Kathryn Wilder


Kathryn Wilder has spent her life in California, Hawaii, and the American Southwest, on horseback, paddling outrigger canoes, running rivers. Her essays and stories have appeared in such publications as River Teeth, Midway Journal, Fourth Genre, Sierra, many Hawaii magazines, and more than half a dozen anthologies. She was a Spur Storyteller Award finalist for Forbidden Talent, a children’s picture book written with Navajo artist Redwing T. Nez, and has received Pushcart Prize, Western Heritage Award, and Hawai`i’s Elliot Cades Award nominations. Wilder was the 2016 Denali National Park and Preserve winter Writer-in-Residence, and a finalist for the 2016 Ellen Meloy Fund Desert Writers Award, among others. Her essay, “Sundance,” published in Southern Indiana Review, was shortlisted in The Best American Essays 2016. She is a 2017 MFA candidate in creative nonfiction in the low-rez creative writing program at the Institute of American Indian Arts, and lives among mustangs in southwestern Colorado.

Prize anthology mentions

Best American Essays 2009*

Best American Essays 2016*

Best American Essays 2021*

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