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What Wildness is This

Contributors' Bios

Diane Ackerman is the author of over twenty books of poetry and nonfiction for adults and children. Her nature books include The Moon by Whale Light and Cultivating Delight. Her poetry has appeared in leading literary journals, and in the books Origami Bridges and I Praise My Destroyer. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the John Burroughs Nature Award, the Lavan Poetry Prize, and other honors.

Paula Gunn Allen, professor of English at UCLA, is the author of The Woman Who Owned the Shadow, The Sacred Hoop: Recovering the Feminine in American Indian Tradition, and seven volumes of poetry. As well, she is the editor of numerous volumes of critical studies and writings by Native American women. Recently, she co-authored As Long As the Rivers Shall Flow: 10 American Indian Biographies.

Gloria Anzaldúa was a Chicana lesbian-feminist, poet, writer, and cultural theorist. She was born in Jesus Maria of the Valley, Texas in a family of Mexican immigrants, was the only one of her neighborhood to graduate from college, and began her work teaching children from migrant families. Her first book, Borderlands/La Frontera, was named as one of the Best Books of 1987 by the Literary Journal. Anzaldúa was awarded an NEA Fiction Award, a Lesbian Rights Award, and a Sappho Award of Distinction. Her most recent book was the edited collection, This Bridge We Call Home, an anthology of feminist writings. She died in 2004.

Rebecca Balcárcel earned an M.F.A. degree from Bennington College in 2002, where she was awarded their Jane Kenyon Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in over twenty journals and magazines, including North American Review, Concho River Review, Clockwatch Review, and South Dakota Review.

Cindy Bellinger earned a BA in creative writing and a MA in education and taught junior high school. She has written a woman's guide to home improvement called Someone Stole My Outhouse, an essay in the anthology Woven on the Wind, and over a thousand articles and columns in local, regional and national publications. She lives in northern New Mexico.

Judith Bowen's work has been published in The Mesquite Review, a Rio Grande Valley arts magazine, and in Occupational Practice, a trade journal in Occupational Therapy. She is an Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy at the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg, TX and also a Certified Healing Touch Practitioner. She lives in Edinburg, TX.

Janice Bowers is a botanist with the U.S. Geological Survey. She conducts plant research (with a special interest in cacti) at the Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill, Tucson, AZ. Her interest in cacti has led to investigations of their seed banks and floral biology. She has also compiled local floras and studied the history of the Desert Laboratory and its scientists. She is the author of several wildflower guides and four books of natural-history essays, including Fear Falls Away and A Full Life in a Small Place.

SueEllen Campbell is Professor of English at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. She is the author of Even Mountains Vanish: Searching for Solace in an Age of Extinction and Bringing the Mountain Home. She is an editor for the book series Under the Sign of Nature for the University of Virginia Press, and has written widely about American nature and environmental writing.

Denise Chávez is an actress, teacher, and writer whose first novel, The Last of the Menu Girls, was awarded the Puerto del Sol Fiction Award. Face of an Angel received the American Book Award for 1995 and the Premio Axtlan award. Chávez, who calls herself a "performance writer," has completed nearly two dozen plays, three novels, and a book for children, The Woman Who Knew the Language of the Animals.

Alison Hawthorne Deming is the author of The Monarchs: A Poem Sequence and Science and Other Poems, which received the 1993 Walt Whitman Award. Her three books of prose include Temporary Homelands, a collection of nature essays. She has received the Pushcart Prize for nonfiction and held the Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University and two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. She lives in Tucson, where she teaches at the University of Arizona.

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, historian and college professor, is the author of an acclaimed three-volume memoir (Red Dirt: Growing Up Okie; Outlaw Woman: A Memoir of the War Years, 1960-1975; Blood on the Border: A Memoir of the Contra War). Among her other books are The Great Sioux Nation: An Oral History of the Sioux Nation and its Struggle for Sovereignty; and Roots of Resistance: A History of Land Tenure in New Mexico, 1680-1980.

