Who is Alex Shoumatoff, the author and editor of the Dispatches?
Curriculum Vitae

Books:
What If It Had Not Happened?  the saga of the Karambisi family of Rwanda, in the works, for
Harper Collins
Legends of the American Desert : Sojourns in the Greater Southwest,  Knopf, l997
(cover New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle book reviews, New York Times notable
book of l997,  Time Magazine and New York Post's top ten books of l997,  Mountain and Plains
Booksellers' Association best non-fiction book of l997)
The World is Burning, Little Brown, 1990; Avon paperback; published in ten languages
African Madness, Knopf, 1988; Vintage paperback
In Southern Light, Simon and Schuster, 1986; Vintage paperback
The Mountain of Names, Simon and Schuster, 1984; Vintage paperback; Kodansha
paperback (l995)
Russian Blood, Coward, McCann, and Geoghegan, 1982; Vintage paperback
The Capital of Hope, Coward, McCann, and Geoghegan, 1980; Vintage  paperback
Westchester, Portrait of a County, Coward, McCann, and Geoghegan,  1979; Vintage
paperback
The Rivers Amazon, Sierra Club Books, 1978; Sierra Club paperback
Florida Ramble, Harper and Row, 1974; Vintage paperback

Magazine Work:
2001- : contributing editor, TheSpook.Com
l995-2001 : contributing editor, Vanity Fair; contributor since l986
1978-present : contributor, The New Yorker; staff writer, 1980-l990
1992-4 : contributing editor, golf columnist, Esquire
1988-92 : contributing editor, Cond‚ Nast Traveler
1995-present : contributor, Golf Digest
1995-present : contributor, Adirondack Life
l978-present :  contributor, Outside Magazine; contributing editor, l979-81
1989-present : contributor, The New York Times Magazine
 

Movie Work:
Rights to "The World is Burning" acquired, and author hired as consultant, by Twentieth Century
Fox for movie with Robert Redford producing and starring, l989

Rights to the "The Fatal Obsession of Dian Fossey" (Vanity Fair) acquired, and the author hired
as consultant, by Universal Pictures for movie, "Gorillas in the Mist," l986

Rights to "The Mountain of Names" acquired by Alan Berliner for documentary film, "Nobody's
Business"

Newspaper Work:
1968-69 reporter, Washington Post
1967 intern reporter, The New York Daily News
articles, book reviews, and editorials in the New York Times, Washington Post, New York Daily
News, Village Voice, Book World, Newsday, Patent Trader, etc.

Environmental Work:
1972-4 : Middle School Science Teacher, Rippowam-Cisqua School, Bedford, New York (focus
on the local flora and fauna of Westchester County
1972-80 : Resident Naturalist and Executive Director, Marsh Memorial Sanctuary, Mount Kisco,
New York
1972-80 : editor, Bedford Audubon Bulletin

Music Work:
1971 : rights to twenty young-Dylanesque songs acquired by Manny Greenhill (manager of Joan
Baez, Joni Mitchell, Muddy Waters, Reverend Gary Davis, et al.)

Lectures and Appearances:
currently speaking on : "Life, Writing, and the Writing Life"
November 2000, seminar on the four World Heritage Site national parks of civil-war-torn eastern
Congo for the United Nations Foundaton
winter 2000, workshop at Genocide Studies Institute of Concordia College, Montreal
spring l999, guest lecturer, University of Vermont Department of English;
 February, l998, Barnes Speaker and two days of seminars, Avon Old Farms School
August, l997, Lake Placid Institute; July, l996, Sightings; June, l996 : graduation address,
National Sports Academy, Lake Placid, N.Y.; evocation of life and work of Alexandra Tolstoy,
Tolstoy Foundation dinner at Metropolitan Club, New York City;  lecture on magazine writing at
Bennington College, spring l995; interviewed about Uma Thurman, Entertainment Tonight,
January, l996;  interviewed about The Mountain of Names on NPR's "Talk of the Nation,"
November, l995; interviewed about OJ Simpson the Golfer, Extra and American Journal, August,
l995; Today Show, NPR's "All Things Considered," lectures on the Amazon
delivered at scores of venues, including American Museum of Natural History, Cleveland
Museum of Natural History, Harvard Club, Princeton Club, Explorer's Club, New York Botanical
Garden; April, l992 : Earth Day address, University of New Mexico
March, 1991, keynote address, Critical Issues Symposium on "Lifeboat Earth," Hope College.
October, 1990, keynote address at conference on Environment and Development in Africa and
Latin America, Michigan State University.

