Susan Marsh lives in Jackson, Wyoming. With degrees in geology and landscape architecture and a lifelong interest in creative writing, she has combined her interests into a body of work that explores the relationship of humans to the wild. Her work has appeared in journals that include Orion, North American Review, and Fourth Genre, and in many anthologies. Her books include the award-winning novel War Creek and ten non-fiction books. She writes a column “Back to Nature” for Mountain Journal.
Saving Wyoming's Hoback
In 2012, crowds gathered to hear a long-anticipated announcement: The Trust for Public Land had prevented natural gas development in the remote Hoback Basin of Wyoming by buying the leases owned by Plains Exploration Company. This would not have happened without the extraordinary will and expertise of local citizens. Unchallenged, the proposed natural gas development in the national forest near Bondurant, Wyoming, would have brought roads, pipelines, water and air pollution, disruption to wildlife, and a complete change in the character of the landscape and its communities.
Retired schoolteachers, mine workers, big game hunters and outfitters, and other stakeholders combined their knowledge of the area to achieve a single goal: prevent the industrialization of the wild country that was their home. Saving Wyoming’s Hoback tells the inspiring story of determined citizens who worked together to protect the land they love.
This Earth Has Been Too Generous2022
A Hunger for High Country2014
The Wild Wyoming Range2013
Awards and Recognition
- Wyoming Arts Council 2020 Fellowship, Fiction category
- Saving Wyoming's Hoback won the 2016-17 Wallace Stegner Prize in Environmental Humanities.
- War Creek won the 2014-15 May Sarton Award for Contemporary Fiction.
- Wyoming Arts Council Neltje Blanchan Award 2003