Barry Lopez, essayist, short-story writer and international traveler, is the author of Arctic Dreams, for which he received the National Book Award. Among his other nonfiction books are About This Life and Of Wolves and Men. Lopez is considered one of the nation's premier nature writers and he often examines in his nonfiction the relationship between physical landscape and human culture. He is also the author of several award-winning works of fiction, including Field Notes, Winter Count, and a novella-length fable, Crow and Weasel.
Most recently, Barry Lopez has published a collection of stories, Light Action in the Caribbean. "These are quietly astonishing tales, glistening with precision," wrote The New York Times. The Washington Post called him a "sweet stylist, finding the right voice for each of his characters and offering lyrical descriptions of natural beauty."
Once a landscape photographer, Barry Lopez continues to maintain close contact with a diverse community of artists. He is on the advisory board of Theater Grottesco in Santa Fe. He has collaborated with composer John Luther Adams on several concert and theater productions and spoken at openings for sculptor Michael Singer and photographer Robert Adams. In another arena of work, he recently collaborated with E. O. Wilson in the design of a university curriculum that will combine the sciences and humanities in a new undergraduate major. His active travel schedule will take him next to Cuba, Colombia and Antarctica.
Barry Lopez is the recipient of the Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the John Burroughs Medal, Guggenheim and Lannan fellowships, the John Hay Award for 2001, and other honors. His work appears regularly in Harper's, The Paris Review, Orion, and The Georgia Review. He lives in rural western Oregon.
Katherine McNamara is the editor and publisher of Archipelago, an on-line literary journal. Her poems and nonfiction have been published in anthologies, journals, and reviews. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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