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Council Member

Gretel Ehrlich


Gretel Ehrlich is an award-winning writer who has travelled in and written extensively about the Arctic and its cultures. She is the author of thirteen books, including The Solace of Open Spaces, This Cold Heaven, The Future of Ice, and Facing the Wave A Journey in the Wake of the Tsunami, among others. She has published in Harper’s, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, Time, Life, National Geographic, Aperture, Architectural Digest, Orion, Shambhala Sun, Tricycle, Antaeus, and Outside, among many others. She received the 2014 Pen Center USA literary award for creative nonfiction, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Bellagio Fellowship, the 2010 PEN Thoreau Award, awards from the National Endowments for the Arts (NEA) and the Humanities (NEH), the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and two Expedition Council Grants from the National Geographic Society for circumpolar travel in the high Arctic. An upcoming residency at the Robert Rauschenburg Foundation will support work on a new theater piece about climate and uncertainty.