Authors with Tucson Connections

The authors listed below have connections to Tucson or Southern Arizona. To learn more about them check our E-Library's online resources for Biographies. Look for their books in our catalog.


Born in Tucson

  • Alexander, Sue (1933-2008) Writer
  • Allen, Rupert Clyde (1927-2008) Writer
  • Arce, Hector (1935-1980) Author
  • Arthur, Lowell Jay (1951- ) Writer
  • Bancroft, Peter (1916- ) Author
  • Broyles, Anne (1953- ) Author
  • Chronic, Halka (1923-2013) Geologist, writer
  • De La Garza, Rodolfo O.(1942- ) Political Scientist, writer
  • Dobyns, Henry F. (1925-2009) Anthropologist, author, and researcher
  • Donnithorne, Larry (1944- ) Writer, U.S. Military Academy professor
  • Drucker, Malka (1945- ) Writer
  • Eckholm, Erik Peter (1949- ) Writer
  • Fickett, Harold L., Jr. (1918- 2000) Author, minister
  • Giffords, Gabrielle (1970- ) Retired politician
  • Haberly, David T. (1942- ) Professor, writer
  • Harrison, Allan E. (1925- ) Author
  • Harrison, Nora Vitz (1955- ) Writer
  • Henderson, Zenna Chlarson (1917- ) Elementary school teacher, Sci-fi/Fantasy Author
  • Hillman, Brenda (1951- ) Author
  • Houck, Colleen (1969- ) Writer
  • Hoff, Carol (1900-1979) Author
  • Hom, Ken (1949- ) Chef, writer
  • Itule, Bruce D. (1947- ) Editor, writer
  • Kellogg, Mary Alice (1948- ) writer, editor and corporate consultant
  • Martin, Patricia Preciado (1939- ) writer
  • Miller, Worth Robert (1943- ) College professor, writer
  • Mitton, Bruce Harold (1950- ) Free-lance writer, photographer
  • Morales, Aaron Michael (1976- ) College professor, writer
  • Murphy, James Martin (1917- )
  • Rogers, Bruce Holland a.k.a Hanovi Braddock (1958-) Writer
  • Smith, Kerri S. (1960- ) Author
  • Spoehr, Alexander (1913-1992) Anthropologist, author
  • Stone, Jennifer (1933- ) Writer
  • Sutton, Kelsey (1992- ) Author
  • Wallraff, Barbara Jean (1953- ) Writer
  • Warren, Kenneth W. (1957- ) Author
  • Welch, Michelle M. (1971- ) Author

