Paul Lindholdt

Paul Lindholdt is the author of the ecological memoir, In Earshot of Water: Notes from the Columbia Plateau, which won the 2012 Washington State Book Award for Memoir. He is also the editor of The Holding Common Ground: The Individual and Public Lands in the American West, The Canoe and the Saddle: A Critical Edition, and the co-author of Cascadia Wild: Protecting an International Ecosystem, and History and Folklore of the Cowichan Indians.   Dr. Lindholdt has published books, book chapters, articles, essays, columbs, reviews, and poems. He has won awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Society of Professional Journalists, and Washington Center for the Book.

Dr. Lindholdt received both his BA and MA at Western Washington University, then his PhD from Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Lindholdt is now a Professor of English at Eastern Washington University, where students have voted him as one of the top 10 Professors at the University.

Praise for In Earshot of Water:

“To read In Earshot of Water is to enter the mind of a first-rate naturalist, a devoted father, and a keen observer of all the confounding ways people find to live in place. To read this book is to learn again how to listen, how to forgive, and ultimately, how to love life that is sometimes as cruel as it is beautiful.”

        -Kathleen Dean Moore, author, Wild Comfort

“As it moves from the personal to the social, historical, and environmental aspects of the northwestern landscape, Paul Lindholdt’s In Earshot of Water beguiles and teaches. Lindholdt's prose is a pleasure to read, and his personal presence is palpable but never intrusive. It is a tough trick, what he’s done, and I admire it. The book ought to be of interest to readers of environmentally conscious literature, residents and lovers of the Northwest, and students of good, clear, concise writing everywhere.”

         -Philip Connors, author, Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout

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