Chellis Glendinning

Poet, Creative Nonfiction Writer

Casilla 623
Sucre 00000

Author's Bio

I live on in an antique house in the historic capital of Bolivia, Sucre. My books explore the interface between personal and political as played out in social issues. Much of my writing has focused on a systemic analysis of mass technological society, a la Lewis Mumford, Jacques Ellul, Jerry Mander, Kirkpatrick Sale, etc. New horizons: my first novel, Objetos, has been published--in 2018 in Spanish by Editorial 3600 of La Paz, Bolivia. In Spanish, it´s about an antique store in Cochabamba that sells only artifacts garnered from revolutions and social movements, and in 2019 New Village Press/NYU Press put out a generational memoir, In the Company of Rebels: A Generational Memoir of Bohemians, Deep Heads, and History Makers. Two of my books, Off the Map and Chiva, won the National Federation of Press Women book award for nonfiction, and my poetry was selected in the Persimmon Tree contest for international poets, plus a Gemini Magazine Poetry Open Honorable Mention. Here in Bolivia I have written for Los Tiempos, Correo del Sur, and Le Monde Diplomatique/Bolivia, and I adore my hundred-year old Royal typewriter.

Literary agent: 
Ben Camardi

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

In the Compny of Rebels: A Generational Memoir of Bohemians, Deep Headas, and History Makers (New Village Press, 2019)
The History Makers: Meetings with Remarkable Bohemians, Rebels, and Deep Heads (New Village Press, 2019)
Chiva:A Village Takes on the Global Heroin Trade (New Society Publishers, 2005)
Off the Map: An Expedition Deep into Empire and the Global Economy (Updated) (New Society Publishers, 2002)
Off the Map (Shambhala Publications, 1999)
My Name Is Chellis and I'm in Recovery from Western Civilization (Shambhala Publications, 1994)
When Technology Wounds (William Morrow, 1990)
Waking Up in the Nuclear Age (William Morrow, 1987)
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Utne Reader


Journals: ,
Persimmon Tree
Prizes won: 

National Federation of Press Women Book Award in non-fiction, 2000, for Off the Map: An Expedition Deep into Empire and the Global Economy; National Federation of Press Women Book Award in non-fiction, 2006 and New Mexico Book Awards Finalist, 2007 for Chiva: A Village Takes on the Global Heroin Trade; Best Local Writer, Rio Grande Sun, 2000 and 2003; International Poets Selection in Persimmon Tree, Fall 2012 for "26"; Honorable Mention, Gemini Magazine Poetry Open, Spring 2013 for "outlaw." Best Documentary Feature from New Mexico Broadcasters´ Association for four-part radio series "El Ronconcito en el Cielo," 2009.

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
A.A. Milne, Lewis Mumford, Lawrence Durrell, Nancy Caro Hollander, Shakespeare, T.S. Eliot, Lucy Lippard, Adam Hochschild, Paco Taibo II
What I'm reading now: 
Uprooted Minds: Surviving the Politics of Terror in the Americas by Nancy Caro Hollander, KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps by Nikolaus Wachsmann, Homage to Cataluña by George Orwell

More Information

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Identifies as: 
European American
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Born in: 
Cleveland, OH
Raised in: 
Cleveland, OH
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Last update: May 21, 2019