Chellis Glendinning

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Chellis Glendinning
Born 1947, Cleveland Ohio
Alma mater University of California, Berkeley
Columbia Pacific University

Chellis Glendinning is a North American author of creative nonfiction, radio producer,[1] licensed psychotherapist (now in retirement),[2] and social-change activist. She is noted as a pioneer in the field of ecopsychology,[3] a proponent of bioregional land-based culture, and a critic of technological society having worked with such contemporaries as Jerry Mander, Vandana Shiva, Stephanie Mills, and Kirkpatrick Sale.[4]

The inspiration for Glendinning´s literary explorations originally sprang from the work of U.S. scholar Lewis Mumford. Independent of both affiliation and insight, he provided an early systemic analysis of contemporary society. Glendinning´s writing has also been shaped by the themes of feminist literature in the 1970s, in particular, by the creative juxtapositions made possible by the insight that “The Personal Is Political.”

Her relations, some would claim noteworthy, include Thomas Hooker, founder of the colony of Connecticut; Dr. Frank E. Bunts, founder of the Cleveland Clinic; and the civil rights activist, her mother Mary Hooker Glendinning.[5]


She has written seven books, as well as hundreds of essays for journals, magazines, and newspapers including Orion, CounterPunch, ColdType, Race, Poverty and the Environment, and Guernica in North America. In Bolivia she writes for Le Monde Diplomatique [6] Los Tiempos and [7] or [8] Nueva Crónica. [9]

She was also featured in the 2007 documentary What a Way to Go: Life at the End of Empire.

In 2007 Glendinning’s bilingual folk opera De Un Lado Al Otro, was presented at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, directed by Robert Castro with music composed and provided by Cipriano Vigil.[10]

Glendinning graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in social sciences in 1969,[11] at which time she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa (Alpha of California Chapter).[12] She received her Ph.D. in psychology from Columbia Pacific University in 1984.[13]

Her Off the Map won the 2000 National Federation of Press Women Book Award in general nonfiction, and Chiva was honored with the same award in 2006. In 1989 she received the New Mexico Humanities Council First Times Award for Short Story Writing,[14] and was named Best Local Writer by the Río Grande Sun of Española, New Mexico in 2000 and 2003.[15]

In 1997 Glendinning won the Río Arriba County Zero Injustice Award for her “courageous stand in support of the customs, culture, and traditions of the Native American and Indo-Hispano people of northern New Mexico."[16]

And in 2009 her four-part radio series, "El Rinconcito en el Cielo" aired on KUNM-FM and in 2010 received both the New Mexico Broadcasters' Association Award for Documentary Feature" [17] and Second Place for Prepared Radio Report in the New Mexico Press Women Communications Awards. [18]

Her papers are housed in the Labadie Collection of the University of Michigan.[19]



    • Winner of the New Mexico Press Women 2000 Communications Award for general nonfiction.
    • Winner of the National Federation of Press Women 2000 Book Award for general nonfiction.
  • (a book in the form of a blog). Bolgspot, 2012.[21]
  • HYPER; An Electromagnetic Chapbook. Sucre, Bolivia: AGB Press, 2014. [22]
  • A Map: From the Old Connecticut Path to the Rio Grande Valley and All the Meaning In between. Great Barrington MA: E.F. Schumacher Society, 1999.
  • When Technology Wounds. New York: William Morrow, 1990.
  • Waking Up in the Nuclear Age. William Morrow, 1987.
Anti-War Demonstration, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2003.

Selected essays[edit]

  • "Una imaginación radical, una consciencia inquieta", Le Monde Diplomatique, marzo 2014; and " A radical imagination: Dilemmas and Delights while Reading Para una filosofía de la insubordinación" CounterPunch, December 11, 2014.
  • "The Value of Our Social Movements," CounterPunch, November 8–11, 2013.
  • "Revistas Arapientas," Los Tiempos, 5 de marzo 2013; and " Tattered Magazines," CounterPunch, March 7–9, 2013.
  • "Confessions of an Obituary Aficionada, " Wild Culture, January 29, 2013.
  • " What's Going to Last: Interview with Juan Claudio Lechin, " Guernica June 1, 2012.
  • "Cuestionando la Tecnología: Si al Alambre de Fardo y No a las Torres de Microondas" in Amadeo Lascár y Jesús Sepúlveda, eds., Rebeldes y Terrestres: Propuestas de Cambio y Subversión. Santiago de Chile: Mosquito Comunicaciones, 2008.
  • "Cheering for Morgan Stanley," [2], CounterPunch, November 18, 2008.
  • "Technofascismo: Los Mecanismos del Totalitarianismo Inverso," Rebelión, translated by Germán Leyens, June 20, 2008.
  • "Techno-Fascism: Every Move You Make," [3] CounterPunch, June 19, 2008.
  • "Technology, Trauma, and the Wild." In Ecopsychology: Restoring the Earth, Healing the Mind. edited by T. Roszak, et al., 41–54. San Francisco. Sierra Club Books, 1995 [4]; "La Tecnología, El Trauma, y Lo Salvaje," PanNatura. Quito de Ecuador: Fundación Sangay, 2006.
  • “Fear and Loathing in Los Alamos: On the Lam from the Cerro Grande Fire,” Orion, Winter 2001.
  • "The Conversation We Haven’t Had: Trauma, Technology, and the Wild" in Michael Shuman and Julia Sweig, eds., Technology for the Common Good. Washington DC: Institute for Policy Studies Books, 1993.
  • "Men/Women, War/Peace: A Systems Approach" (with Ofer Zur) in Mark Macy, ed., Solutions for a Troubled World. Boulder CO: Earthview Press, 1987.
Totorkawa, Bolivia, 2007.


  1. ^ Mexico-part-3; and
  2. ^ Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor/Licensed Mental Health Counselor #1946, State of New Mexico, USA. Issue date: July 31, 1994.
  3. ^ Theodore Roszak, Mary E. Gomes, and Allen D. Kanner, eds., Ecopsychology: Restoring the Earth, Healing the Mind. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 1995, pp. 44-54, 336; JayWalljasper and Jon Spade, eds., Visionaries: People and Ideas to Change Your Life. Gabriola Island CAN: New Society Publishers, 2001, pp. 260-263; and John Mongillo and Bibi Booth, eds., Environmental Activists. Westport CT: Greenwood Press, 2001, pp. 110-114.
  4. ^ Stephanie Mills, ed., Turning Away from Technology. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 1997, p. xxviii; and Z. Pascal Zachary, “Not So Fast,” Wall Street Journal, June 26, 1997.
  5. ^ Simon Sacket's Ancestors and Descendents
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  10. ^ Performing Arts / Books: September 12-18
  11. ^ University of California Berkeley, Class of 1969; and Mongillo and Booth, pp. 110-114
  12. ^ Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha of California, 1969; and Mongillo and Booth, pp. 110-114.
  13. ^ Columbia Pacific University, San Rafael CA, Class of 1984;
  14. ^ Laura Buelow, Chellis Glendinning and Marjorie Moore, First Times in New Mexico. Albuquerque New Mexico: Educational Foundations, Special Projects, University of New Mexico, 1990
  15. ^ “Readers Choice 2000”/”Best Local Writer,” Río Grande Sun, August 2000; and “Readers Choice 2003”/”Glendinning Top Writer,” Río Grande Sun, 24 July 2003.
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  19. ^ Accession Form #08-L13, University of Michigan/Special Collections Library. Date of Accession: 21 August 2008. Collection Name: Glendinning, Chellis, Papers. Processor: Will Lovick, 16 September 2008;
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