Barry Lopez in Seattle, April 7

North Cascades Institute is delighted to be welcoming Barry Lopez to Seattle on Wednesday, April 7, and we hope you’ll join us for a one-of-a-kind presentation Barry is calling “Speak, Landscape.” Here’s the skinny on our annual literary event in Seattle next week:

Seattle Arts & Lectures and North Cascades Institute present An Evening with Barry Lopez
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Benaroya Hall, Seattle

Join Seattle Arts & Lectures and North Cascades Institute in welcoming Barry Lopez for a special engagement at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. Lopez, a long-time Pacific Northwesterner and recipient of numerous awards, prizes and fellowships for his fiction and nonfiction writing, will discuss his recent groundbreaking work, “Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape.”
Tickets ($10-50) are available at or (206) 621-2230
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. Lopez deftly integrates environmental and humanitarian concerns in both forms. Best known for Arctic Dreams, a National Book Award winner, Lopez’ books includes Of Wolves and Men, Winter Count, About This Life, Resistance, Crow and Weasel, Desert Notes, The Rediscovery of North America and Aplogia. His writing have appeared in Orion, Harper’s, Granta, Outside, National Geographic, The Georgia Review and The Sun. His work has been widely anthologized and translated into thirteen languages.
Most recently, Lopez has co-edited Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape, a landmark work of language, geography, and folklore.
Lopez is a recipient of the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the John Hay, John Burroughs and Christopher Medals, Guggenheim, Lannan, and National Science Foundation fellowships, Pushcart Prizes and other honors. Last year, he received the C.E.S. Wood Distinguished Writer Award, given to an “Oregon author in recognition of an enduring, substantial literary career,” joining the company of Ken Kesey and Ursula Le Guin. Lopez travels widely and has collaborated with a number of artists on a variety of projects in theater, music, and the fine arts.
Lopez lives on the McKenzie River in the Cascade range east of Eugene, Oregon.

Here is a pdf of an essay Barry published last year entitled “An Intimate Geography” to give you a taste of his thought and prose, and here is an essay he published in National Geographic on permafrost.
Photo by David Liittschwager


  1. Daniel

    Barry Lopez is a truly inspirational figure. I still cannot get over the creative genius of his early fictional essays (Desert Notes/River Notes, Winter Count) or his nonfiction work (Arctic Dreams, Of Wolves and Men). Too bad he lives on the wrong side of the Cascades. I highly recommend his work and words to anyone in proximity to this talk!

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