Faculty reading from the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing's "Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference"

Introduction by Courtney Fowler

March 3-6, 2011
ASU, Tempe campus

Gretel Ehrlich is the author of 15 books including three books of narrative essays, a novel, a book of short stories, a memoir of being hit by lightning, three books of poetry, a biography of John Muir, a book of travel in western China, a children’s book, and three books about Arctic culture and climate change. Her recent books include This Cold Heaven (Pantheon, 2001), The Future of Ice (Pantheon, 2004) and In the Empire of Ice (National Geographic Books, 2010), which is part salvage anthropology, part personal narrative, part climate science. She has been published in Harper’s, the Atlantic, the New York Times Magazine, Time, Life, National Geographic Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Aperture, National Geographic Traveler, Architectural Digest, Orion, Shambhala Sun, Tricycle, Antaeus, and Outside, among many others. She adapted her novel Heart Mountain for the screen for Robert Redford. Her work has been anthologized in Best Essays of the Century, Best Essays of 1988, Best Spiritual Essays, Best Travel Essays, The Nature Reader, and Nature Writing, among many others. She was a correspondent for NPR’s 'Day to Day' and has reported from Kosovo, the Arctic, and Africa. She has taught literature at Bennington College and the University of California at Santa Barbara, and held an endowed chair at Williams College in the Center for Environmental Studies, where she taught a seminar on Arctic Culture and Climate Change. Ehrlich is the winner of many awards, among them, the 2010 PEN Henry David Thoreau Award, a Bellagio Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Award, the Harold B. Vurcell Award for distinguished prose from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts, and two Expedition Council Grants from the National Geographic Society for circumpolar travel in the high Arctic. Ehrlich has spent many seasons of the last 19 years in Greenland and the Arctic.

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