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 monioring 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 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


Sheltertown Shenanigans written by Gerald "Jerry" Boswell, with interior design by Richard, was released in December 2014 by Los Weasels Publishing. It captures life in a small New Mexico mining town in the 1950s and 1960s. During an era when history ushers a company-owned, racially segregated, and smelter-dominated town into the Viet Nam war and the British music invasion, a young boy finds gaping seams in the social fabric of the day. Buy a copy or read more here.


Recent Journalism Project


Earth Notes: The Return of Bighorn Sheep, broadcast during April, 2015, as part of the ongoing Earth Notes public radio series. After dwindling to about 50 individuals, desert bighorn sheep numbers in New Mexico have soared to over 600 in a half-dozen mountain ranges. 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 Fall 2014 issue here.

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