Stephen J. Lyons is the author of four books of essays and journalism: "Landscape of the Heart," "A View from the Inland Northwest," "The 1,000-Year Flood: Destruction, Loss, Rescue, and Redemption along the Mississippi River," and "Going Driftless: Life Lessons from the Heartland for Unraveling Times."
Commenting on "A View from the Inland Northwest," Bill McKibben wrote, "The landscape of the interior west is so magnificent that it usually dwarfs all other impressions. But Stephen Lyons is a fine writer, a fine observer, and a fine neighbor--this book carries the stamp of authenticity on every page and will engage both visitor and resident of the region."
Regarding "A Landscape of the Heart," Terry Tempest Williams wrote, "Stephen Lyons has offered us his grace and compassion through Landscape of the Heart. These essays are the deliberations of a sensitive, intuitive mind, a mind not afraid of exploring regions of the heart, so often sidestepped by men. Through his observations we are challenged and inspired to look more deeply at the world around us. Mr. Lyons' prose reads like poetry and the effect of a lingering memory of love."
William Kittredge wrote, "Stephen J. Lyons writes passionately and eloquently about coming of age, as we must, again and again. He understands the uses of love. His is good work."
In a review of "The 1,000-Year Flood: Destruction, Loss, Rescue, and Redemption along the Mississippi River," Chuck Leddy described this book of narrative journalism as "gripping" and "nuanced." He called Lyons "a gifted reporter."
A review of Stephen's latest book "Going Driftless, Life Lessons from the Heartland for Unraveling Times," in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune stated, "Lyons has written a book of people and their place: of the outsized characters who seek sanctuary in the region’s hills. In particular, he’s interested in the idealists—with their small-scale farms, co-ops and intentional communities—who have gravitated to the Driftless since the 1970s…“Going Driftless” is anything but driftless. These character profiles anchor the book. It is grounded and earthy, inspired by the way a place nurtures us."
Stephen's writings have been published in more than a dozen anthologies and his byline has appeared in The Sun, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reader, Newsweek, Washington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, CASE Currents, Reason, Psychotherapy Networker, Salon, Audubon, USA Today, and dozens more. He has reviewed books for a number of newspapers, including the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle and Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
He received a Notable Essay mention in "The Best American Essays of 2016." In 2002 and in 2006 he was awarded an Illinois Arts Council fellowship for prose writing. Stephen was nominated for a Pushcart Award in 2001 for an essay that appeared The Sun.
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