Acclaimed Author William DeBuys to Present Free Reading, Reception at UM

March 27, 2015

MISSOULA – Award-winning author and conservationist William deBuys will deliver a nonfiction reading at 7 p.m. Friday, April 10, in the Turner Hall Dell Brown Room at the University of Montana. The reading, which is free and open to the public, will conclude the UM Creative Writing Program’s spring Visiting Writer Series.

DeBuys is the author of eight books, including “River of Traps” which was selected as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; “The Walk,” an excerpt of which won a Pushcart Prize; “A Great Aridness: Climate Change and the Future of the American Southwest,” winner of the Weber-Clements Prize; and “The Last Unicorn: A Search for One of Earth’s Rarest Creatures.” DeBuys’ shorter work has appeared in Orion Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, Story Magazine, High Country News and other journals.

DeBuys is currently in residence at UM as the Kittredge Distinguished Visiting Writer in Environmental Studies.

“William deBuys is an accomplished writer of national stature, and the Environmental Studies Program is very pleased he is here,” UM Environmental Studies Program Director Phil Condon said. “His research and narratives on subjects of place, climate change, extinction and more are exciting to environmental studies graduate students, and the opportunity to work with him directly on their own writing projects will enhance their craft and skills greatly.”

DeBuys earned a master’s and doctorate degree in American civilization from the University of Texas at Austin. He was named a Lyndhurst Fellow in 1986, a Carl and Florence King Fellow at Southern Methodist University in 1999 and a Guggenheim Fellow in 2008. He lives and writes on a small farm in El Valle, New Mexico.                

The reading is sponsored by the UM Creative Writing Program, Environmental Studies Program and the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center. For more information call Creative Writing Program Coordinator Karin Schalm at 406-243-5267, email or visit


Contact: Karin Schalm, UM Creative Writing Program coordinator, 406-243-5267,