Profiles

The Kumeyaay poet who’s disrupting nature poetry
The Kumeyaay poet who’s disrupting nature poetry
Tommy Pico merges natural and personal history of the arid West from Brooklyn, New York.
The border as a ‘weaponized’ landscape
The border as a ‘weaponized’ landscape
Border Patrol agent-turned-author Francisco Cantú examines his experiences.
A map of language charted by Navajo philosophy
A map of language charted by Navajo philosophy
Esther Belin is trying to shape a uniquely Navajo way of writing.
 Travels with migrant farmworkers
Travels with migrant farmworkers
A conversation with Seth Holmes about on-the-ground research for his new book.
Ruth Kirk, pioneering guidebook author
Ruth Kirk, pioneering guidebook author
A natural and human histories expert of the West reflects on her work.
A California essayist on American optimism and how landscape shapes our imaginations
Colorado Poet Laureate David Mason's four-year road trip
Colorado Poet Laureate David Mason's four-year road trip
Bringing poetry to an entire state, one county at a time.
The renegade cartographer
The renegade cartographer
Dave Imus challenges the murkiness of modern mapmaking.
What do you know?
Author Percival Everett defies categories and generalizations.
Diné activist protests wastewater-to-snow scheme
Diné activist protests wastewater-to-snow scheme
Fighting for the environment is just part of this Navajo's cultural identity.
Problem-solving in the West
Problem-solving in the West
A conversation with Lucy Moore, one of the Southwest's premier environmental mediators
Great Old Broads for Wilderness laugh and learn
Great Old Broads for Wilderness laugh and learn
The pro-wilderness group teaches elders how to engage in public lands management, while having a great time.
Protecting culture in the ancient Sky City
Protecting culture in the ancient Sky City
Native archaeologist Theresa Pasqual shares how she works to preserve the cultural resources of Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico.
Seattle-based artist paints portraits of a melting world
Seattle-based artist paints portraits of a melting world
Maria Coryell-Martin uses 'expeditionary art' to educate people about climate change.
Inside the orchard: A conversation with novelist Amanda Coplin
Inside the orchard: A conversation with novelist Amanda Coplin
The Portland, Ore., based writer talks about the role of landscape in her writing and her debut novel, The Orchardist.
Already gone: a profile of Native American poet Joy Harjo
Already gone: a profile of Native American poet Joy Harjo
The author of She Had Some Horses and In Mad Love and War discusses her new memoir, Crazy Brave.
Three Nevada fiction writers make their debut
Three Nevada fiction writers make their debut
New authors Tupelo Hassman, Ben Rogers, and Claire Vaye Watkins discuss how Nevada inspired their fiction and the themes of their work.
Existential nomad: A profile of author Ruben Martinez
Existential nomad: A profile of author Ruben Martinez
The author asks questions about life in the desert West -- who belongs there, and what belongs to whom.
The West in my blood: A profile of Eddie Chuculate
The West in my blood: A profile of Eddie Chuculate
The Native American author writes fresh but familiar stories.
Save a chimney, save a swift
Save a chimney, save a swift
As their natural roosts disappeared, Vaux's swifts turned to old, brick chimneys for refuge during long migrations. Those safe havens are disappearing, too. Luckily, the swifts -- and the chimneys -- have found a champion in Larry Schwitters
Afield with a vegan gas man
Afield with a vegan gas man
HCN talks with Eric Sanford of SG Interests about the politics of energy development, split estate, and more.
Environmental warrior Martin Litton is still fighting at 95
Environmental warrior Martin Litton is still fighting at 95
Martin Litton, who has spent his entire life fighting to preserve Western landscapes, is still battling to save California’s giant sequoias.
John Mionczynski: naturalist, accordionist, and Bigfoot expert
John Mionczynski: naturalist, accordionist, and Bigfoot expert
In rural Wyoming, naturalist John Mionczynski plays piano, restores motorcycles, studies wildlife and tracks down evidence for the mysterious creature known as Sasquatch.