McNamee, Gregory 1957-

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McNAMEE, Gregory 1957-

PERSONAL: Born April 12, 1957, in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany. Education: University of Arizona, B.A., 1978, M.A., 1980.

ADDRESSES: Home—3380 E. River Rd., Tucson, AZ 85718. E-mail[email protected].

CAREER: Journalist, essayist, poet, fiction writer, and editor. Hollywood Reporter, literary critic. Encyclopedia Britannica, consultant.

MEMBER: PEN, American Literary Translators Association.


(Translator) Philoktetes/Sophokles, Copper Canyon Press (Port Townsend, WA), 1986.

Inconstant History (poetry), Broken Moon Press (Seattle, WA), 1990.

Return of Richard Nixon and Other Essays, Harbinger House (Tucson, AZ), 1990.

Christ on the Mount of Olives and Other Stories, Broken Moon Press (Seattle, WA), 1991.

Gila: The Life and Death of an American River, Orion Books (New York, NY), 1994.

A Desert Bestiary: Folklore, Literature, and Ecological Thought from the World's Dry Places, illustrations by Marjorie C. Leggitt, Johnson Books (Boulder, CO), 1996.

Blue Mountains Far Away: Journeys Into the American Wilderness, Lyons Press (New York, NY), 2000.

In the Presence of Wolves, photographs and illustrations by Art Wolfe, Crown (New York, NY), 2003.

Grand Canyon Place Names, Johnson Books (Boulder, CO), 2004.


(With James Hepworth) Resist Much, Obey Little: Some Notes on Edward Abbey, Dream Garden Press (Salt Lake City, UT), 1985.

Living in Words: Interviews from The Bloomsbury Review, 1981–1988, Breitenbush Books (Portland, OR), 1988.

The Sierra Club Desert Reader: A Literary Companion, Sierra Club Books (San Francisco, CA), 1995.

(With Luis Alberto Urrea) A World of Turtles: A Literary Celebration, Johnson Books (Boulder, CO), 1997.

The Mountain World: A Literary Journey, Sierra Club Books (San Francisco, CA), 2000.

The Serpent's Tale: Snakes in Folklore and Literature, University of Georgia Press (Athens, GA), 2000.

Contributor to newspapers and magazines, including Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Outside, Backpacker, Sierra, Utne Reader, Arizona Highways, Modern Maturity, Science, and Nation. Also contributor of essays to books, including Open Range and Parking Lots, University of New Mexico Press (Albuquerque, NM), 1999; and American Byzantium, University of New Mexico Press, 2001. Contributing editor, Kirkus Reviews and Bloomsbury Review.

SIDELIGHTS: Gregory McNamee told CA: "I am haunted by the possibilities of resurrection, of bringing again to life what we have destroyed—the Library of Alexandria (and Borges' Library of Babel), the Gila River, the Aral Sea, thousands of lost species, languages, peoples. I work in the hope of contributing to that resurrection, as much as I can."



Gregory McNamee Home Page, (June 25, 2005).

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