David Stevenson

About David Stevenson –

David Stevenson was born in Detroit and worked briefly in the Dearborn Stamping Plant, at the time the largest factory in the world. His fiction collection, Letters from Chamonix, won the Banff Mountain Book Award for Fiction and Poetry in 2014. His collected mountaineering essays, Warnings Against Myself: Meditations on a Life in Climbing was published in 2016 by the University of Washington Press. He received the H. Adams Carter Literary Award from the American Alpine Club in 2017. Two of his recent essays have been marked as Notable in the The Best American Essays Series. He works at the University of Alaska Anchorage where he directs the MFA program in creative writing.

Praise for the author’s earlier work including
Letters from Chamonix, winner of the Banff Mountain Book Award:

“Stevenson accomplishes what every narrative writer should aspire to, fiction or nonfiction: making readers forget where they actually are. The written reality overpowers the outside world.” ~ Craig Childs, in Cirque

“With Letters from Chamonix, Stevenson demonstrates his ability as one of the great prose stylists of modern climbing literature. His words reflect that shift in vision that arrives at the most intense and quiet moments…” ~ Katie Ives, Alpinist

“It’s in these ethereal interstices of the stories that Stevenson explores the heady themes we all experience… isolation, solitude, joy, danger, pain, death.” ~ Cameron M. Burns in The American Alpine Journal

“There are only a handful of writers that exhibit Stevenson’s mastery of tenderness with such harsh and heavy subjects. Of those writers, not one of them is as vulnerable or bleeds as much humility.” ~ Nicholas Dighiera, www.wordsworthing.com