Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Lisa Couturier:

An Inventory of Her Papers, 1977-2016 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Couturier, Lisa
Title: Lisa Couturier Papers,
Dates: 1977-2016 and undated
Abstract: Papers of author Lisa Couturier from 1977-2016 and undated.
Collection # R45.1
Quantity: 3 boxes (3 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Lisa Couturier (b. 1962) is an essayist, poet and animal advocate. She was born in New Jersey but grew up in Maryland, outside of Washington, D.C. She graduated from University of Maryland in 1985 with a degree in Journalism and a certificate in Women’s Studies. She later earned a Master’s degree from the Gallatin School at New York University. Her book The Hopes of Snakes explores the wild in urban spaces and the connections between the human and the nonhuman. Couturier’s work has appeared in Orion, Isotope, the American Nature Writing series, E Magazine, The Center for Humans and Nature's City Creatures, and National Geographic’s Heart of a Nation, among other publications. Her essay “Dark Horse” won the 2012 Pushcart Prize and was nominated for the Grantham Prize for Environmental Writing. She was named a notable essayist in Best American Essays in 2004, 2006 and 2011. Her collection of poems, Animals/Bodies, won the 2015 Chapbook Award from the New England Poetry Club. Couturier lives with her husband, children and six horses on an agricultural reserve northwest of Washington, D.C., not far from Sugarloaf Mountain.

Major publications include:

  • Couturier, Lisa. Animals/Bodies. Georgetown, KY: Finishing Line Press, 2014.
  • Couturier, Lisa. The Hopes of Snakes and Other Tales from the Urban Landscape. Boston: Beacon Press, 2005.

Scope and Contents

The collection is in good condition and is part of the James Sowell Family Collection in Literature, Community and the Natural World.


The collection is organized by book titles and by types of materials such as correspondence, readings, academic work and audio visual material.


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research. Copyright is retained by the authors of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by U.S. copyright law. Copy requests in excess of 5 pages must be approved by the donor or her representative.

Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Couturier, Lisa, 1962-- .
Couturier, Lisa--Archives.
Couturier, Lisa--Correspondence.
Couturier, Lisa--Manuscripts.
Couturier, Lisa--Animals/Bodies.
Couturier, Lisa--The Hopes of Snakes.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Lisa Couturier Papers, 1977-2016 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Collection accession #(s):

Purchase, 2016

Processed by

Kristin Loyd, 2016

Collection Inventory


box folder
1 1 Couturier, Lisa, Inventory of Archives, May 2016


box folder
1 2 Barry Lopez Master Class, Unterberg Poetry Center, includes draft of Heirlooms, 2000 and undated
3 Contests, entered and judged, 1994-2005 and undated
4 Friends and students, includes Writer’s Center workshops, 2002-2003 and undated
5 Henderson, Bill, Editor of Pushcart Anthology, 2011-2016
6 Miller, Charles, 2005
7 Nixon, Will, 1988-2000 and undated
8 Resumes, 2000-2006 and undated
9 Writers, editors, and agents, includes Kurt Caswell, Susan Tomlinson, Chip (H. Emerson) Blake, Pattiann Rogers, and The New Nature Writers, 1994-2015 and undated
10 Writing the Natural World, includes Barry Lopez and William Tydeman, 2001-2005 and undated


box folder
1 11 Manuscript/working proof, includes cover design drafts, [2014?]
12 Correspondence, 2012-2016 and undated
13 Gery, John, Advanced Poetry Writing course syllabus, includes correspondence, 2014-2015
14 Never More Than a Cedar Waxwing, blog printout, 2014
15 Speaking of Marvels, interview, 2016

The Hopes of Snakes

box folder
1 16 Correspondence, 2003-2005 and undated
17 A Banishment of Crows, galley for American Nature Writing and manuscript, 2000 and undated
18 Beacon Press catalog and announcements, 2004-2005 and undated
19 The City’s Laughter, drafts and notes, undated
20 The City’s Laughter, Talks with Vultures, in Isotope, Vol. 3 No. 1, 2005
21 Heirloom, excerpt, in NYU Alumni Magazine, 2005
22 Heirloom, in American Nature Writing, 2002
23 The Hopes of Snakes, galley and manuscript for Gallatin Review, includes early draft, 2001 and undated
24 The Hopes of Snakes: Handling Serpents as an Act of Faith, in Orion, Vol. 24 No. 1, Jan./Feb. 2005
25 In the Slipstream, final manuscript, drafts, notes, and research material, 2003-2004 and undated
26 Interviews, includes correspondence, 2000-2007
27 Off Being God, in Tiferet, Vol. 2 No. 1, includes church pamphlet, [2004?] and undated
28 One Nation Under Coyote, Divisible, drafts, notes, and research material, 2000-2004 and undated
29 Payments, permissions, royalty checks, includes correspondence, 2004-2015 and undated
30 Readings and talks, includes correspondence, 2005 and undated
31 A Renascent Wild: The Creature, the Urban and the Female, manuscript, undated
32 Research material, transcript, interview with Bob Cook, undated
33 Research material, transcript, interview with Chris Nadareski, undated
34 Reversing the Tides, in The River Reader and City Wilds, galleys, undated
35 Reviews and articles, includes correspondence, 2001-2015 and undated
36 Sturges, Mark, Nature Writing course syllabus, undated
37 Table of Contents, organization and essay topic notes, undated
38 Take the Long Way Home/A Clandestine Freedom, draft and notes, 1999-[2000?] and undated
39 Talks with Vultures, manuscript and notes, Jan.-May 2004

