Barry Lopez is a well-known and highly respected author, essayist, and short story writer. His writing has often been compared to Henry David Thoreau. In 1986 he won the National Book Award for his nonfiction book “Arctic Dreams,” and was a finalist for the award in 1980 for “Of Wolves and Men.”
In 2003, Lopez became Texas Tech’s first Distinguished Visiting University Scholar. He visits campus twice a year, in the spring and in the fall.
In 2001, Tech acquired Lopez's manuscripts, notebooks, field journals, professional correspondence, and other archival materials and with them founded the James E. Sowell Family Collection in Literature, Community, and the Natural World in the university’s Southwest Collections/ Special Collections Library.
Lopez’s nonfiction works often examines the relationship between human culture and physical landscape. His fiction writings take on issues of intimacy, ethics, and identity.
He spends most of his time writing and traveling around the world, meeting with scholars, fellow writers and political figures. He lives in rural Western Oregon.
Lopez is a contributing writer to many publications, including The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s and National Geographic.
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