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Interview – Columbia Author James Barilla on His New Book My Backyard Jungle By Cynthia Boiter Photos by Forrest Clonts

James Barilla is more than just an assistant professor in creative writing at the University of South Carolina. He is an urban pioneer with a penchant for growing things—fruits, vegetables, wildlife, children. His new book, My Backyard Jungle: The Adventures of an Urban Wildlife Lover Who Turned His Yard into Habitat and Learned to Live with It (Yale University Press, 2013), recounts Barilla’s move with his family to Columbia and how the author came to terms with what it means to live close to nature in subtropical South Carolina. Jasper caught up with Barilla to get the backstory on My Backyard Jungle. Here’s what we learned.


Jasper Magazine  
Jasper Magazine  

Vol. 002 No. 006