On her 120-acre homestead high in the Colorado Rockies, writer Pam Houston learns what it means to care for a piece of land and the creatures on it. Elk calves and bluebirds mark the changing seasons, winter temperatures drop to 35 below, and lightning sparks a 110,000-acre wildfire, threatening her century-old barn and all its inhabitants.
Pam Houston is a Western author of short stories, novels, and essays. She teaches at the Institute of American Indian Arts, is a Professor of English at UC Davis, and is a co-founder and creative director of the literary nonprofit Writing By Writers.We discussed her books, the decision to commit to a piece of land, her experience as a Dall Sheep hunting guide in Alaska, her upcoming projects, and the future of her Colorado ranch.“In essays as lucid and invigorating as mountain air, Deep Creek delivers Houston’s most profound meditations yet on how “to live simultaneously inside the wonder and the grief…to love the damaged world and do what I can to help it thrive.”” – W.W. Norton & CompanyGo to Pam's Website to peruse her books, which include:Air Mail: Letters of Politics, Pandemics, and PlaceDeep Creek: Finding Hope in the High CountryContents May Have ShiftedSight HoundA Little More About MeWaltzing the CatCowboys Are My Weakness
Pam Houston on home, and the beauty of our pared-down lives [encore]
Deviate with Rolf Potts
“How do we become who we are in the world? We ask the world to teach us.” – Pam HoustonIn this episode of Deviate, Pam discusses her interactions with writing students (2:30); living an non-traditional life (16:30); developing a notion of home (25:00); and how Pam’s life on the ranch affects her writing (34:00). The episode concludes with Rolf reading his short essay “Creating a new sense of home is part of the travel process.”Pam Houston (@pam_houston) is an author and professor of English at the University of California, Davis. Her books include Cowboys Are My Weakness and Contents May Have Shifted, with her latest, Deep Creek, set for release in January 2019. For more information on Pam, check out her website at https://pamhouston.wordpress.com/Notable Links: Santa Fe Writers Workshop “Some Kind of Calling,” by Pam Houston (essay) “Pam Houston on (Finally) Finding True Love” (essay) Desert Solitaire, by Edward Abbey (book) Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, by Annie Dillard (book) My Antonia, by Willa Cather (novel) Alice Munro (author) Terry Tempest Williams (author) The Meadow, by James Galvan (book) West Fork Complex (2013 wildfire)This episode is brought you by the Santa Fe Workshops, which offer a variety of online and in-person classes and seminars in writing and photography, including "The Particular Beauty of Our Pared-Down Lives," an online writing workshop featuring author Pam Houston (March 30 - April 15, 2021).The Deviate theme music comes from the title track of Cedar Van Tassel’s 2017 album Lumber.Note: We don’t host a “comments” section, but we’re happy to hear your questions and insights via email, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beloved author Pam Houston is known for embodying the spirit of the American West through novels and memoirs like DEEP CREEK, CONTENTS MAY HAVE SHIFTED, and SIGHT HOUSE. In this episode, Ms. Houston talks to A Mighty Blaze cofounder Jenna Blum about finding inspiration and solitude during a pandemic and fraught political times. Hosted by Trisha Blanchet.
Musings of the Artist: (Honest) Conversations with Montse Andrée
Pam Houston is the author of many books including the memoir, "Deep Creek: Finding Hope In The High Country", "Cowboys are my Weakness" and most recently "Air Mail: Letters of Politics, Pandemics, and Place" (with Amy Irvine). Pam is also a fantastic teacher and the co-founder and creative director of the literary nonprofit Writing By Writers.In this episode we talk all about place, writing, non-traditional parenting, and living an authentic life. She also tells us about her incredible experience running into the narwhal migration!This episode was audio produced by Aaron Moring. Theme music is by Madisen Ward.Episode webpage here.
