Ken Lamberton

Ken Lamberton

Title: Writer
Location: Bisbee, Arizona, United States

Ken Lamberton, Writer, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in scientific writing.

A prolific writer of nearly four decades, Mr. Lamberton is renowned for his works in relation to the nature and history of the Southwest region. Backed by formal education from the University of Arizona, he received a Bachelor of Science in biology in 1981 and went on to obtain a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing in 2002. He commenced his career as a public school teacher, which he excelled in from 1981 to 1986, and has since worked as a freelance writer for the past 34 years. Since 2011, Mr. Lamberton has been editor of the Rain Shadow Review and has written six books published by the University of Arizona Press. Between 2000 and 2015, he has published, “Chasing Arizona: One Man’s Yearlong Obsession with the Grand Canyon State,” “Dry River: Stories of Life, Death, and Redemption on the Santa Cruz,” “Time of Grace: Thoughts on Nature, Family and the Politics of Crime and Punishment,” “Beyond Desert Walls: Essays from Prison,” “Chiricahua Mountains: Bridging the Borders of Wildness” and “Wilderness and Razor Wire: A Naturalist’s Observations from Prison.”

Chasing ArizonaFinding great success in his writing career, Mr. Lamberton has received myriad accolades, including as Arizona Commission on the Arts Grantee in 2019 and 2005. In 2015, “Chasing Arizona” was awarded Southwest Book of the Year and was a finalist in the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. Likewise, “Dry River” was named Southwest Book of the Year in 2011 and “Time of Grace” received the Eric Hoffer Notable Book Award in 2008. Notably, Mr. Lamberton took home the John Burroughs Medal for Outstanding Nature Writing in 2002, which he calls the highlight of his career, and the May Clayton Hayes Award for Creative Nonfiction in 1997. Additionally, he was awarded the Best American Essays for “Queen” in 2000 and for “Of Swallows and Doing Time” in 1999, as well as received the second place Alligatoe Juniper Prize for “Weeds” in 1999. Mr. Lamberton’s work has also been an Arizona Book Award Finalist for Best Nature/Environmental Book and a Pushcart Prize Nominee.

Looking back on his illustrious career, Mr. Lamberton attributes his success to Richard Shelton, a writer and poet with whom he developed a powerful relationship with 30 years ago. He also credits his personal drive, his extensive background in nature writing and his family’s support. Presently, he maintains affiliation with the Association for Studies and Literature in the Environment, Sky Island Alliance and Coalition for Desert Protection. Previously, Mr. Lamberton was involved with the Common Counsel Foundation Mesa Refuge in 2002 and 2005. Over the years, he has also been editor of the Walking Rain Review and Sonora Review, a fellow of Soros Justice and a Salida resident of the Rocky Mountain Land Library. In five years’ time, Mr. Lamberton hopes to continue writing about the Southwest region that he loves, as well as spearhead a foundation with Richard Shelton to continue the work he starts in working with prison inmates.

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