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Noted nature writer to speak on campus

AWC Honors Program hosts presentation on the historical, cultural importance of the Gila River

Yuma, AZ (February 14, 2020) – Gregory McNamee claims Arizona as his home, but he is a writer with an international reputation. And this month he’s coming to a classroom near you.

The AWC Honors Program will be hosting McNamee’s presentation, courtesy of the popular Arizona Humanities Council program AZ Speaks, titled “The Gila, River of History.” The event will take place on Thursday, Feb. 27, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in LR 104, across the hall from the Honors Center.

The presentation is related to this year’s Honors Colloquium, titled “A Sense of the Sonoran Desert: Place as a Pathway to a Sustainable Future,” taught by Jacob Gibson, professor of Environmental Science, and Michael Miller, professor of English and Journalism.

According to McNamee’s web site,, he is a writer, journalist, editor, photographer, and publisher. He is the author or title-page editor of 40 books and more than 5000 periodical publications, including articles, essays, reviews, interviews, editorials, poems, and short stories.

McNamee is a consultant, contributor, and contributing editor to the Encyclopaedia Britannica. He is also a contributing editor to and regular reviewer for Kirkus Reviews and a contributing editor to The Bloomsbury Review. He operates Sonora Wordworks, an editorial and publishing service, and has been involved in the publication of more than 500 books. He is also the publisher of Polytropos Press.

McNamee is a research associate at the Southwest Center of the University of Arizona and a lecturer in the Economics Department of the Eller College of Management there. He gives courses and talks on writing, publishing, journalism, media and technology, and cultural and environmental issues – of which his visit to AWC is a prime example.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Michael Miller
Professor of English


Gina Blackburn
AWC Honors Program

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