Consultancies:
The J.M. Kaplan Fund, March 2001, report on philanthropic possibilities of  Cuba, particularly
restoring the Cuba Moderne Architecture in Havana and protecting  the island's biodiversity
The J.M. Kaplan Family Foundation, January 2001, recommendations on worthy candidates for
grants
The United Nations Foundation, summer 2000, site report on 4 World Heritage Site national
parks in eastern Congo

Education:
B.A., magna cum laude in English and ancient Greek literature, Harvard College, 1968; senior
thesis, "The Heroic Language of Chapman's Homer," summa cum laude high school diploma, magna cum laude, with honors in English, French, Latin and Greek,
St.Paul's School, Concord, New Hampshire, l964
elementary education at Bedford Rippowam School. 1956-60, and Bedford Elementary School, 1951-56

Awards & Grants:
2001 : The Winslow Foundation & Public Interest Projects, to start up the Dispatches
1996 : "Sun Without Moon" nominated for SAIS-Novartis prize for excellence in
international journalism
l995 : "Golf in Seven Courses," silver medal, International Regional Magazine Association
1995 : "The Warlord Speaks" nominated for Overseas Press Club Award
l988 : "AIDS in Africa" nominated for National Magazine Award
l987 : "Bokassa" nominated for National Magazine Award
l985 : John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, for book on cultural ecology in the tropics
1968 : Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, for graduate study in English literature
1964 : highest college board score for Homeric Greek in nation
1963 : highest college board score for Attic Greek in nation

Academic Appointments:
visiting scholar, Department of Communications. University of New Mexico, 1991-2
instructor in French and director of  language lab, New England College, l970-71

Landguages:
English, French, Portuguese, Homeric and Attic Greek-- fluent
Spanish, Russian-- nearly fluent
German, Italian, modern Greek, Kiswahili-- serviceable
Kinyawranda, Kirundi, Ruganda, Cayapo-- rudimentary

Military Service:
United State Marines Corps Intelligence Reserves, trained at Defense Language Institute,
Monterey, California, l969; honorably discharged as a minister (4-D, the D standing for divinity),l971

Sports and Hobbies:
Captain of Squash Team, St. Paul's School, l963-4; Harvard Varsity Squash Team, 1965-8
(national champions junior and senior year); squash champion of Zaire, l981
mountaineering : youngest person to climb M”nch, Switzerland, l958; young person to climb
Exum Ridge of Grand Teton, Wyoming, l959. hiking, trekking, canoing, whitewater rafting in
Adirondacks, Amazon, Zaire, Rwanda, Uganda, Nepal guitar : bossa nova, samba, rumba Zairois,
jazz, swing, country blues, ragtime, gospel (student of Reverend Gary Davis), and other styles
golf : handicap 12, special fondness for former colonial and developing-world courses.

Clubs and Organizations:
Golf Writers' Association of America
Advisory Board, Lake Placid Institute
Montreal Badminton and Squash Club
Keene Valley Country Club
Benefit Committee, Tibet House Carnegie Hall Concert
Harvard Club of New York

lapsed memberships :
The Century Association
Keene Volunteer Fire Department
Katonah Volunteer Fire Department
 

