About Bruce

Bruce-Berger_2Nonfiction writer and poet Bruce Berger is best known for a series of books exploring the intersections of nature and culture, usually in desert settings. The first of these works, the essay collection The Telling Distance, won the 1990 Western States Book Award and the 1991 Colorado Book Award, and its contents have been widely anthologized. It was followed by There Was A River, whose title piece is a narrative of what may have been the last trip on the Colorado River through Glen Canyon before its inundation by Lake Powell, and by Almost an Island, which recounts three decades of exploration and friendship in Baja California.

Two more books of prose are set in Berger’s adoptive hometown of Aspen, Colorado: The Complete Half-Aspenite, an essay collection that won the 2006 Colorado Authors´ League Award for Narrative Nonfiction, and Aspen Music Festival: The First Fifty Years, a history of the Aspen Music Festival. Texts integrated with photographs include Oasis of Stone: Visions of Baja California Sur, winner of the 2006 ForeWord Silver Award in the Nature category, whose text won the 2006 Colorado Authors’ League Award for Specialty Writing; and Sierra, Sea and Desert: El Vizcaíno. His articles and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Sierra, Orion, Gramophone and numerous literary quarterlies, and for three years he was a contributing editor at American Way, the magazine of American Airlines. He often collaborates on visual projects with the photographer Miguel Ángel de la Cueva, both in print and online.

Berger’s poems have appeared in Poetry, Barron’s, Orion and various literary reviews in the United States, Scotland and India, and have been collected in Facing the Music. A subsequent manuscript has twice been a finalist for the Anthony Hecht Prize. He is a three-time winner of the Colorado Authors’ League Award for Poetry and has been a featured poet in Light.

Bruce Berger grew up in suburban Chicago and graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in English. During graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, wondering what Crater Lake looked like in the snow, he chucked his books down the library chute and left academia. He subsequently played piano professionally for three years in Spain, and more recently has played benefit classical recitals in Mexico.

In October, 2008, Bruce Berger was sent by the Department of State to represent the United States at the Mussoorie International Writer’s Festival in northern India, followed by a week of readings in New Delhi and Mumbai.

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