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 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.

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 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 my 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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