PRNSA Field Institute Instructor

Best American Science and Nature Writing Nominee Rebecca Lawton loves to study and teach the weaving nature of into story. Her honors include a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair, Ellen Meloy Award for Desert Writers, Waterston Desert Writing Prize, WILLA Award for Original Softcover Fiction, three Pushcart Prize nominations, and residencies at Hedgebrook, the Island Institute, and PLAYA. Rebecca’s essay collection, Reading Water: Lessons from the River, was a San Francisco Chronicle Bay Area Bestseller and ForeWord Nature Book of the Year nominee. She has published eight books and written for Aeon, Hakai, Orion, Sierra, Undark, and more.

A former whitewater guide and National Park Service river ranger, she was among the first professional oarswomen on Western rivers, working ten of her fourteen seasons on the Colorado in the Grand Canyon. Visit her at



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an aerial view of the Point Reyes headlands with a green-topped bluffs overlooking the ocean.