Daniel Burden

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Education

B.S., The Evergreen State College, 1981
M.S., Iowa State University, 1988

Website

Dan's Canoe & Sea Kayak

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Biographical Note

Evergreen in the late 70s was an amazing opportunity to learn things by simply charging forward in any number of directions, as long as you had the desire to make it work. Evergreen paved the way and provided me the confidence to tackle anything. I studied 2-D design and visual communication with Jean Mandeberg, and a lot of natural- and human-history with my main advisor-mentors Jerry Cook and Mark Papworth. Time extremely well spent. I ended up working my way through graduate school by falling into a job with a Fortune-300 advertising agency. I currently work as Program Coordinator for International and Special Projects for the Iowa State University Extension Value-added Agriculture Program; where I research and write for the national Agricultural Marketing Resource Center (AgMRC) an Internet-based information resource; and work with entrepreneurs on business-development and emerging technologies. I do a lot of grant writing and project development with international and national government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and have had several international projects including some in active or past conflict zones (Afghanistan and Croatia). At this point I have authored or co-authored 45 grant proposals and professional contracts; 40 reviewed papers, presentations or reports; and 73 general print and internet articles on many aspects of modern value-added agriculture or outdoor topics. I also serve as a grant reviewer for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce, National Marine Fisheries Service; and the USDA Value Added Producer Grant Program. Outside my “day job,” I spend way too much time with my bird dog and work with two entrepreneurial start-ups in alternative energy and waste recycling… --Needless to say, I write a lot, and usually love to do so.

Publication Type

Fiction

Latest Publication Title

"Red Hyena"

Publication Excerpt

Excerpt from Red Hyena (a fictional work in progress)

Paul should have been amazed to be here.  He should have asked John Worth about it.  But if this was a dream, it was one from which he did not wish to awaken.  He felt the cool northern Wisconsin air on his skin and the electric presence of the great lake, ice-cold fickle ship killer, a dozen or so miles to the north.  He raised his face to the sun and closed his eyes to its warmth.  It seemed to lift him from the ground.  He was home.

The path curved, closer now to the river, and Paul cold hear the winds that danced up and down the Brule, playing in the branches high above the channel, singing songs to the water and trees.  Now only a stone’s throw from MacNeil’s Pool, he could feel the fantastic magical fish suspended in the tannin-bronze water.

Paul paused, easily knelt, noting the sudden absence of arthritic knee joints and wondered for a moment at the feeling of youth in his young body.  He rigged up to fish.  It was easy to see with a young man’s eyes.  Paul ran a line though the serpentine wire guides of the bamboo eight-footer, tied on a tippet and finished it with his favorite dry fly, a No. 14 Quill Gordon and smiled. 

Paul Detmond, hunter, warrior, industrialist, philanthropist, advisor to presidents, and keeper of secrets, laid his hand on the trunk of a great pine and breathed deep the rich fertile scent of the earth.  He raised his face to the sun for a moment and closed his eyes.  The golden warmth touched his soul.  With great anticipation he made his way upstream, negotiated a bend in the trail, then without so much as a backward glance, melted away among the umbrage light and shadow, the ferns and trees, never to be seen again.

How did Evergreen help you in your career?

Evergreen in the late 70s was an amazing opportunity to learn things by simply charging forward in any number of directions, as long as you had the desire to make it work. Evergreen paved the way and provided me the confidence to tackle anything.Thanks Evergreen!