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Gretel Ehrlich    

Travel Writer, Poet, and Essayist, Known for "The Solace of Open Spaces"

Gretel Ehrlich was born on a horse ranch in California and was educated at Bennington College and UCLA film school. She is the author of 13 books including three books of narrative essays, a novel, a memoir, three books of poetry, a biography, a book of ethnology/travel, and a childrens book, among others. They are: THE SOLACE OF OPEN SPACES; DRINKING DRY CLOUDS; HEART MOUNTAIN; ISLANDS, THE UNIVERSE, HOME; A MATCH TO THE HEART; QUESTIONS OF HEAVEN; A BLIZZARD YEAR; JOHN MUIR, a biography; THIS COLD HEAVEN; THE FUTURE OF ICE, and IN THE EMPIRE OF ICE. She has published in Harpers, the Atlantic, the New York Times Magazine, Time, Life, National Geographic Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Aperture, National Geographic Traveler, Architectural Digest, Orion, Shambhala Sun, Tricycle, Antaeus, and Outside, among many others.

Her work has been anthologized in BEST ESSAYS OF THE CENTURY, BEST ESSAYS OF 1988, BEST SPIRITUAL ESSAYS, BEST TRAVEL ESSAYS, THE NATURE READER, NATURE WRITING, and many others. She was a correspondent for NPRs Day to Day and has reported from Kosovo, the Arctic, and Africa. She wrote and recorded a poem cycle in collaboration with the Siobhan Davies Dance Company at the South Bank Theatre in London. She was a founding member of the UKs CAPE FAREWELL artists and climate change project and contributed to Cape Farewells THE SHIP at the British Museum of Natural History in London on issues of climate change.

Ehrlich is the winner of many awards, among them, the 2010 PEN Thoreau Award, a Bellagio Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Award, the Harold B. Vurcell Award for distinguished prose from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts, and two Expedition Council Grants from the National Geographic Society for circumpolar travel in the high Arctic.

Ehrlichs forthcoming book: IN THE EMPIRE OF ICE about indigenous Arctic Peoples around the top of the world in a changing climate will be published in April, 2010. She is at work on a novel.

Ehrlich has spent much of the last 16 years traveling in Greenland and the Arctic. She lives in Wyoming.

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