Selected Works

Outside (September 2014)
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)


  • The theme of the Autumn 2015 issue of Granta is What Have We Done. It opens with an essay by BL entitled "The Invitation," in which he reflects on his travels with indigenous peoples, examining what it means to be present in, to gather meaning from, and to know a landscape. Publisher and editor Sigrid Rausing describes the work in this 224-page volume of Granta, the 133 issue of the UK's premier literary journal, as doing "something to alleviate the sense of doom in our title." The issue includes a piece about murder in Romania by Adam Nicholson, Australian writer Rebecca Griggs's report on a dying whale, Robert Mcfarlane's reflections on his mentor Roger Deakin, and a photo essay on the work of taxidermists by Helge Skodvin.

  • The University of Arizona Press will publish James Perrin Warren's Other Country: Barry Lopez and the Community of Artists on December 3rd, 2016. Mr. Warren interviewed a number of artists who have collaborated with BL and who are his close friends, including composer John Luther Adams, artist Alan Magee, and photographer Robert Adams. Other Country: Barry Lopez and the Community of Artists traces the evolution of this artistic community and the interaction between these artists' work. The book is profusely illustrated. For more information, and to pre-order, please visit http:/​/​​Books/​bid2544.htm

  • The editors of Cutthroat have announced the creation of the Barry Lopez Creative Nonfiction Award for an essay of up to 5,000 words. To learn more about these awards, please visit the Cutthroat contest page.

  • The September 2014 issue of Outside magazine includes an essay by Barry Lopez entitled "Uncivilized" (online title: "The Case for Going Uncivilized"). To mark the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Wilderness Act of 1964, BL describes a walk in the Three Sisters Wilderness Area, near his home in rural western Oregon, and recalls the successful citizens' campaign to protect three creek drainages there from logging.

  • In June 2014, Bill Tydeman's Conversations with Barry Lopez was awarded the bronze IndieFab Award in "nature" for 2013 by Foreword Reviews.

  • A new French translation of Arctic Dreams (Rêves arctiques) appeared in March 2014. Bulgarian and Korean editions of the book are scheduled to appear later in the year. An original collection of Barry Lopez's essays, Una Geografia Profonda, appeared in Italy in July 2014, translated and introduced by BL's longtime colleague and Italian translator Davide Sapienza. (The book has no counterpart in the United States.) BL's essay "Sliver of Sky" recently appeared in German in the literary journal Neue Rundschau (No. 2, 2014). An Italian translation of the same essay is scheduled to appear soon in Italy as an ebook. BL is currently working on a preface for "I, Snow Leopard," a long poem by Nuosu (Yi) poet Jidi Majia, scheduled to be published in China in summer 2014, in six languages.

  • Barry Lopez's January 2013 Harper's essay "Sliver of Sky" was a finalist for two recent awards: the American Society of Magazine Editors 2014 National Magazine Award in the category of Magazine Essays and Criticism, and the Deadline Club (Society of Professional Journalists) 2014 Annual Award in the category of Magazine Feature Reporting. The essay is scheduled to appear in both Best American Essays 2014 and Best American Magazine Writing 2014. It recently appeared in Irish Pages, Ireland's leading literary journal.

  • In April 2014, an interview with Barry Lopez was published in the 2014-2015 issue of Call of the Wild, the annual magazine of the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming. In it, BL discusses with Irene Rawlings his lifelong curiosity about wild animals and his interest in the way contemporary artists are probing these animals' lives.

  • Portland Magazine editor Brian Doyle wrote a profile of BL for the spring 2014 issue of Notre Dame Magazine, which featured some of the university's noted alumni.

  • In March 2014, Trinity University Press published a trade edition of a fine press limited edition book, Outside, containing stories and an afterword by Barry Lopez, illustrations by Barry Moser, and an introduction by James Warren. Moser designed the trade edition, which is slightly smaller than the fine press edition, published by Nawakum Press in March 2013. (See below for more information about the fine press edition).

