WIldseed Farms is in Johnson City, a popular stop located halfway between two major Texas college towns: University of Texas at Austin (home of the Harry Ransom Center) and Texas Tech University in Lubbock (home of the definitive Barry Lopez archive) ©Author Adventures

About Barry Lopez

Barry Lopez (1945-2020) is known as a writer, photographer, and explorer. He resided in Oregon but delivered numerous lectures and workshops at Texas Tech University (TTU) in Lubbock, Texas, where he co-founded a major in Environment and the Humanities within TTU’s Honors College.

His elegantly written Arctic Dreams brought him international acclaim and won the writer a National Book Award for non-fiction in 1986. It is a prime example of informative and eloquent writing about the Far North.

Lopez contributed an extensive archive of his letters and manuscripts to Texas Tech, where he has been a designated a “Visiting Distinguished Scholar.”

Read more about Barry Lopez and other books he has written here: barrylopez.com.


Barry Lopez has won:

  • American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature
  • Guggenheim, Lannan, and National Science Foundation fellowships
  • Pushcart Prizes in fiction and nonfiction
  • DePaul University’s St. Francis of Assisi Award
  • 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, among others

He also received an honorary doctorate from the University of Alaska. Read more here: https://authoradventures.org/trails/by-state/alaska/lopez-barry.

More About Lubbock

Lubbock is known as a college prairie town with approximately 250,000 residents. Read more about this historic west Texas city at https://www.visitlubbock.org. A visitors’ guide is available here: https://visitlubbock.org/visit/request-a-visitors-guide.

This is the final stop of Texas Author Adventures Trail Part 1.

Patricia Smart