Sybil Pittman Estess is a poet, essayist and teacher who lives in Houston. Her books are Seeing the Desert Green (poems), Elizabeth Bishop and Her Art (criticism) and In a Field of Words (creative writing textbook, co-authored with Janet McCann). Her poems have appeared in numerous journals.

Carol Fox, a native Texan, lived in many places, including Peru, before returning to her home on the San Gabriel River. She teaches at Temple College in Taylor, Texas, and raises cattle.

Janie Fried grew up in Okarche, Oklahoma and lives in Los Angeles. After attending Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, she worked as a reporter and editor for a variety of newspapers in New Jersey, Oklahoma, Texas, and California for more than twenty years.

Julia Gibson has been an animator and visual effects producer for a number of movies. She lives in Los Angeles.

Former Forest Service biologist Laura Girardeau holds a master's degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Oregon. A poet and writer of short stories who sees writing as a form of personal prayer, she has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Girardeau lives in a log home in Idaho.

Susan Hanson, author of Icons of Loss and Grace: Moments from the Natural World, teaches in the English Department at Texas State University in San Marcos TX. She has worked for twenty years as a newspaper journalist, winning more than thirty awards, and has served as lay chaplain for the Episcopal campus ministry at Texas State since 1995.

Joy Harjo is the author of six books of poetry: A Map to the Next World, The Woman Who Fell from the Sky, In Mad Love and War, Secrets from the Center of the World, She Had Some Horses, and What Moon Drove Me to This? With Gloria Bird, she coedited Reinventing the Enemy's Language: Contemporary Native Women's Writings of North America. She has received numerous awards and grants. She lives in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Joyce Sequiche Hifler, a descendant of Cherokees who came to Oklahoma over the Trail of Tears, has written eight books, including the popular three-book series, The Cherokee Feast of Days, and a syndicated newspaper column, "Think on These Things." She lives near Bartlesville OK.

Chickasaw writer Linda Hogan is the author of six volumes of poetry (beginning with Calling Myself Home, 1979), two short story collections, three novels (including the Putlitzer-nominated Mean Spirit), a collection of essays, a memoir, and several edited collections of women's writing and co-authored books. She received her M.A. at the University of Colorado and held writing residencies for the states of Colorado and Oklahoma. She is associate professor of American Indian studies at the University of Minnesota.

Judith Ann Isaacs is director of a small rural library in Jemez Springs, New Mexico. She has been a teacher, journalist and editor, as well as a writer. Isaacs is the author of Jemez Valley Cookbook: The Food, The People, The Land.

Joan Shaddox Isom's latest book is Offerings in the Snow: A Christmas Story. She is the author of The First Starry Night and coeditor of The Leap Years: Women Reflect on Change, Loss and Love. Isom's work has been anthologized widely, and her fiction and nonfiction work have appeared in such publications as Nimrod, The Indian Historian, and Negative Capability, Eclectica Magazine, storySouth, and Southern Scribe.

Teresa Jordan is the award-winning author of Riding the White Horse Home, Cowgirls, and Field Notes from the Grand Canyon, as well as the editor of two anthologies of western women's writing. She is a regular contributor to The Savvy Traveler and other public radio shows. She divides her time between a ranch in Nevada and Salt Lake City.

Joy Kennedy is an English instructor at Brazosport College in Lake Jackson, Texas. She has been awarded a Writer's League of Texas Creative Non-fiction Fellowship, and her works have been published in such journals as Organization and Environment, Petroglyph, Southwestern American Literature, and ISLE (Interdisciplinary Studies for Literature and the Environment).

Barbara Kingsolver was a journalist and science writer before the publication of her first novel, The Bean Trees, in 1988. Since then, she has published four other novels, all of which have drawn critical praise: Animal Dreams, Pigs in Heaven, The Poisonwood Bible, and Prodigal Summer. Kingsolver has written numerous essays, poems, stories, and a non-fiction book, Holding the Line: Women in the Great Arizona Mine Strike of 1983. She lives in Arizona.