  • A new paperback edition of Home Ground was published by Trinity University Press in August 2013. This is a more portable version of the 2006 book in which editors Barry Lopez and Debra Gwartney brought together 45 writers to craft more than 850 definitions for terms used to describe the American landscape — terms such as bosque, vega, trace, flatiron, bayou, milk gap, and looking-glass prairie.

  • In September 2013, the University of Oklahoma Press published William E. Tydeman's Conversations with Barry Lopez: Walking the Path of Imagination. The book includes an essay by Tydeman that assesses the importance BL's work; the text of three extensive interviews Tydeman conducted with BL; and an annotated bibliography of BL's work, 1966-2013, by Diane Warner of Texas Tech University's Special Collections Library. Warner is the director of the James E. Sowell Family Collection in Literature, Community and the Natural World, which holds BL's papers.

  • A new essay by BL, "Landscapes of the Shamans," appears in the July/​August 2013 issue of Orion. He speculates here that in recent years a new and fundamentally different view of wild animals has emerged in art. Accompanying the essay are illustrations of the work of installation artist Jane Alexander, photographers Lukas Felzmann, Frans Lanting, Wayne Levin, and Susan Middleton, painter Tom Uttech, and artists Sylvie Rosenthal and Rick Bartow.

  • On June 25, 2013, Open Road Integrated Media released new ebook editions of four books by BL — Arctic Dreams, Crossing Open Ground, Winter Count, and Giving Birth to Thunder, Sleeping with His Daughter — along with a combined edition of Desert Notes and River Notes.

  • BL's essay "Sliver of Sky: Confronting the Trauma of Sexual Abuse," which appeared in the January 2013 issue of Harper's (see below), is now available online at Byliner, along with selected shorter work by BL that is not currently available in his short-story and essay collections. (What is Byliner? Read more on their About and FAQ pages.)

  • A brief essay by BL appears in the April 12, 2013, issue of Newsweek, in a section called The City. Entitled "Perth, Outpost at the Edge," the essay is BL's take on Australia's lone west-coast city.

  • In early March 2013, Nawakum Press published a fine press limited edition collection of six of Barry Lopez's stories, two each from Desert Notes, River Notes and Field Notes. The book, called Outside, was designed and illustrated by Barry Moser and includes an Introduction by James Warren and an Afterword by BL, in addition to a four-panel visual meditation on the stories by Mr. Moser. Twenty-eight copies were made available in a slip-cased edition and twelve in a boxed edition that includes a portfolio containing all eleven prints from the book. (The boxed edition is sold out at the press.) Both editions exhibit the highest levels of achievement in the handcrafting of books designed for collectors of singular works of art and craft. For details, see the Nawakum Press website. The full text of BL's Afterword is available here.

  • Barry Lopez appeared on Fresh Air on January 10, 2013, discussing his essay "Sliver of Sky" with Terry Gross. The audio for the interview is available on the NPR website, as is the full transcript.

  • Barry Lopez had an essay in the January 2013 issue of Harper's entitled "Sliver of Sky: Confronting the Trauma of Sexual Abuse." It’s a first-person account of how he was sexually abused by a predatory pedophile for almost four years when he was a boy growing up in Southern California. The essay is available online at Byliner and at Harper's (subscriptions required).



  • Following the publication of Home Ground, edited by BL and Debra Gwartney, BL began work with Sandra Phillips, Senior Curator of Photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, on an exhibit featuring the images of American landscape photographers. Entries from Home Ground will accompany many of the photographs. The show is scheduled to open in 2017.

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Recent News

  • BL was the Andrew Glasgow writer-in-residence at the Penland School of Crafts in Penland, North Carolina October 24-November 4, 2011. While there, BL collaborated with Paul Moxon, whose Fameorshame Press is in Mobile, Alabama. Moxon printed a limited-edition broadside of BL's very short story, "The Trail," which was originally published in Orion in early 2010 and appeared in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2010, edited by Dave Eggers.

  • Toby McLeod of the Sacred Land Film Project interviewed Barry for an upcoming four-part television series entitled Losing Sacred Ground. An excerpt of the interview, in which BL discusses storytelling, is currently featured on their website.

