Alan Weisman

Alan Weisman is a senior editor and producer for Homelands Productions. He has reported from the US, Mexico, Canada, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Antarctica, Europe, the former Soviet Union, and the Middle and Far East. His radio pieces have been heard on NPR, Public Radio International, and American Public Media. His writing has appeared in Harper's, New York Times Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, Vanity Fair, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Orion, Audubon, Mother Jones, Discover, Condé Nast Traveler, Resurgence, and in several anthologies (including The Best American Science Writing 2006 and Moral Ground).

Alan's newest book, Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth? (Little, Brown and Co.), was released in September 2013. His previous book, The World Without Us (Thomas Dunne Books, 2007), was a New York Times and international bestseller, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Orion Award, the Rachel Carson Prize, the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, and winner of the National Library of China's Wenjin Book Prize. It was named the top nonfiction book of 2007 by Time Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, and Canada's National Post, and has been translated into 34 languages. He is also the author of An Echo In My Blood (Harcourt Brace, 1999); Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the World (Chelsea Green Publishing, 1998); La Frontera: The United States Border With Mexico (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1986); and We, Immortals (Pocket Books, 1979).

Alan Weisman has been a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Colombia, writer-in-residence at the Altos de Chavón Escuela de Arte y Diseño in the Dominican Republic, the John Farrar Fellow in Nonfiction at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, a contributing editor to the Los Angeles Times Magazine, and a professor of writing, journalism, and Latin American studies at Prescott College and the University of Arizona. Among his radio awards shared with his Homelands colleagues are a Robert F. Kennedy Citation, the Harry Chapin/World Hunger Year award, and Brazil's Prèmio Nacional de Jornalismo Radiofônico. He has also received a Four Corners Award for Best Nonfiction Book; a Los Angeles Press Club Award for Best Feature Story; and a Best of the West Award in Journalism. His book, Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the World, won the 1998 Social Inventions Award from the London-based Global Ideas Bank. He and his wife, sculptor Beckie Kravetz, live in western Massachusetts.

Contact Alan Weisman:

Alan Weisman
PO Box 77
Cummington, MA 01026
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Literary representation:

Nicholas Ellison, Inc.
55 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10003
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Speaking engagements:

The Lavin Agency
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Selected Works


Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?

The World Without Us

An Echo in My Blood: The Search for a Family's Hidden Past

Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the World

La Frontera: The United States Border With Mexico


Anthropocenic Creation Tale, Earth Island Journal, Spring 2013

University of Arizona Spring Commencement Speech
May 15, 2009

Three Planetary Futures Vanity Fair, April 2008

Earth Without People

Cartoon Op-ed

Mining the Imagination for New Energy

The Cocaine Connection

Diamonds in the Wild

Power Trip

The Sacred and Profane

Vanishing Forests, Endangered People


Chiloé: A Bridge Too Far?

Resurrecting the Zápara

Laguna Madre

Straw Bale Homes in Mexico