Selected Works

Orion (Jul/Aug 2013)
Outside, Nawakum Press (March 2013)
Kyoto Journal 75, September 30, 2010
Portland (Winter 2008).
Selected for Best American Essays 2009.
Memoir of Lopez's childhood in California's San Fernando Valley. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in feature writing, 2002. (LA Weekly, January 11-17, 2002)
Short Fiction
Manoa (January 2011)
Orion (Jul/Aug 2010)
Orion (Jan/Feb 2010)
TriQuarterly #133
Nonfiction Books
With an Introduction by Barry Lopez (Trinity University Press 2006)
25th Anniversary Edition with a new Afterword by BL. Photographs and marginalia throughout. (Scribner 2004)
Interviews by BL
BL talks with Oren Lyons, Orion (January/February 2007), Manoa (August 2008), and Resurgence (September/October 2008).
Short Story Collections
Nine interrelated stories. H.L. Davis Award for Short Fiction 2005 (Knopf 2004, Vintage 2005)
Thirteen stories, including "Stolen Horses," "The Letters of Heaven," and "The Mappist." (Knopf 2000, Vintage 2001)
Retold tales of Coyote as trickster and sage, from the traditions of Native America. (Andrews and McMeel 1978, Avon 1981)
Interviews of BL
Michigan Quarterly Review (Fall 2005), Georgia Review (Spring 2006), and in No Bottom: In Conversation with Barry Lopez (2008) and Conversations with Barry Lopez: Walking the Path of Imagination (2013).
This collection includes five essays and an excerpt from Arctic Dreams in addition to six short stories. (Vintage 2004)


BL's family moved from Mamaroneck, New York, to Reseda, California, north and west of Los Angeles in the San Fernando Valley, in 1948. This photo was taken somewhere in the valley, probably in 1949. BL was four, and that’s his mother third from the right (or left). She was a dressmaker and also taught home economics at the valley’s first junior high school, in the city of San Fernando, and later at Northridge Junior High. She made the white shirt he's wearing.


BL's family. Amanda, Mary, Stephanie, Debra, Mollie, and Barry. Alford, Massachusetts 2010.


Susitna River drainage, Nelchina Basin, Alaska, March 1976. Photo by Craig Lofstedt.

During his field research for Of Wolves and Men, BL spent several weeks with Bob Stephenson (walking behind BL), a wolf biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. This heavily-sedated female wolf was six or seven years old and weighed about 85 pounds. See story below.


BL with Desmond Tutu in Indonesia, May 2006. Wilford Welch, who invited both of them to work with him in Ubud, Bali, at Quest for Global Healing, is at center. The gathering brought together 500 people from 40 countries for presentations and workshops.


Camped near Graves Nunataks, Queen Maud Range, Antarctica, 89°S, 1999, before and during a storm.


In May 1987 BL was traveling with six other people across southern Africa. Here, on the Boro River in northern Botswana, they encountered a wounded male hippo. Hippos are highly territorial, and this one was very agitated. See story below.


BL with guide Raul C. Borges Alvarez, Cuba, 2001.
Photo by Tom Pohrt.


Wolf Research
story continued from photo above

  I was midway in my research for Of Wolves and Men when Bob Stephenson—walking behind us here—invited me to join him in the field, to learn about this kind of scientific research. I was initially drawn to Stephenson’s work because, in order to learn about these animals, he’d apprenticed himself to a group of Nunamiut Eskimo living at Anaktuvuk Pass in the Brooks Range. He had identified the wolf in the photo from the survey helicopter as “a female, an older one.” I kidded him at the time, saying nobody could be that discerning about a wild wolf, not from a distance. “Well,” he said, unassumingly, “it’s one of the things the Nunamiut taught me to do.” Indeed, during the week we spent radio collaring and tracking wolves in Nelchina Basin, Bob's ability to age and sex wolves like this one from a distance was unerringly correct.

  One thing the wolf in this photo taught me was what it means to be a sustaining – and sustained – member of a community. Despite her age (apparent from the condition of her teeth), she had impressive fat reserves for late winter. She might not have been physically able to help in the later stages of a successful moose or caribou hunt, but she knew where to point the other wolves in her pack in pursuit of food, into which of the many valleys in this mountainous country she should direct them.

BL with artist Alan Magee, Thomaston, Maine, 2002. Photo by Monika Magee.


Wounded Hippo
story continued from photo above

  Hippos are highly territorial, and this one was very agitated. There being little chance that he would move on, we had to devise a plan to get our mokoro (a narrow, shallow-draft, dugout canoe) around him. Our plan was, first, to have my tentmate Ben (in the red shorts) and I keep the hippo distracted on the cutbank side of the river by slashing at the water with ngashis (slender, wooden boat poles). Once we drew the hippo to that side of the river, the others could pull the mokoros out on the point bar side of the river—where there was no high bank to deal with—drag them downriver, relaunch, and pick up Ben and me.

  The scene here looks more dangerous than it actually was. The hippo was unlikely to move away from the water, where it felt safe. To get to the top of the cutbank, the hippo, using its short legs, would need time to make two strides; and Ben and I had a lot of unobstructed country behind us to retreat into. The chance the hippo would pursue us away from the river was virtually nil. At the moment the photo was taken, the hippo, until then standing on the bottom of the river and invisible to us through the muddy water, burst through the surface but, for the second time, broke off his charge.

  We got around him and a while later arrived at a village where we learned that this hippo had been wounded earlier in the day by another hippo and that it had attacked another mokoro just a few minutes before we arrived at this spot. That boatman had been severely injured and had to be medevaced to a hospital in Maun.

  Hippos kill more people in Africa each year than any other animal.

With grandson Owen, watching salmon on their redds in front of BL's McKenzie River home, Oregon, 2004. Photo by Debra Gwartney.


Updated 18 May 2011
Contents © 1966 to current, by
Barry Holstun Lopez. All Rights Reserved.
Items from a traveling exhibit, "Barry Lopez: The Working Writer," designed for high schools, based on BL's archival materials in the Sowell Collection in Literature, Community, and the Natural World. Sponsored by the Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University.

Jim Leonard Jr. adapted BL's illustrated fable for the stage. With music by John Luther Adams. Samuel French 1996

Of Wolves and Men, Czech edition.

Mercedes Dorson and Jeanne Wilmot. Foreword by BL.
Ecco Press 1997