  • The Association of American Geographers (AAG) named BL the Association’s 2011 Honorary Geographer. The honor is conferred annually on a non-geographer for excellence in research, teaching, or writing on geographic topics. The award was first presented in 1998 to Stephen Jay Gould. Subsequent honorees include the writers John McPhee and Barbara Kingsolver, and economist and Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman. The award was presented on April 15, 2011 at the AAG’s annual meeting in Seattle.

  • BL was awarded the 2010 Caldera Special Recognition Award on November 5, 2010 at the Nature of Words conference in Bend, Oregon. Caldera provides year-round art and environmental programs for underserved youth. It was established by Dan Wieden, of the advertising firm Wieden and Kennedy, and is directed by Tricia Snell.

  • On October 19, 2010, BL spoke at the McDonald Theatre in Eugene, Oregon on behalf of Peter DeFazio, the Congressional Representative for Oregon's 4th District. Mr. DeFazio was up for re-election and BL accepted an invitation to host a fundraising evening.

Photo by Robin Holland

  • The final episode of the Bill Moyers Journal, aired in April 2010, featured a conversation between Bill Moyers and Barry Lopez.

    If you missed this extended show on your local public television station, you can still watch it on-line at

  • On November 9, 2008, BL received the C.E.S. Wood Distinguished Writer Award at the 22nd Annual Oregon Book Awards in Portland, Oregon. The C.E.S. Wood Award is given to an “Oregon author in recognition of an enduring, substantial literary career.” Previous winners have included Ken Kesey and Ursula Le Guin.

  • On January 26, 2007, BL received the Rev. Robert J. Griffin Award, presented to a Notre Dame graduate who has made a significant contribution to literature. He graduated cum laude from the University in 1966 with a degree in Communication Arts.


Left to right, Juanita Pahdopony, Comanche tribal chairman Wallace Coffey, BL, Kim Winkleman, President of Comanche Nation College, and James Brink and Jon Whitmore of Texas Tech University, at the time Vice-Provost and President, respectively.

On September 9, 2007, BL and others from Texas Tech University made a formal offer of reconciliation between the University, which stands on former Comanche ground, and the Comanche Nation. The ceremony, which took place at Comanche Nation tribal headquarters at Lawton, Oklahoma marked the culmination of many months of preparation. Story and photos below.


Barry Lopez is a corresponding editor with Manoa, a book-length literary journal published twice a year by the University of Hawai'i Press and edited by Frank Stewart. A recent issue, Where the Rivers Meet: New Writing from Australia, was guest edited by Australians Larissa Behrendt, a novelist, lawyer, and member of the Eualayai and Kammillaroi nations of northwest New South Wales, and Mark Tredinnick, a poet, essayist, and writing teacher living in Sydney, and by BL and Frank Stewart. The 184-page issue of essays, fiction, and poetry features photographs by Aboriginal photographer Ricky Maynard. In 2008, Stewart and BL edited two issues of Manoa devoted to the theme of reconciliation, Maps of Reconciliation and Gates of Reconciliation. These issues featured the work of writers from Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia, and the Americas.

BL serves on the advisory boards of a diverse group of organizations. Among them are Theater Grottesco in Santa Fe, New Mexico; The Mountain Lion Foundation; The Orion Society; and Reader-to-Reader, which sends books, free of charge, to the nation's neediest libraries. He recently joined the advisory boards of The North American Network of Cities of Refuge, the Sacred Land Film Project, Living with Wolves, and Portland's Literary Arts.

Reconciliation Ceremony
story continued from photo above

Left to right, Juanita Pahdopony, Comanche tribal chairman Wallace Coffey, BL, Kim Winkleman, President of Comanche Nation College, and James Brink and Jon Whitmore of Texas Tech University, at the time Vice-Provost and President, respectively.
  On September 9, 2007, the President and a Vice-Provost of Texas Tech University, together with a small group of representatives from the Texas Tech University community, including Barry Lopez and artist Richard Rowland, made a formal offer of reconciliation between the University and the Comanche Nation before representatives of the Comanche people. The unprecedented ceremony and presentation of gifts took place on ceremonial grounds at Comanche Nation tribal headquarters near Lawton, Oklahoma. It marked the official beginning of a collaborative effort between the tribe and the University to improve educational opportunities for Comanche youth and to open the entire University community to “a Comanche way of knowing.”

