writer, artist, scholar
Gretchen Ernster Henderson writes across environmental arts, humanities, cultural history, and museum studies to cross-pollinate creative and critical practices. The author of four books of nonfiction and fiction, along with opera libretti and art media, her writings have been reviewed in The New Yorker, Guardian, TLS, Literary Review, and TIME, with interviews on NPR and BBC Radio. Recent distinctions include Co-Director of an NEH Institute on Museums: Humanities in the Public Sphere at Georgetown University (2019), Annie Clark Tanner Fellow in Environmental Humanities at the University of Utah (2018-19), Distinguished Speaker in Art History at Rutgers University (2016), Hodson Trust-JCB Fellow in Creative Arts at Brown University (2015-16), and Visiting Artist in Music at MIT’s Center for Art, Science, and Technology (2014). She has taught widely, and her work has been supported by the Mellon Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and artist residency programs, most recently at the Jan Michalski Foundation for Writing and Literature in Switzerland. She is the Associate Director for Research at the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin, and her book on Life in the Tar Seeps: Overlooked Ecologies at Great Salt Lake and Beyond is forthcoming from Trinity University Press.