Old Dominion University
October 8-10, 1991
Novelist, poet, and essayist, Gretel Ehrlich is the Whitman of Wyoming, writing about that vast landscape with the same poetic intensity Whitman used for 19th century America at large. She has published two books of poetry, short story collections, and a book of narrative essays.
Ehrlich, a California native, first went to Wyoming as a documentary filmmaker. She began to write full-time in 1979 and has also worked on ranches lambing, branding, herding sheep, and calving. She now lives with her husband on a ranch in Shell, Wyoming. She was educated at Bennington College, UCLA Film School, and the New School for Social Research. Her prose pieces have appeared in the New York Times, Atlantic, Time, and Harper's. She has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Wyoming Council for the Arts. Heart Mountain, her novel, was a Book-of-the-Month Club selection. A new book of essays, Islands, The Universe, Home, will be published this fall.
Newsday called her collection of essays that focuses on life in Wyoming, The Solace of Open Spaces, "a stunning rumination on life...Ehrilich's gorgeous prose is as expansive as a Wyoming vista, as charged as a bolt of prairie lightning." Ehrlich will read from her new collection of essays at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, October 8, in the Hampton-Newport News Room in Webb Center. She will also discuss the craft of writing non-fiction at 3 p.m. on October 8 in the Hampton-Newport News Room. [extracted from 1991 brochure]