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.
The man beneath the hat: Ken Salazar’s search for middle ground
The man beneath the hat: Ken Salazar’s search for middle ground
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, a twelfth-generation Latino-American, works politely and quietly but stubbornly to protect the West’s environment in polarized times.
Hersh Saunders' transformation from prosthodontist to kosher slaughterer
Hersh Saunders' transformation from prosthodontist to kosher slaughterer
Frustrated by the difficulty of finding kosher meat from humanely raised animals, Rabbi Hersh Saunders began raising livestock and learned to butcher in the ritual way as a shochet.
Daniel Marlos shares his knowledge and love of the insect world
Daniel Marlos shares his knowledge and love of the insect world
In Los Angeles, self-trained entomologist Daniel Marlos helps others learn about the crawly things he loves through his website: What's That Bug?
A part of something old: writer Kim Stafford's storied places
A part of something old: writer Kim Stafford's storied places
Oregon writer Kim Stafford looks for "scattered Edens" in contemporary Western life.
Cody Cortez: A faux-file of the West's most mysterious writer
Cody Cortez: A faux-file of the West's most mysterious writer
Buddhist cowboy poet Cody Cortez is so elusive it's almost as if he doesn't really exist.
Don't tell her she can't: a profile of author Mary Clearman Blew
Don't tell her she can't: a profile of author Mary Clearman Blew
Mary Clearman Blew struck out on her own, leaving rural Montana and a life as a housewife to become a professor and writer.
The turn of the wheel: the many lives of writer H. Lee Barnes
The turn of the wheel: the many lives of writer H. Lee Barnes
Nevada writer H. Lee Barnes brings his experiences as a soldier, cop and casino dealer to his gritty short stories and nonfiction.
Montana's top gun-rights advocate has a national impact
Montana's top gun-rights advocate has a national impact
Gary Marbut's case for state rights in gun regulations is spreading from Montana to the rest of the country.
Richard Reynolds, raptor man
Richard Reynolds, raptor man
The biologist has spent 21 years counting goshawks and other raptors in Arizona's Kaibab National Forest.
Profile: Corey Shott, National Wildlife Federation
Profile: Corey Shott, National Wildlife Federation
Corey Shott still misses the mountains, but has made politics her career.
Profile: Rodger Schlickeisen, Defenders of Wildlife
Profile: Rodger Schlickeisen, Defenders of Wildlife
Rodger Schlickeisen has a long history of fighting for the West.
Profile: Bethany Cotton, Center for Biological Diversity
Profile: Bethany Cotton, Center for Biological Diversity
Bethany Cotton loves working for the environment, but misses life out West.
Jeff Rice collects nature's noises
Jeff Rice collects nature's noises
Jeff Rice records the natural sounds of the West.
A divine business
A divine business
In Bozeman, Mont., 78-year-old Vern Bandy says he finds water using the legendary art of dowsing.
The windhover
The windhover
Biologist Travis Booms tracks Alaska's elusive gyrfalcons.
'The last word is action'
'The last word is action'
Colorado clean-energy activist Leslie Glustrom sees the eventual decline of coal production as a possible ally.
"Curious about the human condition"
"Curious about the human condition"
A conversation with Western writer Philip Fradkin.
What was and what is
What was and what is
In Anchorage, Alaska, Inupiaq poet Joan Kane dreams of the uninhabited island where her ancestors lived.
Daniel Orozco is out of the office
Daniel Orozco is out of the office
In Moscow, Idaho, Daniel Orozco writes darkly funny short stories that flirt with the macabre.
Road warrior
Road warrior
Ted Conover talks about roads in life and writing.