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Barry Lopez, Prize-winning Nature Writer

Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez (1945-2020) won a National Book Award for non-fiction in 1986 and is a great example of informative and eloquent writing about the Far North. He was known as a sensitive writer, expert photographer, and relentless explorer. Read more about Barry Lopez and other books he has written here: According to this website:

“Mr. Lopez is a recipient of the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the John Hay Medal, Guggenheim, Lannan, and National Science Foundation fellowships, Pushcart Prizes in fiction and nonfiction, the St. Francis of Assisi Award from DePaul University, the Denise Levertov Award from Image magazine, and honors from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Association of American Geographers, the New York Public Library, the Nature Conservancy, and the American Society of Magazine Editors. In 2002 he was elected a Fellow of The Explorers Club.”

The University of Alaska at Anchorage

The University of Alaska at Anchorage awarded Lopez its Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters (2012) for his careful depiction of the Alaska environment and the Far North beyond. Visit its website at and consider a campus visit.

Barry Lopez and George T. Harper

An extensive archive of Barry Lopez’s works is located at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, where he was designated a “visiting scholar.” Read about it here: The University of Alaska is also home to the archives of George T. Harper (1930-2004), who wrote a one-man show entitled The Two Headed Turtle, created Blacks in America exhibits, and conducted extensive research to trace his roots back to 1803. Read about the collection here:

More About Anchorage

Anchorage has grown to approximately 300,000 residents. A great place to find more information about the history of Alaska, complete with personal testimonies and vintage photos, can be found here:

The University of Alaska at Anchorage is the first stop on our Alaska Author Adventures Trail.

Patricia Smart