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

Recent Photography


See the latest photos from Richard's ongoing surveys of New Mexico flora and fauna by scrolling through the categories listed beneath the Images page.

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 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 LLC. Read a synopsis and reviews of this 251-page paperback on the Books page, or purchase a copy, here. The tale begins in Los Angeles, but soon shifts to America's desert Southwest and the jungles of Guatemala.

Recent Publishing Project


The Heart of Magic: The Merlin in Moab Trilogy (Book One), written by Caryl Say and published by Relham LLC. Read reviews and a synopsis of this 380-page Arthurian fantasy paperback—or get your own copy—here. What might happen if the sorcerer Merlin reappeared in Moab, Utah, in the 21st century, disguised as a regular guy but with all of his special powers intact? Read and discover.


Recent Journalism Project


Earth Notes: Tiny Particles, Big Impact, broadcast on March 15, 2015, as part of the ongoing Earth Notes public radio series. While airborne dust can be annoying, scientists say it plays a vital part in the ecology of the American Southwest. Learn more here by reading the script for or listening to this two-minute radio story. Richard has contributed regularly to Earth Notes for over 15 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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