Kathryn Wilder has spent her life in California, Hawai`i, and the American Southwest, on horseback, paddling outrigger canoes, running rivers, and writing. Her essays have been listed as notable in The Best American Essays, and have appeared in such publications as High Desert Journal, River Teeth, Midway Journal, Fourth Genre, Sierra, many Hawai`i magazines, and more than a dozen anthologies. She was a Spur Storyteller Award finalist for Forbidden Talent, a children’s picture book written with Navajo artist Redwing T. Nez, and has received Pushcart Prize, Western Heritage Award, and Hawai`i’s Elliot Cades Award nominations. A 2016 winter Artist-in-Residence at Denali National Park and Preserve, she was also a finalist for the 2016 and 2019 Ellen Meloy Fund Desert Writers Award, and 2018 finalist for the Waterston Desert Writing Prize. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, where she studied with Linda Hogan, Chip Livingston, and Lidia Yuknavitch.
Wilder lives among mustangs in southwestern Colorado. Her memoir, Desert Chrome: Water, a Woman, and Wild Horses in the West, is being published by Torrey House Press and will be on the shelves in March of 2021.