John Rember was born in Sun Valley, Idaho, and grew up in the nearby Sawtooth Valley. He was educated at Harvard and earned his MFA at the University of Montana. He has worked as a ski patrolman, wilderness ranger, technical writer, concrete and construction worker, high school teacher, bartender, journalist, and professor. He is Writer-at-Large at Albertson College of Idaho in Caldwell and teaches in the Pacific University MFA program in Forest Grove, Oregon. He has written numerous articles, stories, and essays for publications ranging from Travel and Leisure to Skiing Magazine to Wildlife Conservation. His three books are the memoir Traplines: Coming Home to Sawtooth Valley (Vintage 2004, Pantheon 2003) and two short story collections, Cheerleaders from Gomorrah: Tales from the Lycra Archipelago (Confluence 1994) and Coyote in the Mountains (Limberlost 1989).