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)


Thanks for your help

The Kickstarter campaign to establish The Barry Lopez Visiting Writer in Ethics and Community Fellowship in Hawai'i has been successful. The first fellow will be appointed in 2016. This ten-day residency will culminate each year with an evening lecture at the University of Hawai'i entitled "The Contemporary Writer and Social Responsibility." To contribute to a fund that will continue to underwrite the Fellowship and ensure its longevity, please make a donation in any amount you wish to The Manoa Foundation and mail it to Frank Stewart, The Manoa Foundation 3718 Loulo Street, Honolulu, Hawai'i 96822. Donations are tax deductible.

At a Glance

Barry Lopez was born in 1945 in Port Chester, New York. He grew up in Southern California and New York City and attended college in the Midwest before moving to Oregon, where he has lived since 1968. He is an essayist, author, and short-story writer, and has traveled extensively in remote and populated parts of the world.

He is the author of Arctic Dreams, for which he received the National Book Award, Of Wolves and Men, a National Book Award finalist for which he received the John Burroughs and Christopher medals, and eight works of fiction, including Light Action in the Caribbean, Field Notes, and Resistance. His essays are collected in two books, Crossing Open Ground and About This Life. He contributes regularly to Harper's, Granta, The Georgia Review, Orion, Outside, The Paris Review, Manoa and other publications in the United States and abroad. His work has appeared in dozens of anthologies, including Best American Essays, Best Spiritual Writing, and the “best” collections from National Geographic, Outside, The Georgia Review, The Paris Review, and other periodicals.

His most recent books are Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape, a reader's dictionary of regional landscape terms, which he edited with Debra Gwartney, and Outside, a collection of six stories with engravings by Barry Moser.

In his nonfiction, Mr. Lopez writes often about the relationship between the physical landscape and human culture. In his fiction, he frequently addresses issues of intimacy, ethics, and identity. His first stories were published in 1966. He has been a full-time writer since leaving graduate school in 1970 but occasionally accepts invitations to teach and lecture. He has been the Welch Professor of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame and the Glenn Distinguished Professor at Washington & Lee University, has taught at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and other venues, and travels regularly to Texas Tech University where he is the university's Visiting Distinguished Scholar.

Mr. Lopez, who was active as a landscape photographer prior to 1981, maintains close ties with a diverse community of artists. He has collaborated with the composer John Luther Adams on several theater and concert productions, has spoken at exhibitions of the work of sculptor Michael Singer and photographer Robert Adams, and has written about painter Alan Magee, artists Lillian Pitt and Rick Bartow, and potter Richard Rowland. He has also collaborated with playwright Jim Leonard, Jr., on a production of his illustrated fable Crow and Weasel, which opened at The Children’s Theatre in Minneapolis, and worked on a production of Coyote at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., a play based on his book Giving Birth to Thunder. The fine press limited editions he's collaborated on recently, including Apologia and The Letters of Heaven, both with artist Robin Eschner, and The Mappist and Anotaciones, with book artist Charles Hobson, are in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum, the National Gallery, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the New York Public Library, Stanford, Yale, and other universities and institutions.

Mr. Lopez is a recipient of the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the John Hay Medal, Guggenheim, Lannan, and National Science Foundation fellowships, Pushcart Prizes in fiction and nonfiction, the St. Francis of Assisi Award from DePaul University, the Denise Levertov Award from Image magazine, and honors from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Association of American Geographers, and the New York Public Library. In 2002 he was elected a Fellow of The Explorers Club.


Texas Tech

In 2001, Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, acquired Barry Lopez's manuscripts, notebooks, field journals, professional correspondence, and other archival materials and with them founded the James E. Sowell Family Collection in Literature, Community, and the Natural World. At the same time, to inaugurate the collection, the University also acquired the papers of William Kittredge, David Quammen, Pattiann Rogers, and Annick Smith. Since then, the Sowell Collection has purchased the papers and correspondence of Bill McKibben, Gretel Ehrlich, Gary Nabhan, Rick Bass, David James Duncan, Robert Michael Pyle, and others. It has also developed supporting collections of work by Edward Abbey, Edward Hoagland, and Howard Norman.

In 2003 Lopez was appointed the University's first Visiting Distinguished Scholar, a position that formally recognized a variety of projects he had been working on since the university acquired his papers. In 2001, he and E.O. Wilson, the Harvard biologist, designed a new undergraduate major for TTU's Honors College. It combined study in the sciences and humanities into a single degree program, the B.A. in Natural History & the Humanities. In 2004, with then associate dean of libraries William E. Tydeman, he established the endowed Formby Lectures in Social Justice. Since 2001 he has brought exhibits to the University's art gallery, taught workshops, and met with students in a wide range of disciplines.

Lopez visits the Lubbock campus twice annually.


Updated 7 March 2014
Contents © 1966 to current, by
Barry Holstun Lopez. All Rights Reserved.
Photo by David Liittschwager


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Contact the author

All correspondence regarding permission to reprint and other rights, or regarding public appearances, must be directed to the appropriate address or link.

Readers may direct personal letters to the following address:

Barry Lopez
PO Box 389
Blue River OR 97413

Preliminary watercolor of Badger by Tom Pohrt, for Crow and Weasel


"I would ask you to remember only this one thing," said Badger. "The stories people tell have a way of taking care of them. If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive. That is why we put these stories in each other's memory. This is how people care for themselves. One day you will be good story-tellers. Never forget these obligations."

Crow and Weasel
North Point Press