Pam Houston

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Position Title
Professor of English

Voorhies 251
Office Hours
Wednesday: 2-3, Thursday 11-12 and by appointment. Please email or call for an appointment outside of those hours.

Currently Teaching:

  • 237 - Seminar for Writers


M.A., University of Utah, 1992
B.A., Denison University, Granville, Ohio, 1983

Pam Houston is the author of the memoir, Deep Creek: Finding Hope In The High Country, which won the 2019 Colorado Book Award, the High Plains Book Award and the Reading The West Advocacy Award and more recently, Air Mail: Letters of Politics Pandemics and Place coauthored with Amy Irvine.  She is also the author of Cowboys Are My Weakness, Contents May Have Shifted, Sight Hound, A Little More About Me and Waltzing the Cat, all published by W.W. Norton. She lives at 9,000 feet above sea level on a 120-acre homestead near the headwaters of the Rio Grande and teaches creative writing at UC Davis and at the Institute of American Indian Arts. She is cofounder and creative director of the literary nonprofit Writing by Writers and fiction editor at the Environmental Arts Journal She raises Icelandic Sheep and Irish Wolfhounds and is a fierce advocate for the Earth. 

 To find out more you may visit her website at


Education & Interests:

  1. B.A. (Denison University); Creative writing (fiction, nonfiction and plays), modernism, contemporary fiction, the short story, wilderness literature, feminism, environmental literature.