Gretel Ehrlich

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Gretel Ehrlich
Born (1946-01-21) January 21, 1946 (age 76)
Santa Barbara, California, U.S.
GenreNon fiction
Notable worksThis Cold Heaven
Notable awardsWhiting Award
Henry David Thoreau Prize[1]
PartnerNeal Conan (2014 to his death)

Gretel Ehrlich is an American travel writer, poet and essayist.


Born in 1946 in Santa Barbara, California,[2] she studied at Bennington College and UCLA film school. She began to write full-time in 1978 while living on a Wyoming ranch after the death of a loved one. Ehrlich debuted in 1985 with The Solace of Open Spaces, a collection of essays on rural life in Wyoming. Her first novel was also set in Wyoming, entitled Heart Mountain (1988), about a community being invaded by an internment camp for Japanese Americans.

One of Ehrlich's best-received books is a volume of creative nonfiction essays called Islands, The Universe, Home. Her characteristic style of merging intense, vivid, factual observations of nature with a wryly mystical personal voice is evident in this work. Other books include This Cold Heaven: Seven Seasons in Greenland and two volumes of poetry.

In 1991 Ehrlich was hit by lightning and was incapacitated for several years. She wrote a book about the experience, A Match to the Heart, which was published in 1994. Since 1993, she has traveled extensively, especially through Greenland[3] and western China.

Her work is frequently anthologised, including The Nature Reader. She has also received many grants. In 1991, she collaborated with British choreographer Siobhan Davies, writing and recording a poem cycle for a ballet that opened in the Southbank Centre in London.[4][5][6]

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • To Touch the Water, Ahsahta Press, 1981, ISBN 978-0-916272-16-6
  • The Solace of Open Spaces, Viking Press, 1985, ISBN 978-0-670-80678-2
  • Heart Mountain, Viking Press, 1988, ISBN 978-0-670-82160-0
  • Drinking Dry Clouds: Stories from Wyoming, Capra Press, 1991, ISBN 978-0-88496-315-8
  • Islands, the Universe, Home, Viking Press, 1991, ISBN 978-0-670-82161-7
  • Arctic Heart: A Poem Cycle, Capra Press, 1992, ISBN 978-0-88496-357-8
  • A Match to the Heart: One Woman's Story of Being Struck by Lightning, Pantheon Books, 1994, ISBN 978-0-679-42550-2
  • John Muir: Nature's Visionary, National Geographic Society, 2000, ISBN 978-0-7922-7954-9
  • This Cold Heaven: Seven Seasons in Greenland, Pantheon Books, 2001, ISBN 978-0-679-44200-4
  • The Future of Ice: A Journey Into Cold, Pantheon Books, 2004, ISBN 978-0-375-42251-5
  • In the Empire of Ice: Encounters in a Changing Landscape, National Geographic Society, 2010, ISBN 978-1-4262-0574-3
  • Facing the Wave: A Journey in the Wake of the Tsunami, Pantheon, 2013, ISBN 978-0-307-90731-8
  • ”Unsolaced: Among the Way to All That Is”, Pantheon, 2021 ISBN 978-0-307-91179-7


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