  Projects already underway include: 1) exchange programs for faculty and students, developed according to the provisions of a Memorandum of Understanding between Comanche Nation College and the University; 2) a long-term oral history field project, intended to establish an historical record of post-contact events seen from a Comanche point of view; 3) an ethnomusicology project designed to record, collect, and archive modern and traditional Comanche music, for deposit at both the Comanche Nation Museum and at the Southwest Collection at the University; and 4) a program that will bring tribal elders to the University in Lubbock, Texas, to begin work with students in the Honors College aimed at establishing a cultural context for each species of plant collected on traditional Comanche lands and now housed in the University’s herbarium.

Comanche Indian Veteran's Association (CIVA) Color Guard.
  The ceremony at Lawton began with a presentation of colors by Comanche military veterans—the American flag, the Comanche Nation flag, the Oklahoma State flag, and the flag of the Comanche Indian Veterans Association. BL and tribal chairman Wallace Coffey acted as co-masters of ceremony. Comanche drummers, singers, and dancers purified the ceremonial grounds prior to opening remarks from Chairman Coffey and by President Jon Whitmore and Vice-Provost Jim Brink. Following a statement about uniting in a common cause with the Comanche Nation, delivered by BL on behalf of the University, four members of the Comanche Indian Veterans Association were asked by Chairman Coffey to select an empty clay pot from a ceremonial table and to take up a position at one of the ceremonial grounds’ four cardinal points. BL asked four University representatives, each one holding a similar clay pitcher full of local groundwater, to join the veterans at the cardinal points.

Richard Rowland’s Llano Estacado pots.
  The clay vessels, designed and built by artist Richard Rowland, were created from material that lies exposed in a narrow canyon on the eastern edge of Texas’s Llano Estacado, the site of a catastrophic loss for Comanche people. Here on September 29, 1874, more than a thousand horses stolen from the Comanche were shot and killed by troops of the Fourth United States Cavalry. BL and Richard Rowland dug clay and gathered other materials for the vessels at the site and fired them in an anagama kiln, using wood from several places in Texas and Oklahoma. The water for the ceremony was borrowed from a part of the Ogallala aquifer that lies beneath traditional Comanche country, land on which the University now stands.

During the ceremony, Comanche horses came up from nearby pastures and stood along the fence adjacent to the ceremonial grounds.
  At a signal from Chairman Coffey, the singers and drummers began a song and those holding the pitchers began slowly pouring water into the pots. At the conclusion of the song, Chairman Coffey asked that the water now in the pots be poured out onto the Earth. The University presented some of the Comanche people with Pendleton blankets, the colors were struck, and everyone joined in a slow line dance, twice circling the drummers and singers. The ceremony closed with the Comanche setting up receiving lines, so that each person present might be able to shake hands with every other person.


Updated 17 March 2014
Contents © 1966 to current, by
Barry Holstun Lopez. All Rights Reserved.
"The Invitation," Granta, November 2015

Other Country: Barry Lopez and the Community of Artists by James Perrin Warren, The University of Arizona Press, December 2015

"Uncivilized,"Outside magazine, September 2014

Outside trade edition, Trinity University Press, 2014

Outside, Nawakum Press, 2013

"Sliver of Sky," Harper's, January 2013

Writers on the Air: Conversations About Books
Donna Seaman Paul Dry Books 2005

Résistance French edition Actes Sud 2006

Light Action in the Caribbean Knopf 2000 Vintage 2001

Arctic Dreams Arabic edition National Library, United Arab Emirates 2001

About This Life
Knopf 1998 Vintage 1999

Field Notes Chinese edition China One 1997


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