Rick Bass

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Rick Bass (born March 7, 1958) is an American writer and an environmental activist.[1]


Bass was born in Fort Worth, Texas, United States,[1] the son of a geologist, and he studied petroleum geology at Utah State University. He grew up in Houston, and started writing short stories on his lunch breaks while working as a petroleum geologist in Jackson, Mississippi. In 1987, he moved with his wife, the artist Elizabeth Hughes Bass, to the remote Yaak Valley, where he works to protect his adopted home from roads and logging. Rick serves on the board of both the Yaak Valley Forest Council and Round River Conservation Studies. He continues to give readings, write, and teach around the country and world.[2]

His papers are held at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library at Texas Tech University[3] and Texas State University–San Marcos.[1]


Bass won the 1995 James Jones Literary Society First Novel Fellowship for his novel in progress, Where the Sea Used to Be.[4] He was a finalist for the Story Prize in 2006 for his short story collection The Lives of Rocks. He was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award (autobiography) for Why I Came West (2009). He was also awarded the General Electric Younger Writers Award, a PEN/Nelson Algren Award Special Citation for fiction, and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship.






About Rick Bass, non-fiction by others


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "A Guide to the Rick Bass Papers, 1982-1994". Southwest Writer's Collection. University of Texas. Retrieved July 25, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Rick Bass". Narrative Magazine. Retrieved 2014-07-09.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Rick Bass: An Inventory of His Papers, 1958-2001 and undated"
  4. "Carl Sandburg Awards Bestowed On 4 Local Writers", by John Blades, Chicago Tribune, November 06, 1995.
  5. "'All the Land to Hold Us' by Rick Bass". bostonglobe.com. Retrieved 2015-07-14.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "O. Henry Award Winners 1919-1999". Random House. Retrieved 2007-07-09.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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