2003-2004 Academic Year

National Book Award-Winner Barry Lopez Coming to Pitzer

Claremont, Calif. (Feb. 9, 2004) — Barry Lopez, essayist, short-story writer and international traveler, will be visiting Pitzer College on February 23 and 24. He will be speaking from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, February 23, at Avery Auditorium. A book signing will follow. Please join us for these very special events.

Barry LopezLopez will meet with students for a Walk/Talk, beginning at the Pitzer clock tower, at 10 a.m. Monday, February 23, during which time he will speak to issues of the Natural Landscape in the Human Environment. Lopez will talk about the Social Responsibility of the Artist/Writer at 10 a.m. Tuesday, February 24, in the Broad Performance Space.

Barry Lopez is the author of Arctic Dreams , for which he received the National Book Award. Lopez's other nonfiction works include About This Life, and Of Wolves And Men (a National Book Award finalist). Lopez is considered one of the nation's premier nature writers. In his nonfiction he often examines the relationship between human culture and physical landscape. He also has written award-winning works of fiction, including Field Notes, Winter Count, and a novella-length fable, Crow and Weasel .

Most recently Lopez published a collection of stories, Light Action in the Caribbean. "These are quietly astonishing tales, glistening with precision," wrote The New York Times. The Washington Post called him a "sweet stylist, finding the right voice for each of his characters and offering lyrical descriptions of natural beauty."

Once a landscape photographer, Lopez continues to maintain close contact with a diverse community of artists. He is on the advisory board of Theater Grottesco in Santa Fe. He has collaborated with composer John Luther Adams on several concert and theater productions and spoken at openings for sculptor Michael Singer and photographer Robert Adams. In another area of work, he recently collaborated with E.O. Wilson in the design of a university curriculum that combines the sciences and humanities in a new undergraduate major. Recent trips have taken him to Cuba, France and Antarctica.

Lopez is the recipient of the Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the John Burroughs Medal, Guggenheim, National Science Foundation, and Lannan Foundation Fellowships, the John Hay Award for 2001, Pushcart Prizes in fiction and nonfiction, and other honors. His work appears regularly in Harper's, The Paris Review, Orion and The Georgia Review. Currently he is working on a book to be published by Knopf in 2004 titled, Resistance. He lives in western Oregon.