Nancy Linnon is a freelance writer, editor, and teacher. Her work has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, Yoga International, Brevity, and Mothering. For her essay, "Hair," she was a finalist in the National League of American Pen Women Contest in San Francisco. She lives in Tucson AZ.

Sandra D. Lynn's poetry has appeared in several journals and poetry collections and her essays are have been published in the New York Times, the Albuquerque Journal, and the Dallas Morning News, as well as Flower and Garden and New Mexico Magazine. Her book, Windows on the West: Historic Lodgings of New Mexico, was the winner of several awards, including the 1999 Southwest Book Award.

Nancy Mairs, poet and an essayist, was awarded the 1984 Western States Book Award in poetry for In All the Rooms of the Yellow House and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1991. She has written four collections of essays (including Waist-High in the World: A Life Among the Nondisabled); a memoir, Remembering the Bone House; and a spiritual autobiography, Ordinary Time: Cycles in Marriage, Faith, and Renewal. Mairs and her husband live in Tucson AZ.

Ellen Meloy is the author of The Last Cheater's Waltz and Raven's Exile: A Season on the Green River, which was awarded the Spur Award for contemporary nonfiction. The Whiting Foundation honored her with a Writer's Award in 1997. Her environmental essays have been widely anthologized, and she has written for numerous journals. She died in 2004.

Lianne Elizabeth Mercer is a certified poetry therapist and nurse. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in various journals and anthologies. In 1991, her short story, For Sale, was nominated for a Push Cart Prize. Mercer's story, Addie's War, won the Judy and A. C. Greene Literary Festival of Salado, Texas award in 1999.

Donna Marie Miller teaches English and journalism classes at James A. Bowie High School in Austin, Texas. A veteran teacher of 18 years, she also worked for eleven years as a reporter. Miller writes about issues faced daily by people living along the state's border with Mexico. Miller formerly worked as a full-time reporter for the Amarillo Globe-News, The El Paso Times, and The El Paso Herald-Post and freelanced for The Austin American Statesman, Third Coast Magazine and Texas Monthly magazines, all under the name of Donna Weeks.

Susan Cummins Miller holds degrees in history, anthropology and geology from the University of California, Riverside. She has worked as a field geologist with the U. S. Geological Survey and taught geology, oceanography, and creative writing. A Tucson resident, Miller is the author of three mystery novels, Death Assemblage, Detachment Fault, and Quarry. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, and she is the editor of the anthology, A Sweet, Separate Intimacy: Women Writers of the American Frontier, 1800-1922.

Penelope Moffet is the author of a book of poems titled Keeping Still. Her poems, stories and articles have appeared in Green Fuse, The Missouri Review, The Sun: A Magazine of Ideas, Los Angeles Times, Publishers Weekly, The Devil's Millhopper, Columbia and elsewhere. Moffet lives in Southern California.

Pat Mora, a native of El Paso, Texas, has written poetry, essays, and children's books. She has received a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship in poetry and a Kellogg National Leadership Fellowship. Agua Santa: Holy Water is the most recent of her five poetry collections for adults. Among her twenty-five children's titles are The Gift of the Poinsettia: El Regalo de la Flor de Nochebuena; and Listen to the Desert: Oye al Desierto.

Kathleen Dean Moore is Professor of Philosophy and the founding director of the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word at Oregon State University. She has published three books of essays: The Pine Island Paradox; Holdfast: At Home in the Natural World; and Riverwalking: Reflections on Moving Water. She is co-editor of a forthcoming collection of essays about Rachel Carson (2005) and is currently co-editing the papers of the late Viola Cordova.

Linda Joy Myers, Ph.D., is the prize-winning author of Don't Call Me Mother: Breaking the Chain of Mother Daughter Abandonment, and Becoming Whole: Writing Your Healing Story. Linda is a therapist in Berkeley, CA. and teaches memoir-as-healing workshops in the San Francisco Bay Area and nationally.

