DeMott is Edwin and Ruth Kennedy Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, an endowed position he was awarded in 1998. He holds membership with the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, American Literature Association, the Jim Harrison Society, and the John Steinbeck Society of America. DeMott retired from full-time teaching in April 2007.
A lifelong fly fisherman, DeMott is an International Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting Instructor, a graduate of Western Rivers Professional Guide School, a member of both the American Museum of Fly Fishing and the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum, Theodore Gordon Flyfishers, Anglers' Club of New York,and a life member of Trout Unlimited. He has written on fly fishing in Trout, Yale Angler's Journal, Gray's Sporting Journal, and American Angler, and Bulletin of Anglers' Club of New York, where he is a member of the editorial board.
His correspondence with writers John Haines, Jim Harrison, Dave Smith, and Laura Kalpakian is at, respectively, the following libraries: Beinecke Library, Yale University; Special Collections and University Archives, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI; The Robert E. and Jean R. Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections, Alden Library, Ohio University, Athens, OH, and Special Collections, Charles Young Research Library, UCLA. His collection of signed and inscribed first edition books and fine press chapbooks by poets William Heyen and Michael Waters is also housed at Ohio University's Mahn Center.
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