Mark Woods | Find Your Rock: Why We Need Our National Parks
Mark Woods has been a columnist for The Florida Times-Union since 2001. In 2011, he won the Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship, an award given to one writer in America each year. The fellowship allowed him to take a sabbatical and spend one year working on a project about the future of the national parks.
During that year, Mark’s mother died, turning the project and a subsequent book into something much more personal. Lassoing the Sun: A Year in America’s National Parks was published by Thomas Dunne Books in June 2016, a month before the centennial of the National Park Service, and it won the Florida Book Awards gold medal for nonfiction.