Barry Lopez


Living, Learning, Writing: Oregon's Barry Lopez Remembered

Barry Lopez learned a lot--and wrote a lot--about the planet and its people in his 75 years. And even in his final autumn, Earth delivered some new and exciting changes: the September fires destroyed much of the forest around Lopez's home in the McKenzie River country. He and his house survived, but Lopez died of cancer on Christmas Day, after piling up the books and essays and the awards for them.
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Barry Lopez: ‘We Don’t Need the Writer. What We Need is the Story, Because This Keeps Us Alive’

Welcome to Beyond the Page: The Best of the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference. Over the past 25 years, SVWC has become the gold standard of American literary festivals, bringing together contemporary writing’s brightest stars for their view of the world through a literary lens. Every month, Beyond the Page curates and distills the best talks from the past quarter century at the Writers’ Conference, giving you a front row seat on the kind of knowledge, inspiration, laughter, and meaning that Sun Valley is known for.
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Writers & Artists on the Influence of Barry Lopez

-- "In 2015 Barry and I were invited to do an onstage conversation at the Key West Literary Seminars. We loved the idea of it but hated the given title, and ended up talking on the phone for most of an hour, trying to arrive at a word that felt home-language to us each. The suggested word, spiritual, we felt utterly threadbare. Barry's preference was reverence, a quality that ran deep in his life and words. But mine was not. We arrived, at last, at numinous. A word whose linguistic root is the act of nodding, a physical, embodied yes. What his life was." So begins poet, Jane Hirshfield's tribute to Barry Lopez. What follows is a compilation of moving messages from Pico Iyer, Margaret Atwood, Sharon Olds and several other luminaries, that shed light on a remarkable human being and his legacy. (
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The Exemplary Life of Barry Lopez

John Mitchinson returns with his reflections on the final book of the late great American author and what it reveals about the demands on humans to evolve ethically in order to meet the many challenges on the horizon. EmailTwitterFacebook. On Christmas Day 2020, the American writer Barry Lopez died from...

Remembering Nature Writer Barry Lopez

We remember the award-winning writer Barry Lopez, who wrote evocatively about nature, and in turn shed light on truths about the human experience. He died Christmas day at the age of 75. Lopez lived among the Arctic's Inuit people for five years, and raised a wolf pup for his book about the relationship between wolves and men.
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Remembering My Friend Barry Lopez

I have a friend who for many years wrote obituaries in the New York Times. He became very good at it, but it is an art I hope to never master. The breadth and depth of extraordinary lives—most everybody’s full life—at first seems overwhelming but then must be stewed down into a list of finite achievements, necessary but necessarily shallow.
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Appreciation: What writers learned from Barry Lopez while moon-gazing at a Dairy Queen

If you buy books linked on our site, The Times may earn a commission from, whose fees support independent bookstores. “We are pattern makers,” Barry Lopez said, “and if our patterns are beautiful and full of grace, they will be able to bring a person for whom the world has become broken and disorganized up off his knees and back to life.”

Barry Lopez, lyrical writer who was likened to Thoreau, dies at 75

Author Barry Lopez in Point Reyes, Calif., March 8, 2008. Lopez, a lyrical writer who steeped himself in Arctic wildernesses, the habitats of wolves and exotic landscapes around the world for award-winning books that explored the kinship of nature and human culture, died on Friday at his home in Eugene, Ore. He was 75. Peter DaSilva/The New York Times.