Nancy Owen Nelson earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Auburn. She has pursued the study of Western American literature with publications on Frederick Manfred and Wallace Stegner. She is the editor of Private Voices, Public Lives: Women Speak on the Literary Life and The Lizard Speaks: Essays on the Writings of Frederick Manfred. She lives in Prescott AZ, where she is Assistant Director of the Hassayampa Institute for Creative Writing.

Naomi Shihab Nye is the author and/or editor of more than twenty volumes of poetry, fiction, essays, and children's literature, as well as eight prize-winning poetry anthologies for young readers. Her latest work of poetry is You and Yours (2005); her latest work of fiction is a novel for teens, Going Going (2005). She has been a Lannan Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a Wittner Bynner Fellow of the Library of Congress, and is the winner of numerous awards.

Sandra Ramos O'Briant's work has appeared in Whistling Shade, AIM Magazine, Ink Pot, NFG, La Herencia, The Copperfield Review, The Journal of Modern Post, and Café Irreal. In addition, her short stories have been anthologized in Best Lesbian Love Stories of 2004, Life's Spices from Seasoned Sistahs, and Latinos in Lotus Land: An Anthology of Contemporary Southern California Literature (Bilingual Press, 2007).

Erica Olsen has had residencies at the Ucross Foundation and the Aspen Guard Station, San Juan National Forest, Colorado. Her stories and essays have appeared in High Country News, ZYZZYVA, and other publications.

Patricia N. Pando, a Texas native, lives in Bainbridge, Georgia, where she writes a column on food and memories for the Bainbridge Post-Searchlight.

Beth Paulson lives in the San Juan Mountains near Ouray, Colorado, where she teaches poetry workshops and directs poetry events. Her work has been published in Mountain Gazette, Writing on the Edge, The Kerf, and Blueline. Paulson's first collection, The Truth About Thunder, was published in 2001, and By Stone, By Water, a CD of her work, was produced in 2003.

Linda Elizabeth Peterson's essays about her relationship to her family's farm appear in her books Heartlands and Black Earth and Ivory Tower: New American Essays From Farm and Classroom. She currently divides her time between the farm in Michigan's Thumb and her home in Mt. Pleasant, where she teaches composition at Central Michigan University.

P.J. Pierce is a freelance writer in Austin, Texas and author of "Let me tell you what I've learned": Texas Wisewomen Speak. The University of Texas Press will publish her current project, The Biography of Liz Carpenter. A regular, long-distance bicyclist, Pierce likes to scull on Town Lake in Austin and spend quiet time at Lost Pines.

Liza Porter is a poet and fiction writer whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in AGNI, Cimarron Review, Hotel Amerika, The Pedestal Magazine, Slipstream and other publications. She is director of the monthly "Other Voices Women's Reading Series" in Tucson.

Carol Coffee Reposa's poems have appeared in many literary magazines. She is the author of three books of poetry, At the Border: Winter Lights, The Green Room, and Facts of Life. She has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize and has received two Fulbright/Hays Fellowships for study in Russia, Peru, and Ecuador. She teaches English at San Antonio College.

Pattiann Rogers is the author of ten books of poetry. Her first, The Expectations of Light, was published in 1981; her most recent is Generations (2004). Her collected poetry, Song of the World Becoming, was a finalist for the LA Times Book Award. She has received two NEA Grants, A Guggenheim Fellowship, and many awards. She has taught and held writing residencies at several universities. She lives in Colorado.

Wendy Rose's work as a Native American poet (her father was Hopi, her mother part Miwok) has been acclaimed as an expression of the tragic loss of native lives in the settling of the New World. She is the Coordinator of the American Indian Studies Program at Fresno city college in California. Beginning with Hopi Roadrunner Dancing (1971) through Itch Like Crazy (2002), her poetry has been widely anthologized. She edited American Indian Quarterly and has worked with the Smithsonian Native Writers Series, the Women's Literature Project of Oxford University Press, and the Modern Language Association Commission on Languages and Literature of the Americas.

