Green Festival Speakers

Alan Weisman


Weisman is an awardwinning journalist whose reports from around the world have appeared in Harper's, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Orion, Wilson Quarterly, Vanity Fair, Mother Jones, Discover, Audubon, Conde Nast Traveler, and in many anthologies, including Best American Science Writing 2006.

His most recent book, The World Without Us, a bestseller translated into 30 languages, was named the Best Nonfiction Book of 2007 by both Time magazine and Entertainment Weekly, and was iTunes #1 Nonfiction Audiobook of 2007. The book was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Nonfiction and the Orion Prize, as well as being named a Book Sense 2008 Honor Book. His previous books include An Echo in My Blood; Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the World, the tenthanniversary edition of which will publish this year; and La Frontera: The United States Border with Mexico. Weisman has also written the foreword to The World We Have by Thich Nhat Han, which the Buddhist publishing house Parallex Press will publish this fall.

A senior producer for Homelands Productions, Weismans documentaries have aired on National Public Radio, Public Radio International, and American Public Media. Each spring, he leads an annual field program in international journalism at the University of Arizona, where he is laureate associate professor in journalism and Latin American studies. He and his wife, sculptor Beckie Kravetz, live in western Massachusetts.