycees, past officer of Cross of Glory Lutheran Church, Christmas Bird Count Compiler, member Iowa Ornithologists' Union, American Birding Association, Mankato Bird Club, Friends of Rice Lake State Park and Oak Savanna Landscape Project. He has been honored by Modern Woodmen of America and Delta Kappa Gamma for community service.
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