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Kathryn Wilder

Kathryn Wilder

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.

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  1. Hi Kathryn,

    I am a photographer and a professor of environmental sociology at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. l live in Palmer Lake, Colorado and nearly monthly come to take photographs of the wild horses and their sacred lands just outside of San Luis, Colorado. I wondered if you might be willing to teach me some of the history of the herds there and their present despairs in terms of BLM management and various other ways in which the heard is vulnerable. I want the education mostly for myself and to accompany some of my photographs when they are exhibited.

    Mostly, I care deeply for these animals. My time with them over the last few years has been integral to my own personal healing processes after years of abuse in various ways. It is hard to explain, but my love for them is multi layered. If you have some time and can help me in my understanding of them, I would very much appreciate that.

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