Barry Lopez is an essayist, author, short-story writer, and world traveler. He is the author of many books, and the recipient of several prestigious awards and medals including the National Book Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, National Science Foundation Fellowships and his work often appears in periodicals, anthologies, and well-known publications such as National Geographic, Harpers, and Orion. He often writes about the relationship between the physical landscape and human culture and has been a full-time writer since receiving a graduate degree from the University of Notre Dame. At Texas Tech University, he worked with the eminent scientist E.O. Wilson to create an innovative dual science/arts degree, and the school also houses the Lopez archive of work. He regularly collaborates with diverse community of artists including playwrights, painters, musicians, sculptors, and photographers. In 2004 he was elected a Fellow of The Explorers Club.