Craig Childs is a writer who focuses on natural sciences, archaeology, and remarkable journeys into the wilderness. He has published more than a dozen critically acclaimed books on nature, science, and adventure. He is a commentator for National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Men’s Journal, Outside, Orion, The Sun, and High Country News. Craig’s subjects range from pre-Columbian archaeology to US border issues to the last free-flowing rivers of Tibet and Patagonia. The expeditions Craig undertakes often last weeks or months, informing his writing with a hard-earned sense of landscape and culture. The New York Times says, “Childs’s feats of asceticism are nothing if not awe inspiring: he’s a modern-day desert father.” He has been called a born storyteller by the New York Sun, and the LA Times says his writing is like pure oxygen, and “stings like a slap in the face.” He has won several key awards including the 2009 Ellen Meloy Desert Writers Award, 2008 Rowell Art of Adventure Award, the 2007 Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award and the 2003 Spirit of the West Award for his body of work, an honor he shares with Wallace Stegner, Terry Tempest Williams and N. Scott Momaday. Childs is an Arizona native, and grew up back and forth between there and Colorado. Childs lives off the grid with his wife and two young sons at the foot of the West Elk Mountains in Colorado.
Craig’s class gave me community and camaraderie and inspiration!
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