Craig Leibfreid

​Author Bio:
​      Craig Leibfreid

                To date, all of Craig Leibfreid’s work is self-published.  Craig has had an interest for artistic- expression throughout his life, and writing prose at length began for him in college, most notable, a geology glass in spring of 2009 at West Virginia University.  At that time Craig was already an avid whitewater-kayaker, and those three things, writing, geology, and kayaking shaped him as a person for the rest of his life.  He has always had a deep love and respect for the outdoors, playing in the forest as a boy with his neighbors and brother.  At a young age his father and older brother taught him about hunting and fishing.  With love, skill, and ambition for hunting and fishing, his intentions were to become a hunting/fishing/backpacking guide in western Montana or northern Idaho.  The events in River Class tell how that all changes.  Still though, the path he walked was still one that held an intimate relationship with things wild and natural.  It has kept him in touch with the truest forms of reality.  It has become such an inspiration and a source of insight and wisdom, that every thought delivered has been sourced by the natural world in one way or another. 
                Craig's preferred writing type is non-fiction, and has interest and talent in philosophy and logic. Yet, he has completed multiple fiction books. Only one has the word count to be considered a full-length novel, “Keepers of the Flame”.  It is built around concepts of mysticism, rare sensory perception of the natural world, shape shifting, and fantasy-type antagonists.  The work has yet to be published.  Independent writing began as a therapeutic process.  The story of River Class had to be told, at least that was Craig's opinion.  The events where so shocking to him that it had to be rationalized and expressed on paper to remove some of the pain and confusion about all the events.  Part of it was to satisfy those who he had told his stories to during his first bout of detainment.  Part of it was to satisfy his own desires of storytelling.
               After the release of the first edition of River Class, the response from readers was positive to say the least, and Craig thirst to continue writing slowly grew as he rested on his laurels.  Work on The Seventh Floor began, then as he progressed through Immanual Kant’s “Critique of Pure Reason”, work on Dynamic Empiricism began.  The practice was consistent, usually a daily routine of writing accompanied by coffee, music, a nice window view from his kitchen.  Writing seems to punctuate the collection of items that define “health” in his life.  Taking daily inventory of the practices that sustain the health of mind, body, and spirit have been in plain view, although not always achievable.  Rest, exercise, meditation, thought, and involved activity with the world around him sustain vitality.  Craig has never left Western Pennsylvania or norther West Virginia for a prolonged period of time.  His environmental internships (2) WVU had taken him throughout the Ohio Valley and the Northeastern U.S. and he currently resides in Somerset County Pennsylvania, working a professional job in the environmental-conservation field.  Pleasure and interest in his studies in college left him two years late in obtaining his B.S. in geology, but ultimately resulted in a rather comprehensive education in Earth/environmental science, with considerable time spent in wildlife management, soil science, geology, and geography with a little education in atmospheric sciences.  Literature and philosophy were his desired outlets for general elective classes, and a few anthropology classes seems to have brought all this knowledge full circle to live within a human creature. 
                Craig began his interest as a reader with David Sedaris’ “When You Are Engulfed in Flames”.  It progressed with more Sedaris, then Chuck Klosterman, and non-fiction with a lean towards the counterculture was his desired reading material.  Hunter S. Thompson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Henry David Thoreau have been some of the most influential writing to his own work.  Aside from reading and writing, Craig likes whitewater kayaking, hunting, fly-fishing, a good cup of coffee on a rainy Saturday morning, music in many forms, playing bass guitar (particularly with other people), backpacking, and traveling and interacting with the world in keen focus and open senses.  “It has become apparent that our sole purpose of existence is to solve problems, and sustain and perpetuate the good.  Through doing that we are capable of moving our existence in the direction we wish.  That destination should be well thought out, or at least well felt out, and cannot sacrifice the health and happiness of the innocent.” – Craig Leibfreid.

Reading List
1)      Nature                                                   by Ralph Waldo Emerson
2)      Walden                                                  by Henry David Thoreau
3)      River of the Mother of God                by Aldo Leopold
4)      Blood Ties                                             by Ted Kerasote
5)      Precipice                                                by Leland Davis
6)      Down the Great Unknown                 by Edward Dolnick
7)      Desert Solitaire                                    by Edward Abbey
8)      On the Road                                         by Jack Kerouac
9)      The Proud Highway                             by Hunter S. Thompson
10)   Fear and Loathing in America            by Hunter S. Thompson
11)   The Rum Diary                                      by Hunter S. Thompson
12)   Patterns of Culture                               by Ruth Benedict
13)   Tales from the moe. Republic             by John Dehrak
14)   Mere Anarchy                                         by Woody Allen
15)   Me Talk Pretty One Day                        by David Sedaris
16)   When You Are Engulfed in Flames      by David Sedaris
17)   Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs                by Chuck Klosterman
18)   The Second Treatise of Government  by John Locke
19)   Utilitarianism                                           by Johns Stuart Mill
20)   Critique of Pure Reason                         by Immanual Kant
21)   On Liberty                                                 by John Stuart Mill
22)   With Every Drop of Blood                      by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
23)  Catcher in the Rye                                    by J.D. Salinger
24)  The Great Gatsby                                     by F. Scott Fitzgerald
25)   Huckleberry Finn                                     by Mark Twain
26)   The Iliad                                                    by Homer
27)   The Psychology Book                             by Nigel Benson and Joannah Ginsburg
28)  The 5 Love Languages                             by Gary Ghapman
29)  Wilderness                                                by Scott Stillman
30)  The Last Season                                       by Eric Blehm
31)   Zen and the Art of
         Motorcycle Maintenance                      by Robert M. Pirsig
32) Vagabonding                                             by Rolf Potts
33)  The Sea Around Us                                  by Rachel Carson 
34)  What is the Gospel                                  by Greg Gilbert
35)  The Prodigal God                                     by Timothy Keller
36)   Hip: The History                                      by John Leland
37)  Philosophical Investigations                  by Ludwig Wittgenstein
38)  The Foregetting Time                             by Sharon Guskin

Band List
1)      James McMurtry
2)      The Black Keys
3)      Radio Moscow
4)      Rival Sons
5)      Jack White, et al.
6)      Franz Ferdinand
7)      Cage the Elephant
8)      Arctic Monkeys
9)      Led Zeppelin
10)   Pink Floyd
11)   The Doors
12)   The Rolling Stones
13)   Stevie Ray Vaughn
14)   Jimi Hendrix
15)   BB King
16)   Eric Clapton
17)   The Beatles
18)   The Beastie Boys
19)   Foster the People
20)   MGMT
21)   Stephen Kellogg
22)   The Shins
23)   Ray LaMontagne
24)   Townes Van Zandt
25)   John Hartford
26)   Hackensaw Boys
27)   The Del McCoury Band
28)   Chris Stapleton
29)   Old Crow Medicine Show
30)   Yonder Mountain String Band
31)   Widespread Panic
32)   moe.
33)   Phish
34)   The Grateful Dead
35)   The full spectrum of music produced by Irish and Scottish musicians.