Magazine Pieces:
review of Isabel Hilton's "The Search for the Panchen Lama," Tricycle, fall 2000
"The Years of Golfing Dangerously," Travel and Leisure Golf Magazine, May-June 2000
"The Story of Eau," Travel and Leisure, May 2000
"Flight of the Monarchs," Vanity Fair, November l999
"One Happy Island," Travel & Leisure Family, fall/winter l999
"Montreal's World Beat," Travel & Leisure, July, l999
"And So to Bedford," Vanity Fair, February, l999
"The Navajo Way," Men's Journal, November, 1998
"Hall of Fame : Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.," Vanity Fair, October, l998
"The Final Round of Golf," Adirondack Life, July-August 1998
"From Russia with Love," Polo, May/June l998
"The Search for Bill Murray," Golf Digest, February l998
"Golf in Sacred Lands," Golf Digest, November 1997
"Among the Cowboys," American Heritage, September, l997
"Mobutu's Final Days," Vanity Fair, August 1997
"Links in the Chain," Adirondack Life, August, l997
"The Real Adirondacks," Snow Country, Summer l997
"Camp Life," Vanity Fair, May, 1997
"The Gods Break Through in Uganda," Lapis, Issue Four, spring, l997
"Battle of the Bluebloods," Vanity Fair, October, l996
"Nathan Farb : Behind the Scenes," Adirondack Life, September/October, l996
"Robogolf," Golf Digest, September, l996
"Par Excellence," Adirondack Life, August 1996
"Sun Without a Moon," Vanity Fair, August, l996
"Bomb City," USA, Outside, April, l996
"My Father's Butterfly," Natural History, March, 1996
"Numero Uma," Vanity Fair, January, l996
"Skeletons On Ice," (with son Andre‚), Snow Country, December, l995
"Clinging to Life," Destination Discovery, November, l995
"The Golf Verdict on O.J.," Golf Digest, August, l995
"Golf : the Second Round," Adirondack Life, August, l995
"Trouble in the Land of Muy Verde," Outside, March, 1995 (excerpted in Utne Reader)
"The Secret Life of Stewart's," Adirondack Life, October, 1994
"Gallic Mischief," Comment, The New Yorker, July 18, l994
"To the Mountains, mit Four Teen-age Boys," Outside, August, l994
"Golf on Seven Courses," Adirondack Life, August, l994
"Annals of Civil War : Flight from Death," The New Yorker, June        20, l994
"The 'Warlord' Speaks," The Nation, April 4, l994
"The Coronation of King Ronnie," The New Yorker Times Magazine, October 17, l993
"The Silenced Love Song of Pvt. Clayton Lonetree," Esquire,  November, l993
"Big Linkmanship in Clintonville," Esquire, February, l993
"Rwanda's Aristocratic Guerillas," The New York Times Magazine,  December 13, l992
"Only in the North Country," Adirondack Life, August 1992
"Lhasa Notebook," Tricycle, Spring l992
"Uganda Rising," Cond‚ Nast Traveler, April 1992
"Mengistu : The Fall of Ethiopia's Black Stalin," Vanity Fair,  November, 1991
"Nepal : the Mountain is Rising," Cond‚ Nast Traveler, August,  l991
"Letter From Lhasa : the Silent Killing of Tibet," Vanity Fair, May  l991
"Foxholes," The New Yorker, November 12, 1990
"The Rainforest : A Close-up Look," [Boston] Museum of Science  Magazine," October,
l990  "Letter From the Amazon," Vanity Fair, August, 1990
"The Little Drummer Bird : A Writer Survives the Torments of  Spring," Adirondack Life, May/June l990
"Forever Wild [the Adirondacks]," Cond‚ Nast Traveler, September, l989
"The End of the Tyrannosaur [Paraguay's Stroessner]," Vanity Fair, September, l989
"One More Ski," Adirondack Life, May/June, l989
"Murder in the Rain Forest," Vanity Fair, April l989
"Rio : Is the Carnival Over ?" New York Times Magazine, March 10,   l989
"P.S. : A Leap to the Lost Continent [Madagascar]," Cond‚ Nast  Traveler, November, l988
"A Critic At Large (Henry Walter Bates)," The New Yorker, August   22, l988
"AIDS in Africa : the Search for the Source," Vanity Fair, July   l988
"Our Far-flung Correspondants (Madagascar)," The New Yorker,   March 7, l988
"Bokassa : The Fall of a Savage Emperor," Vanity Fair, June l987
"A Reporter At Large (Colorado Butterflies)," The New Yorker,  December 1, 1986
"The Fatal Obsession of Dian Fossey," Vanity Fair, September l986
"Youth," The New Yorker, April 14, 1986
"A Reporter At Large (The Amazons)," The New Yorker, March 24,  l986
"The Museum of Money," The New Yorker, February 10, 1986
"Turtle," The New Yorker, December 30, l985
"A Reporter At Large (Genealogy)," The New Yorker, May 13, 1985
"A Reporter At Large (Zaire)," The New Yorker, February 6, l984
"Personal History (The Shoumatoff Family)," The New Yorker, April  26 and May 3, l982
"Profiles (Brasilia)," The New Yorker, November 3, l980
"First Snow," New York Times editorial, December 23, 1979
"To the Stone Age and Back : Adventure in the Amazon," Reader's  Digest, April l979
"Inside Jamaica," Outside, April/May 1979
"Science takes up the medieval sport of falconry to reintroduce rare peregrine to a natural
habitat," Smithsonian, December,  l978
"Profiles (Westchester)," The New Yorker, November 13. 1978
"Thirty Days at the Dawn of Time : Amazonia," Outside,   July/August, l978
"The Carville Hansenarium," Saturday Review, October 28, l972
"An Incredibly Brown Cow : Wheeler's Ranch Commune," Village Voice, June 1, l972
"The Black Prince of Fingerpickers," Rolling Stone, January 20,   l972
"The Reverend Gary Davis," Rolling Stone, December 23, l971
"How Was Your Vacation ?," Rolling Stone, October 28, l971
 

