Porter Fox was born in New York and raised on the coast of Maine. His book Northland: A 4,000-Mile Journey Along America's Forgotten Border was published by W.W. Norton July 3, 2018. He lives, writes, teaches and edits the award-winning literary travel writing journal Nowherein Brooklyn. His work has been widely published in a range of sources and in 2021 he won a Western Press Association award for a two-part feature about climate change and a Lowell Thomas Award for an excerpt from Northland. In 2013 he published DEEP: The Story of Skiing and the Future of Snow. The book was featured on the cover of The New York Times Sunday Review and in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.