Sharman Apt Russell, winner of the Mountain and Plains Booksellers Award for Songs of the Fluteplayer, has written six other books, including An Obsession with Butterflies and When the Land was Young: Reflections on American Archaeology. She teaches at Western New Mexico University.

Jan Jarboe Russell, journalist and biographer, is the author of Lady Bird: A Biography of Mrs. Johnson. Her syndicated opinion column has appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the San Francisco Examiner, and other newspapers. She has been a senior editor at Texas Monthly Magazine and has written hundreds of stories for such publications as The New York Times, George magazine, Talk magazine, Good Housekeeping, Working Woman and Redbook. Russell lives in San Antonio with her husband and two children.

Jan Epton Seale is the author of a collection of stories entitled Airlift: Short Stories; Homeland, a collection of essays; The Nuts-&-Bolts Guide to Writing Your Life Story; and five books of poetry, the latest of which are Valley Ark and The Wonder Is. She has received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. She lives in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.

Leslie Marmon Silko, who grew up on Laguna Pueblo, near Albuquerque, is the author of three novels (Ceremony, Almanac of the Dead, and Gardens in the Dunes), as well as numerous short stories, essays, poetry, articles and filmscripts. She has won prizes, fellowships, and grants from such sources as the the MacArthur Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. She has taught at several Southwestern universities and currently lives in Arizona.

Lisa Shirah-Hiers is a freelance writer and piano teacher in Austin, Texas. She has published articles, essays, book reviews and poetry in the Texas Episcopalian, the Hill Country Sun, austinwoman magazine, and Austin Monthly.

Joanne Smith is a writer, naturalist and hermit-in-residence at Paddock Place in the Prescott National Forest outside Prescott, Arizona. Her articles have appeared in the Austin American-Statesman, austinwoman, and other publications.

Photographer Sandra S. Smith lives in Tucson, Arizona, where she spends time on the desert writing and making art. Lately she has been creating Polaroid SX 70 images and compositing images using Adobe Photoshop. She likes to combine words and images. Her book, Portraits of Clay: Potters of Mata OrtÝz, was published by the University of Arizona Press.

Mary Sojourner is a novelist, short story writer, and essayist whose books include Sisters of the Dream; bonelight: ruin and grace in the New Southwest; and Delicate: stories of light and desire, Her essays appear in High Country News' syndicated column, "Writers on the Range," and she is a regular commentator for local and national NPR. She teaches writing workshops throughout the West.

Connie Spittler is a video producer, teacher, lecturer and writer of award-winning short stories, essays and poetry published in multicultural anthologies. Spittler's Wise Women videos can be found at Harvard University in the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America.

Mary Bryan Stafford is a fifth-generation Texan living near Liberty Hill, Texas, outside Austin. She currently is working on a memoir of her childhood, spent largely on a South Texas ranch. Her poetry has appeared in Slightly West. Now retired from the teaching of English and Spanish, she writes, teaches aerobics, rides and trains horses.

Hallie Crawford Stillwell, author of I'll Gather My Geese, was born in Waco TX in 1898 and moved to the Big Bend country with her parents in a covered wagon. She began operating her pioneer ranch in 1918, and in 1930, began writing her "Ranch News" column for the Alpine Avalanche. During her long life (she died in 1997) she taught school, managed a restaurant, raised children, and served as a justice of the peace. She was inducted into both the Texas Women's Hall of Fame and the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame.

Judith Strasser's poetry collection, The Reason/Unreason Project, won the 2005 Lewis-Clark Press Expedition Award. Many of the poems in the collection were written during a three-month residency at the Helen Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, New Mexico. Strasser is also the author of a memoir, Black Eye: Escaping a Marriage, Writing a Life and of a chapbook, Sand Island Succession: Poems of the Apostles.

Lisa Swanstrom earned a master's degree in creative writing from the Professional Writing Program at the University of Southern California, where she won an AWP Intro Journals Award for Creative Nonfiction. Her work has appeared in several magazines. Swanstrom also co-edits the online literary journal Sunspinner.

