One of the premier nature writers of our time, Barry Lopez explores the complex relationship between physical landscapes and human culture. His best-selling book, Arctic Dreams: Imagination and Desires in a Northern Landscape, received the National Book Award for nonfiction, and Of Wolves and Men was a National Book Award finalist. Mr. Lopez has won numerous accolades for his many works of both fiction and nonfiction, and he was elected a Fellow of The Explorers Club in 2004. His essays are collected in two books, Crossing Open Ground and About This Life, and his work has appeared in dozens of anthologies, including “best” collections from National Geographic, Outside, The Georgia Review, The Paris Review, and other periodicals. His most recent book is Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape, a reader's dictionary of regional landscape terms, which he edited with Debra Gwartney. He has been the Welch Professor of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame and the Glenn Distinguished Professor at Washington & Lee, has taught fiction at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and travels regularly to Texas Tech University where he is the university's Visiting Distinguished Scholar. We are pleased to have Mr. Lopez joining his second Wilderness Travel Special Event.
He is a national treasurer and it was a privilege to spend time with him. His experience and personal ethics and viewpoint about nature, people, and the Arctic in particular are inspirational.
Barry Lopez was one of the main reasons we chose this cruise (the other was the small size of the ship and number of guests). He has long been hero in his attitude toward nature and his outstanding writing on this topic.
Never expected him to be so visible and approachable! Just listening to him speak was a gift.