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About William deBuys

William deBuys, an award-winning environmental historian, nature writer, essayist, and conservationist. His second book, River of Traps: A New Mexico Mountain Life, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and he is a Guggenheim Fellow. He also wrote Salt Dreams: Land and Water in Low-Down California (winner of the Norris Hundley prize from the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association); The Walk (an excerpt of which won the Pushcart Prize); A Great Aridness: Climate Change and the Future of the Southwest (winner of the David J Weber-Clements Prize from the Western History Association); Enchantment and Exploitation: The Life and Hard Times of a New Mexico Mountain Range; and The Last Unicorn: A Search for One of the Earth’s Rarest Creatures, among other books. His forthcoming book is Discovering the Earth: Beauty and Loss in the High Himalaya. He taught Documentary Studies at the College of Santa Fe in the early 2000s, coaching students in crafting nonfiction writing from fieldwork. For more information, see:

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