June Skinner Sawyers
Born in Glasgow, Scotland, June Skinner Sawyers is the author or editor of more than twenty books, many with a Celtic theme, including Celtic Music; Dreams of Elsewhere: The Selected Travel Writings of Robert Louis Stevenson; Praying with Celtic Saints, Prophets, Martyrs, and Poets; The Road North: 300 Years of Classic Scottish Travel Writing; and The Scots of Chicago: Quiet Immigrants and Their New Society. Her essays, “Weeping Willows and Long Black Veils: The Country Roots of Rosanne Cash, from Scotland to Tennessee” will appear in the forthcoming Walking the Line: Country Music Lyricists and American Culture and “Celtic Music in America” in the Encyclopedia of Music and American Culture, respectively. In addition, her work has appeared in Scottish Tradition, the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, Sing Out!, Dirty Linen, Booklist and the Common Review. In 2013, she was the recipient of the Flora Macdonald Award from St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, North Carolina, which is given to a woman of Scots birth or descent who has made an outstanding contribution to the human community.