Introductions:
Travelers' Tales Brazil, ed. Annette Haddad and Scott Doggett, Travelers Tales, San Francisco, l997
Running the Amazon, Joe Kane, the Adventure Library, l995
The Naturalist on the River Amazons, Henry Walter Bates, Penguin, l988

Collaborations:
Dare to be True : A History of the Rippowam Cisqua School, l995

Anthologies:
Rooted in Rock: New Adirondack Writing, 1975-2000, ed. Jim Gould, Syracuse University Press, 1991
Travelers' Tales American Southwest, ed. Sean O'Reilly and James O'Reilly, Travelers Tales, San Francisco, 2001
Travelers' Tales Brazil, ed. Annette Haddad and Scott Doggett, Travelers Tales, San Francisco, l997
Florida : Past the Present Visions, ed. Vincent P. Betz, Kendall/Hunt, l996
Tales from the Jungle : A Rainforest Reader, ed. Daniel R. Katz and Miles Chapin, Crown, l995
Environmental Crises : Africa and Latin America, Centennial Review, Spring l991
Paths Less Travelled, ed. Richard Bangs and Christian Kallen, Atheneum, l988
The Sacred Theory of the Earth, ed. Thomas Frick, North Atlantic Books, l986
The Adventure Book, Sobek International Explorers' Society, l988

Blurbs:
"Shoumatoff is a genuine citizen of the world, at home with people everywhere, and his
example serves as an inspiration to all who cherish the ties that unite
humankind... In my opinion, he ranks among the very best nature writers of our or any other
time"-- Timothy Ferris

"Consistently the farthest-flung of the New Yorker's far-flung correspondents"-- Edwin
McDowell, the New York Times

"Admirably protean, encyclopedic, and indefatigable, Shoumatoff has the curiosity of an army of
researchers and writes like a house afire"--- Edward Hoagland

"The most engaging and accessible of America's peripatetic explorers"-- Los Angeles Times

"Like a Graham Greene character, Alex Shoumatoff seems drawn to hot, bug-ridden places,
tropical backwaters of the third world, where the superficial comforts and rules of the West do
not apply... his writing combines a naturalist's precision with a journalist's chatty command of
facts"-- Michiko Kakutani, the New York Times

"Shoumatoff is forever drawn to far-off lands"-- Graydon Carter, Vanity Fair

 

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