Cashwell grew up in Chapel Hill, NC, and attended the University of North
Carolina. He used to have a lot of unusual jobs--radio announcer, rock musician,
comic-book critic, improv comedy accompanist--but he decided teaching was
unusual enough. He and his wife, Kelly Dalton, live with their two sons in
rural Virginia, where he teaches English and speech, coaches debate, reads
books, watches birds, plays the guitar and piano, writes, and doesn't get
to see nearly enough college basketball games. His writing has appeared in
The Comics Journal, in OnEarth Magazine, and on WVTF Radio. Along with Paul
Clark, Peter also created "Loose Canons," a literary humor column
for The Readerville Journal
. His first book, The Verb 'To Bird'
was published by Paul Dry Books in 2003 and went on to be selected as a Discover!
by Barnes and Noble, a BookSense 76 pick by the American Booksellers Association,
and one of "Martha's Favorite Books" by the producers of Martha
Stewart Living Television. His essay "17 Things I Learned from Dean
Smith" appears in Basketball in America: From the Playgrounds to
, and he is hard at work on his first novel, tentatively
titled A Raven for Doves
March 1, 1963
Kelly Dalton, July 12, 1986; two sons, one dog
Chapel Hill High School, 1981
- Bachelor of Arts (English) with Honors in Creative Writing, UNC, 1985
- Master of Arts in Teaching (English Education) UNC, 1989
- Teacher, Woodberry Forest School
- Freelance Writer
- Favorite Modern Play: Arcadia by Tom Stoppard
- Favorite Dead Chinese Poet: Tu Fu
- Favorite Family of Birds: Picidae (Woodpeckers)
- Favorite College Basketball Coach: Dean Smith, who else?
- Favorite Japanese Proverb: "Time spent laughing is time spent with the gods."
- Favorite Name for a City: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
- Favorite Line from Amelie: "I am no one's little weasel."
- Favorite Monty Python Sketch: The Argument Clinic
- Favorite Cover of a Johnny Cash Song: Wall of Voodoo's "Ring of Fire"
- Favorite Comic Strip (Current): Garry Trudeau's Doonesbury
- Favorite Comic Strip (Defunct): Walt Kelly's Pogo
- Least Favorite "Great" Author: Henry James
Favorite Imitation of Least Favorite "Great" Author:
"...Henry James fixed me with his staring blank eye, it is like a child's marble, and said 'My dear Virginia they tell me, they tell me, they tell me, that you--as indeed being your father's daughter, nay your grandfather's grandchild, the descendant I may say of a century, of a century, of quill pen and ink, ink, inkpots, yes, yes, yes, they tell me, a h m m m, that you, that you, that you write in short.'"
Top Six Jeopardy! Categories:
Birds of Eastern North America; Pop
Music 1970-1990; Comic Book History; World Literature; Breakfast Cereals;
UNC Basketball (1970-1990)