Margo Tamez's poetry, which is often anthologized, appears in the book Naked Wanting and the chapbook Alleys & Allies. Two of her books are being published in 2006: Raven Eye is a poetry collection; The Daughter of Lightning is a collection of essays relating stories of chemical, petroleum, DDT, and toxaphene exposures in indigenous communities in which she lived or worked. Other poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals. Currently a resident of Washington, she uses her own production (painting, photography, film, fiber media, mixed media) to inform her poetry and prose. Her writing focuses on contemporary indigenous women's narratives and cultural productions which interrogate and speak out on toxic environments and engage environmental justice strategies in borderland, transnational indigenous communities.

Luci Tapahonso grew up on a farm in the Navajo Nation, Shiprock, New Mexico. She has taught at the University of New Mexico, the University of Kansas at Lawrence, and at the University of Arizona at Tucson. She is the author of five books of poetry and two books for young readers.

Nancy Ellis Taylor lives and writes in Los Angeles and gives readings locally several times a year. Her work has appeared in a variety of journals, including Astropoetica, The Red River Review, Strange Horizons, Aldebaran and the anthology, There is Something in the Autumn.

Pat Ellis Taylor, novelist, short-story writer, and journalist, was born in Texas and spent her teenage years in Weisbaden, Germany. She received her B.A. in 1969 and her M.A. in 1976, both from the University of Texas at El Paso. Her first novel, Border Healing Woman, won a Southwest Book Award in 1981, and her third, Afoot in a Field of Men and Other Stories from Dallas' East Side, won a Texas Circuit Book Award. In 1991, under the name of Pat LittleDog, Taylor wrote In Search of the Holy Mother of Jobs.

Ceiridwen Terrill is an environmental writer specializing in literary nonfiction, including environmental journalism, science writing, and memoir. Her areas of scholarly inquiry include urban ecology, urban/wild conflicts, and the intersections of gender, culture, and science. Her essays have appeared in Isotope: A Journal of Literary Nature and Science Writing and Oxford American. Her recent book Unnatural Landscapes is forthcoming in 2007 from the University of Arizona Press. She is currently working on a new book Inyo about the breeding and selling of wolfdogs in the United States. Ceiridwen is Assistant Professor of English at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon. She also teaches field courses in botanical medicine and urban ecology, and she is an avid backpacker, kayaker, and sailor. She lives on her sailboat Whistledown with her dog Thelma.

Freelance writer Kelly Tighe has published two Arizona trail guides, including the first guide to the state's new border-to-border Arizona Trail. She is a frequent contributor to Arizona Highways magazine. Tighe enjoys exploring Arizona's mountains, deserts and canyons.

Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer received her master's degree in English Language and Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She directs the Telluride Writers Guild and leads poetry workshops across the West. Her books include If You Listen: Poetry & Photographs of the San Juan Mountains; Charity: True Stories of Giving & Receiving; Celebration: The Christmas Candle Book with Poems of Light; and Telluride's Victorian Vernacular: An Architectural Walking Tour.

Susan J. Tweit studied grizzly bear habitat, sagebrush, and wildfires before turning to writing. She is the author of numerous books, including The San Luis Valley and Barren, Wild, and Worthless: Living in the Chihuahuan Desert, as well as hundreds of articles, essays, radio commentaries, and newspaper columns. Tweit's work has appeared in many anthologies, most recently Comeback Wolves and A Road of Her Own: Women's Journeys in the West.

Marie Unini is a writer and massage therapist living near Pearblossom, California. "The Raven" is her first published work. She gratefully credits the Los Angeles organization, Writers at Work, its founder Terry Wolverton and the members of the Thursday night group Women at Work, for any progress she's made with her writing in the past three years.

