wordsmith and human being

A New Mexico-based writer, editor, publisher, media consultant, and photographer whose work is distributed via books, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, radio, and the Internet. His publishing website is

If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, it expects what never was and never will be . . .The people cannot be safe without information. Where the press is free and every man [and woman] able to read, all is safe.


— Thomas Jefferson

Recent Photography


See the latest photos from Richard's ongoing surveys of New Mexico flora and fauna by scrolling through the Wildlife tab under the Images page. Recognizing his work in monitoring backcountry wildlife camera traps, Richard was named Volunteer of the Year for 2014 by the Wildlife Land Trust of the Humane Society of the United States.

Recent Non-Fiction Book


The Jaguar's Shadow: Searching for a Mythic Cat, published by Yale University Press. Read reviews, a synopsis, and an excerpt of this critically-acclaimed 359-page non-fiction hardback at, or buy a copy, here. Learn about Richard's quest to see a jaguar in the wild, as he travels the backcountry between Arizona and South America.

Recent Fiction Book


How I Found the Best Sex Ever: A Sara Strong Mystery, published by Relham. Read a synopsis and reviews of this 251-page paperback on the Books page, or purchase a copy, here. The bawdy tale begins in Los Angeles, but soon shifts to America's desert Southwest and the jungles of Guatemala.

Recent Publishing Project


Climbing Back: A Family's Journey Through Brain Injury, written by Elise Rosenhaupt, with editing and interior design by Richard, was released in June 2015 by Peninsula Road Press. This powerful and profound memoir describes the healing process undergone by the author and her family when Elise's son suffers a debilitating traumatic brain injury. Buy a copy or read more here.


Recent Journalism Project


Earth Notes: John Collier, Jr., broadcast during July, 2015, as part of the ongoing Earth Notes public radio series. Learn about the late anthropologist and his unique contributions to the understanding of indigenous peoples through photography.  Find out how this happened here by reading the script for (or listening to) this two-minute radio story. Richard has contributed regularly to Earth Notes for over 14 years.

Recent Newsletter


Get A GRIP is the quarterly 8-page newsletter of the Gila Resources Information Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving, nurturing, and protecting human communities and natural resources in southwestern New Mexico. Edited by Richard, read the Summer 2015 issue here.

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