Randall Szott is the Director of a small public library, and is a former chef and merchant mariner. He has an MFA in Art Critical Practices, an MA in Creative Arts, and an interdisciplinary BA with a minor in philosophy. He has given presentations at The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the California College of the Arts, the University of Houston, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee among others. His writing, commentary and interviews have been published and cited widely including the recent books Say It While You Still Mean It: Conversations on Art and Practice, and I’m Going to Live the Life I Sing About In My Song: How Artists Make and Live Lives of Meaning. He recently was invited to participate in a three week National Endowment for the Humanities summer institute: Space, Place and the Humanities. He lives in Barnard, VT where he has been collaboratively developing a ten acre parcel of land using a variety of regenerative agriculture techniques. There is a small permaculture test plot on the site, as well as a dye garden, small elderberry orchard, and a two acre vineyard. He has studied mushroom cultivation with Tradd Cotter and regenerative agriculture with Darren J Doherty. His work as a chef has involved farm to table restaurants, cooking at sea, and farm to school education for a small elementary school. His ongoing research has involved the intersection of soil + social practice.