Barry Lopez

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Barry Holstun Lopez (born January 6, 1945) is an American author, essayist, and fiction writer whose work is known for its environmental and social concerns.



Lopez was born in Port Chester, New York[1] and raised in Southern California and New York City.[2] He attended the University of Notre Dame, earning undergraduate and graduate degrees there in 1966 and 1968. He also attended New York University and the University of Oregon.[1] His first stories appeared in 1966,[3] and, until 1981, he was also a landscape photographer.[4] He regularly collaborates with other artists and writers and is active in national and international efforts toward reconciliation.[5] He has traveled to nearly 70 countries and in 2003 was elected a Fellow of the Explorers Club.[6]

Lopez has been described as "the nation's premier nature writer" by the San Francisco Chronicle. In his non-fiction, he frequently examines the relationship between human culture and physical landscape, while in his fiction he addresses issues of intimacy, ethics and identity. He has written introductions for and guest edited a number of books and anthologies, including Home Ground with Debra Gwartney, The Best American Spiritual Writing 2005, and The Future of Nature. In 2008, he guest edited two volumes of the journal Manoa with Frank Stewart, Maps of Reconciliation and Gates of Reconciliation.[7] Lopez along with Peter Matthiessen, Terry Tempest Williams, and James Galvin (poet) was hailed in Mark Tredinnick's The Land's Wild Music (Trinity University Press, 2005) in which Tredinnick analyzed how the landscape nourished and developed Lopez's writing.

An archive of Lopez's manuscripts and other work has been established at Texas Tech University,[8][9] where he is the university's visiting distinguished scholar.[6]

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