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Wallace Stegner & the Shaping of Environmental Consciousness in the West

Moderated by David L. Ulin, book editor, L.A. Times
Co-presented with Heyday Books
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Episode Summary
A distinguished panel explores the legacy of one of the West's most influential writers, who fought for protection of the region's delicate environment as well as recognition of a Western regional base and influenced generations of environmental writers.

Participant(s) Bio
Page Stegner was born in Salt Lake City in 1937. He attended Stanford University, where he received his B.A. in history and his Ph.D. in American literature. From 1967 to 1995 he was a professor of American literature and director of the creative writing program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. A prolific author and editor, he recently published The Collected Letters of Wallace Stegner.

Tom Curwen is staff writer and editor at the Los Angeles Times. He was editor of the Outdoors section, a writer for the features section and deputy editor of the Book Review. He has been honored by the American Association of Sunday and Features Editors for three pieces he did for Outdoors on caving with nature writer Barbara Hurd, on Alaskan bush pilots and the annual migration of sand hill cranes to the Bosque del Apache. He has a master's degree in Creative Writing from USC and was a recipient of a 1991 Academy of American Poets prize. In 2002, he received a Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for mental health journalism.

David L. Ulin is book editor of the Los Angeles Times. He is the author of The Myth of Solid Ground: Earthquakes, Prediction, and the Fault Line Between Reason and Faith, and the editor of Another City: Writing from Los Angeles and Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology, which won a California Book Award. He has written for The Atlantic Monthly, The Nation, The New York Times Book Review, LA Weekly, Los Angeles, and National Public Radio's "All Things Considered."

Jenny Price is a writer whose work focuses on L.A. environment. Author of Flight Maps: Adventures with Nature in Modern America, she has published in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Washington Post, L.A. Weekly, Audubon, Believer, and GOOD, and is a regular contributor to the "Native Intelligence" column on LA Observed. She has written often about the Los Angeles River and gives frequent tours. She has a Ph.D. in history from Yale University, and has been a Research Scholar at the UCLA Center for the Study of Women since 1999. She is currently working on a new book, Thirteen Ways of Seeing Nature in L.A.