Along with her dedication as a writer and coach to other writers, Pam Houston has had a long love affair with nature and has been a fierce advocate for environmental protections. Her memoir, Deep Creek: Finding Hope In The High Country, is a love story to the ranch she calls home and bounty of beauty that she’s found all over he world. The memoir won the 2019 Colorado Book Award, the High Plains Book Award and the Reading The West Advocacy Award. Her most recent work is, Air Mail: Letters of Politics Pandemics and Place coauthored with Amy Irvine. She is also the author of Cowboys Are My Weakness and Sight Hound, as well as four other books of fiction and nonfiction, all published by W.W. Norton. She lives at 9,000 feet above sea level on a 120-acre homestead near the headwaters of the Rio Grande and teaches at UC Davis and the Institute of American Indian Arts. She is cofounder and creative director of the literary nonprofit Writing by Writers and the fiction editor at the Environmental Arts Journal Terrain.org.
Are you curious about boiled peanuts? Who isn't? Author Robert Deen visits Nancy’s Bookshelf to discuss everything you wanted to know about boiled peanuts from his latest, The Boiled Peanut Book: Everything you always wanted to know about boiled peanuts . Also, in honor of this week’s Day of the Dead, award-winning Author Pam Houston discusses her book, Contents May Have Shifted , and details a sky burial she witnessed in Tibet.
In Celebration of the Short Form (Short Stories and Essays), featuring Pam Houston
This week’s episode is an exploration and celebration of the short form with one of its masters, Pam Houston. Whether you write essays, short stories, interlocking essays, memoirs-in-essay, or short polemics, there’s much to discover in this conversation about structure, finding the “glimmers,” as Pam calls them, and the layers of meaning-making in the short form. We also invite you to be your own cowboy on the writing journey and to enjoy this excursion “deep into the pasture” with Pam.
When not spending time in endangered and beautiful places or teaching writing, Pam Houston lives with horses, goats and dogs in her cherished home of almost 30 years, an off the grid ranch in the high country of Colorado. In this episode, Pam tells host and producer Katie Bausler that it is metaphors that get her through this seminal moment for the natural world. And discusses her latest book, Deep Creek,Finding Hope in the High Country.
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Extraordinary Women Radio
I am excited to introduce today’s Extraordinary Women Radio guest, Pam Houston: Author of Deep Creek: Finding Hope In The High Country and Cowboys Are My Weakness. Pam is one of my favorite authors of all time! I read Pam’s book, Cowboys Are My Weakness, many, many years ago. Her books a series of short stories about her life – so many which mirrored my own life at that time – and her fun writing style made me feel like I was in the room with her.Fast forward all these years later, and one of my clients casually asks, "Have you ever read any Pam Houston books? She has a new book out that made me think of you.""OMG – yes I know who she is! I love her writing!" And I instantly proceeded to order her most recent book, Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country.Deep Creek tells Pam’s story of finding her ranch in Creede, CO. At 31 years old, she was fresh off a tour promoting her book, Cowboys Are My Weakness. ,She had “no job, no place to lie except her North Face tent.” On an impulse and a good instinct, she spent her royalties on a 120-acre ranch near Creede, Colorado. It was more than she could afford, and required more maintenance than she could manage. And yet, 25 years later, it’s the piece of land that’s defined the largest part of her life. Deep Creek tells the remarkable story of “that girl who dared herself to buy a ranch, dared herself to dig in and care for it, to work hard enough to pay for it, to figure out what other people mean when they use the world ‘home.”’So you can imagine how excited I was when I reached out to Pam as I was reading Deep Creek, and said – hey can I feature you on Extraordinary Women Radio – and within minutes she emailed back and said “Sure!”What’s really fun for me, is I’ve trail ridden in the mountains above Pam’s ranch. This is deep high country, and it is where my father’s ashes are spread, high atop a mountain range, 16 miles from any roads. This country is wild, rugged and magically spirit-filled. I feel Pam’s love for this land.It truly was a delight to feature Pam in this interview. She is also the author of Contents May Have Shifted, Waltzing the Cat, the novel, Sight Hound, and a collection of essays, A Little More About Me. Her stories have been selected for volumes of Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Awards, The 2013 Pushcart Prize, and Best American Short Stories of the Century. She is the winner of the Western States Book Award, the WILLA award for contemporary fiction, The Evil Companions Literary Award and multiple teaching awards. She co-founded the literary nonprofit Writing By Writers, is a professor of English at UC Davis, teaches in The Institute of American Indian Art, and at writer’s conferences around the country and the world.To learn more about Pam, follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.It is my pleasure to introduce you to one of my sheroes, Pam Houston.Pam Houston Show Notes