Literary Production

box folder
1 40 Animal Urbanism, drafts, includes correspondence, 2008 and undated
41 Dark Horse, galley and copyedited manuscript, includes correspondence, 2006-2011 and undated
42 Dark Horse, in Animals & People: An Orion Reader, 2014
43 The Diamondback, student newspaper articles, 1984 and undated
44 E Magazine articles, includes Turtle Diary research, 1987-1994 and undated
45 Ghosts of Creatures Past, manuscripts (final and edited), 2007 and undated
46 Grapevine Weekly Magazine articles, 1984
47 Growing Up with Misty, in New Woman, includes reader correspondence, 1988-1989 and undated
48 I Am My Mare, manuscripts, 2015
49 Japanese Maples, includes correspondence, 2015
50 Manhattan Mantis, manuscript, includes correspondence, 2015 and undated
51 National Wildlife Federation News, press releases, 1984-1985
box folder
2 1 New Woman and Redbook, articles, editor notes, 1988-1994 and undated
2 Rediscovering the Potomac, draft and notes, undated
3 Rediscovering the Potomac, galley (3 copies), includes correspondence, 2000
4 Research material, Bob Barker article, 1977-1986 and undated
5 A Shared Genesis, in EndangerSpeak, Vol. 4 No. 1, includes correspondence, 1997-1998 and undated
6 Spiritual Gypsy, in Iris, No. 36, 1997
7 Sun Bear, Between Two Worlds, includes correspondence, 1998-2003 and undated
8 The Towns Are Not Empty: Thoughts on Urban Wildlife, manuscript, includes correspondence, 2006 and undated
9 Travels with Timmy, in Wildlife Conservation, May/June 1994
10 TV Profiles, correspondence, drafts, interviews and production notes, 1986-1987 and undated
11 Walking in the Woods, in American Nature Writing and Iris, 1996-1998
12 Miscellaneous articles, 1984 and undated

Readings, Events, Talks

box folder
2 13 Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE), includes correspondence, 2015
14 Career Day presentations, includes correspondence, 2006-2008 and undated
15 Conference on the Sowell Family Collection in Literature, Community, and the Natural World, 2015
16 Geography of Desire, includes correspondence, 2007 and undated
17 George Mason University, includes correspondence, 2005 and undated
18 Kensington Row Bookshop, 2015
19 Montgomery Book Festival, Montgomery College, Montgomery Watershed Conference, includes correspondence, 1999-2007
20 Nature Writer’s Reading Benefit, Feb. 8, 2002
21 Personal Essay: The Natural World at The Writer’s Center, includes correspondence, 2002
22 Riverside Nature Awareness Program, includes correspondence, 2001
23 South Street Seaport Museum, includes correspondence, 2004
24 Writers at the Beach, includes correspondence, 2003-2007 and undated
25 Writer’s Retreat at Fox Haven Learning Center, 2013 and undated
26 Writing the Animal: Imagination, Empathy, and Love of the Nonhuman, Sacred Circles at the National Cathedral, includes correspondence, 2004-2005 and undated
27 Writing Your Personal History Symposium, includes correspondence, 2006-2007

Academic Work

box folder
2 28 Graduate school essays, includes correspondence, ASLE photographs and Iris No. 34, 1992-2016
29 Graduate school essays, includes reading list and notes, 1992-1993 and undated
30 Writing the Animal, Master’s thesis-defense copy, 1994

Literary Production, Other Writers

box folder
2 31 Peterson, John, Re-Envisioning the City, p. 18-27, 89-124, includes correspondence, 2009
32 Peterson, John, Re-imaging the Los Angeles River, in The Brock Review, Vol. 11 No. 2, 2011
33 Willis, Alette, Restor(y)ing Our Place in the More-than-human World, p. 222-223, 229-235, Sept. 2007
34 Willis, Alette, Re-Storying Wilderness and Adventure Therapies, in Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, Vol. 11 No. 2, 2011


box folder
2 35 75-mile radius map, from Columbus Circle, New York City, 1992
36 Interview, Dr. Birute Galdikas, [1991?]
37 Pieces of a Puzzle, Writers Writing documentary, includes correspondence, 1984-2009 and undated
38 Reader blog posts, includes correspondence, 2008-2015
39 Washington College Blog, student blog posts, 2009
40 Writing studio plans, undated


box folder
2 41 Couturier, Lisa, [1993?]
42 Couturier, Lisa with unknown woman and taxidermied coyote, at Rocky Rive Nature Center, color, [2005?]
43 Master’s thesis fieldwork, includes Arthur Kill Heron Project, Floyd Bennett Field, Long Island/Montauk and Sterling Forest, 1993-1994
44 Publicity still for Hotel, black and white, undated
45 Streamwalker at Beaver Dam Creek, black and white, undated
46 Writing the Natural World, group photo, color, 2004
47 Writing the Natural World, Texas Tech University Center at Junction, Junction, TX, Oct. 29-31, 2004
48 Writers Writing, production stills and candids, 1984 and undated


box item
2 1 Interview, Dr. Birute Galdikas Rehab, 12/12/91


box item
3 1 Audubon Naturalist, Vol. 27 No. 10, Dec. 2001-Jan. 2002
2 The Orangutan Foundation, brochure, undated
3 Rediscovering the Potomac, galley (2 copies), 2000
4 United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation, brochure, undated
5 Writers at the Beach: Pure Sea Glass, program, 2006

Oversize O 27.1

1 75-mile radius map, from Columbus Circle, New York City, 1992