Wood lives in East Tennessee, where he studied English and Humanities at Milligan University. Now he serves as an AmeriCorps service member at the McKinney Center, an arts center in Jonesborough. There he helps the town’s Story Initiative gather and share stories from people living in the region.
Wendell Berry's fiction shows what relationships look like with skin on—how real relationships are enacted between people. As the characters who inhabit the fictional town Port William interact, they demonstrate how individuals can either perpetuate or obstruct meaningful relationships. The lives of two characters in particular, Hannah and Burley Coulter, have a lot to teach us about relationships and liberty. Together, Hannah and Burley demonstrate how caring for people in committed relationships requires moving beyond personal liberty for the sake of the other.