Guest Presenters


Bruce Berger

Nonfiction writer and poet Bruce Berger is best known for a series of books exploring the intersections of nature and culture, usually in desert settings. The first of these works, the essay collection The Telling Distance, won the 1990 Western States Book Award and the 1991 Colorado Book Award, and its contents have been widely anthologized. It was followed by There Was A River, whose title piece is a narrative of what may have been the last trip on the Colorado River through Glen Canyon before its inundation by Lake Powell, and by Almost an Island, which recounts three decades of exploration and friendship in Baja California.

Sarah teale

Independent film and television producer Sarah Teale, with Lisa F. Jackson, recently produced Patrimonio, a documentary about a Todos fishermen’s beach being developed into a mega hotel/condo complex. Teale has also produced a number of documentaries for HBO including Weight of the Nation (nominated for a Prime Time Emmy), Dealing Dogs (Emmy nominated for Best Investigative Documentary), Hacking Democracy (also Emmy-nominated), Death on a Factory Farm, Bellevue: Inside Out, Mumia Abu Jamal: A Case for Reasonable Doubt? and Grazers: A Cooperative Story (also with Jackson).

Gordon Chaplin

Gordon Chaplin, a writer and sea conservationist, most recently (2016) published Paraiso, a novel partially set in Baja California. Chaplin also is the author of nonfiction titles Dark Wind: A Survivor's Tale of Love and Loss, Fever Coast Log: at Sea in Central America, and his critically acclaimed Full Fathom Five: Ocean Warming and A Father's Legacy. A former journalist for Newsweek, the Baltimore Sun and the Washington Post, he has worked on marine conservation with the Baja group Niparaja. Since 2003, Chaplin has been a research associate with the Academy of Natural Scienes.