Environmental Studies and History Professor Andrew Gulliford has won a 2015 Colorado Book Award for his anthology Outdoors in the Southwest: An Adventure Anthology. The book took the prize in the Anthology category at the awards, presented June 21 at the Aspen Institute's Doerr-Hosier Center, in Aspen.
Gulliford's book compiles essays from renowned Southwestern writers including Edward Abbey, Craig Childs, Barbara Kingsolver, and Terry Tempest Williams, as well as from scholars, outdoor guides, and river runners. Stories tell tales of adventure and danger in the Western landscape, but also articulate an outdoor ethic based on curiosity, cooperation, humility, and an appreciation for the landscapes that offer those places to adventure.
Outdoors in the Southwest, published by the University of Oklahoma Press, also won two 2014 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards for best nature/environment book and best book about Arizona.
Gulliford is the author of Preserving Western History, Sacred Objects and Sacred Places: Preserving Tribal Traditions, America's Country Schools, and Boomtown Blues: Colorado Oil Shale (winner of a Colorado Book Award in 2004). Gulliford also writes the monthly column for the Durango Herald and Cortez Journal newspaper titled “Gulliford’s Travels,” documenting special places and history in the Four Corners region.
Gulliford's research was supported by the Fort Lewis College Foundation, the Ballantine Family Foundation, the Charles Redd Center at Brigham Young University, and by a sabbatical approved by the FLC Board of Trustees.