Gloria Vando's first book of poems, Promesas: Geography of the Impossible (1995) won the Thorpe Menn Book Award. Her second, Shadows & Supposes (2002) won the Poetry Society of America's Alice Fay DiCastagnola Award and the Latino Literary Award. She has published poems in many journals and her work is frequently anthologized. She is also the founder of Helicon Nine Editions, a literary press.

Davi Walders grew up in the oilfields of Oklahoma and Texas. Her work has appeared in more than 150 publications, including The American Scholar, Ms, Seneca Review, and Washington Woman. Her most recent poetry collection, Gifts, was commissioned by the Milton Murray Foundation for Philanthropy and presented to the Carnegie Corporation's Medal of Philanthropy recipients. Walders developed and directs the Vital Signs Writing Project for patients and families at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.

Patricia Wellingham-Jones is a writer and editor and three-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Her work has been published in numerous anthologies, journals, and Internet magazines. She has edited two collections and is the author of Don't Turn Away: Poems About Breast Cancer, Voices on the Land, A Gathering Glance and Hormone Stew.

Kathryn Wilder is the editor of Walking the Twilight: Women Writers of the Southwest (vols. 1 and 2) and Forbidden Talent. She has a BA and an MA in creative writing and has taught writing privately and at Northern Arizona University and Coconino Community College. She lives in Flagstaff, AZ.

Terry Tempest Williams' works include collections of essays on the nature and politics of place, edited anthologies of nature writing, two children's books, and an exploration of Hieronymus Bosch's painting. Her best-known work is the memoir Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place. Her most recent is Red: Patience and Passion in the Desert, about the redrock wilderness of Southern Utah, where she lives.

Deborah K. Wilson's ancestors were among the original settlers in Burnet County, TX, where she grew up. She holds a degree in Communications from the University of Texas at Austin where she studied fine arts and film making, with particular interest in Geographical Documentary Production. She composes and performs original music and collects oral histories of places.

Ann Woodin is the author of three books: Home Is The Desert (1964), In the Circle of the Sun (1971, about a family journey through India), and The Rule of Two: Observations on Close Relationship (1985).

Jackie Woolley's articles, fiction, and poetry have appeared in such publications as Christian Science Monitor, Christian Herald, Sunday Digest, Lutheran Digest, and Sunshine magazine; her book, All the Things You Aren't...Yet, was published in 1980. Woolley was a semi-finalist in the 2002 William Faulkner Writing Competition; the book, a historical novel entitled Windmills, will be published in 2007.

Paula Stallings Yost, personal historian and founder of LifeSketches/ Heirloom Memoirs Publishing in Yantis, Texas, is a memoirist, editor, and publisher with a background in journalism and public relations. Her edited works include Tales of a Scrapper, Profile of a Lone Star Legacy, A Country Cowboy, Cooking Up the Memories, and Miracles on the Amazon. She is the former vice-president of the Association of Personal Historians, served on the board of Story Circle Network, and currently is editor of the Story Circle Network Book Review Web site. She also offers memoir-writing workshops online and across the country and has organized numerous writing conferences.

Mary Young, a staff and freelance writer and editor since 1985, has taught creative writing and journalism in high school and college. She has written two published books: How To Make Your Airplane Last Forever, and Desperate Measures. Her work has appeared in writers' magazines and such publications as America West's Inflight Magazine, Arizona Business, and Capper's.

Ann Zwinger lives in Colorado Springs and teaches English and Southwest Studies at Colorado College. Her latest book is Shaped by Wind and Water: Reflections of a Naturalist. She has written eighteen books since 1970, including the acclaimed Run, River, Run; Wind in the Rock; Downcanyon; and The Near-Sighted Naturalist.

Susan Zwinger's most recent book is The Hanford Reach: A Land of Contrasts. Last Wild Edge is an account of her kayak journey from the Arctic Circle to the Olympic Peninsula. She is also the author of Stalking the Ice Dragon and Still Wild, Always Wild. She and her mother Ann Zwinger are also co-authors of Women in Wilderness. Zwinger's essays and poems have appeared in a wide variety of journals and anthologies.

Last updated: 11/01/06