C U R R I C U L U M    V I T A E



Doctor of Humane Letters, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Bachelor of Arts, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Colorado Secondary Teaching Certificate





President, World Craniofacial Foundation, 2017-2021

Principal, Say Yes Quickly Productions, 2001-present

Principal, Sandstone Studio, 1979-2000

Visiting Assistant Professor of English, Colorado College, 1985-2004

Contributing Editor, 5280 Magazine, 2003-2006

Contributing Editor, Rocky Mountain Magazine, 1980-1983

Managing Editor, Telluride Times, Telluride, Colorado, 1978-1979

Reporter, Telluride Times, Telluride, Colorado, 1975-1978





Touch, a documentary film, director, producer, commissioned by the John E. Upledger Institute


Beautiful Faces, a documentary film, director, producer and writer; produced in association with the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights; winner of the Humanitarian Outstanding Achievement Award from the Accolade Global Film Awards; winner of the Silver Palm Award of the Mexico International Film Festival.


Two Spirits, a documentary film, producer and co-writer; recipient of the Monette-Horwitz Distinguished Achievement Award; broadcast on the PBS series “Independent Lens” and winner the 2010-2011 season's Audience Award.





The Sorrow of Archaeology, a novel, University of New Mexico Press


Picasso’s War: The Destruction of Guernica and the Masterpiece That Changed the World, Dutton, six international editions


Beethoven’s Hair: An Extraordinary Historical Odyssey and a Scientific Mystery Solved,

Broadway Books, nineteen international editions


Out of Silence: A Journey into Language, Henry Holt & Company


New Writers of the Purple Sage, Collected and With an Introduction by Russell Martin, editor, Penguin


A Story That Stands Like A Dam: Glen Canyon and the Struggle for the Soul of the West, Henry Holt & Company


Beautiful Islands, a novel, Linden Press/Simon & Schuster


The Color Orange: A Super Bowl Season with The Denver Broncos, Henry Holt & Company


Matters Gray and White: A Neurologist, His Patients, and the Mysteries of the Brain, Henry Holt & Company


Writers of the Purple Sage: An Anthology of Recent Western Writing, co-editor, Penguin


Entering Space, co-author with Joseph P. Allen, Stewart, Tabori & Chang


Cowboy: The Enduring Myth of the Wild West, Stewart, Tabori & Chang






A Green River Reader, edited by Alan Blackstock, University of Utah Press


The Glen Canyon Reader, edited by Mathew Barrett Gross, University of Arizona Press


Where Past Meets Present: Modern Colorado Short Stories, edited by James B. Hemesath, University Press of Colorado


Higher Elevations: Stories from the West, edited by Alexander Blackburn and C. Kenneth Pellow, Swallow Press





“Holding Up A Savaged Mirror,” The Liberal

“Fire on the Plain,” 5280 Magazine

“Driving My Father Home,” 5280 Magazine

“Cities Under Siege,” New Statesman

“Die Locke Des Meisters,” Der Spiegel Reporter

“The Optical Aleutian,” American History

“Stepping into The World,” New York Times

“Space Inc.,” Science Digest

“Knocking on Heaven’s Gate: An Astronaut Describes Life in Space,” with Joseph P. Allen, Time

“Diary of a Shuttle Launch: An Astronaut’s View,” with Joseph P. Allen, Science Digest

“Let Me Buy You a Drink, My Good Friend: The Myth and the Reality of Indian Alcoholism,” Rocky Mountain Magazine

“Anasazi: Boom and Collapse in American Prehistory,” High Country News

“Writers of the Purple Sage,” New York Times Magazine

 “The River That Runs the West: The Mighty Colorado,” Rocky Mountain Magazine

“The Great Western Shale Game,” Rocky Mountain Magazine

“Illegal Immigration: Looking the Other Way,” Rocky Mountain Magazine

“Be It Ever So Mobile, There’s No Place Like Home,” Rocky Mountain Magazine





Colorado Book Award, nonfiction jury

Barnes & Noble Discover Award, nonfiction jury

PEN Center USA West Journalism Award, jury





Colorado Book Award, Beethoven’s Hair

Book of the Year, Beethoven’s Hair, Washington Post Book World

Doctor of Humane Letters, Colorado College

CoVisions Fellowship, Colorado Council on the Arts

Notable Book of 1995, American Library Association, Out of Silence

Fifteen Best Books of the Past 15 Years, Bloomsbury Review, Out of Silence

Caroline Bancroft History Prize, A Story That Stands Like A Dam

Finalist, Spur Award, Best Nonfiction Book of 1990, Western Writers of America,

     A Story That Stands Like A Dam

“Book Plate,” Friends of the Denver Public Library, dinner honoring twenty Colorado authors

“Cliff Dwellers,” short story, optioned for film by the Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Official Book of the United States Pavilion, Expo ‘86, Vancouver, B.C., Canada,

     Entering Space

Thomas Watson Foundation Fellowship, independent international work in creative writing

Colorado College English Department Commendation,  Piecing, a collection of short stories

Dean’s List at Graduation, Colorado College

First Prize, Prose Fiction, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Student Writers’ Forum

Ford Foundation Venture Grant for Piecing, a collection of short stories

Honors-at-Entrance, Colorado College





Visiting Assistant Professor of English, The Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Desert Writers’ Workshop, Canyonlands Field Institute, Moab, Utah

Writers@Work, Salt Lake City, Utah

Tumblewords, Colorado Council on the Arts, numerous Colorado cities

Visiting Scholar, Colorado Rocky Mountain School, Carbondale, Colorado

Southern Utah University Creative Writing Conference, Cedar City, Utah

“Art and Literature of the American Southwest,” Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, Cortez,     theColorado

Artspeak, Wyoming Council on the Arts, Gillette, Wyoming

“Writers of the Range,” Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado

Steamboat Writers’ Conference, Steamboat Springs, Colorado





American Society of Journalists and Authors

The Authors Guild

PEN American Center

PEN Center USA West





Professional website

Online résumé

Portfolio, excerpts from projects

LinkedIn page

Ghostwriting website

Articles at Substack

Beautiful Faces film website

Two Spirits film website





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