Died in Tucson

  • Abbey, Edward (1927-1989) Author, environmentalist
  • Anderson, Jon (1940-2007) Poet
  • Angier, Bradford (1910-1997) Writer
  • Ball, Edith Louise (1905-1996) Writer
  • Baylor, Byrd (1924-2021) Writer
  • Beal, Merrill D. (1898-1990) Writer
  • Blake, Michael (1943-2015) Writer, screenwriter
  • Bok, Bart Jan (1906-1983) Astronomer, educator, and author
  • Bondurant, Joan Valerie (1918-2006) College teacher, author
  • Bordes, Francois (1919-1981) Archeologist, educator, and author
  • Bradley, Donald A. (1925-1974) Scientific researcher, astrologer, and writer
  • Bredvold, Louis I. (1888-1977) Writer
  • Brookbank, George (1925-2018) Horticulturalist, educator, author
  • Brown, Fredric (1906-1972) Author
  • Burroughs, Robert C. (1920-2003) Drama teacher, writer
  • Chilcott, John Henry (1924-1998) Writer
  • Clark, Ann Nolan (1896-1995) Writer
  • De Grazia, Ettore “Ted” (1909-1982) Artist, author
  • Dickinson, Robert Eric (1905-1981) College professor, writer
  • Feinberg, Joel (1926-2004) Writer, editor
  • Finney, Charles G. (1905-1984) Writer
  • Fontana, Bernard Lee (1931-2016) Writer, historian
  • Franken, Rose (Dorothy) (1895 -1988) Stage writer, writer
  • Garrison, Paul (1918-1997) Movie producer, writer
  • Gillmor, Frances (1903-1993) Writer
  • Glatzer, Nahum Norbet (1903-1990) Writer
  • Gordon, Gordon (1906-2002) Writer, screenwriter
  • Gordon, Mildred (1912-1979) Editor, screenwriter, and author
  • Gray, Genevieve Stuck (1920-1995) Writer
  • Gurney, J. Eric (1910 -1992) Cartoonist, illustrator, and Canadian writer
  • Haury, Emil Walter (1904-1992) Archaeologist, anthropologist, educator, and writer
  • Hays, Paul R. (1903-1980) Writer
  • Helmericks, Constance (1918-1987) Writer
  • Hirschi, Travis (1935-2017) Sociologist, writer
  • Houghton, Neal D. (1895-1985) Writer
  • Ignatiev, Noel (1940-2019) Historian, writer
  • Ingalls, Jeremy (1911-2000) Writer
  • Inman, Will (1923-2009) Poet
  • Johnson, Enid (1892-1969) Writer
  • Ketcham, Carl H. (1923-1991) Editor, writer
  • Kick, Russ (1969-2021) Writer, editor, publisher
  • Kolodny, Annette (1941-2019) Writer
  • Krakel, Dean (1923-1998) Writer
  • Krevitsky, Nathan I. (1914-1991) Writer
  • Krutch, Joseph Wood (1893-1970) Writer
  • Kuykendall, Ralph Simpson (1885-1963) Historian, writer
  • Lamphere, Robert J. (1918-2002) Former FBI agent, writer
  • Mairs, Nancy (1943-2016) Author
  • Mettler, Barbara (1907-2002) Dancer, educator, filmmaker, writer
  • Nye, Nelson Coral (1907-1997) Writer
  • Oberman, Heiko Augustinus (1930-2001) Writer
  • Orlen, Steve (1942-2010) Writer, poet
  • Roemer, William F., Jr. (1926-1996) Writer
  • Russ, Joanna (1937-2011) Science Fiction author
  • Schellie, Don (1932-1993) Writer
  • Sonnichsen, C. L. (1901-1991) Writer
  • Speare, Elizabeth George (1908-1994) Writer
  • Tate, Velma (1913-1997) Writer
  • Vicker, Ray (1917-2000) Journalist, author
  • Woodin, Ann (1926-2017) Author

Has Lived, or Currently Lives, in Tucson

  • Ai (1947-2010) Writer and poet; Grew up in Tucson
  • Arthur, Karl (1952- ) Writer; Attended University of Arizona
  • Baker, Jes (1986 - ) Writer
  • Baldwin, Gordon C. (1908-1984) Writer, archaeologist, anthropologist; Attended University of Arizona
  • Benaron, Naomi (1951- ) Author
  • Bernheimer, Kate (1950- ) Author
  • Bowden, Charles (1945-2014) Writer, journalist
  • Bowers, Janice Emily (1950- ) Writer, botanist
  • Bradbury, Ray (1920-2012) Writer
  • Brown, Joseph Paul Summers (1930-2021 ) Writer
  • Brown, Wynne (?) Writer, editor, graphic designer
  • Caldwell, Erskine (1903-1987) Writer
  • Calhoun, Scott (?) Author
  • Cantú, Francisco (?) Author
  • Carrell, Jennifer Lee (1962- ) Author
  • Celt, Adrienne (?) Writer, cartoonist, former Writer in Residence
  • Cleere, Jan (?) Author, historian
  • DeBarbieri, Lili (?) Author, librarian, travel expert, former Writer in Residence
  • Deming, Alison Hawthorne (1946- ) Writer, poet; Lives in Tucson part time
  • Doss, Helen Grigsby (1915-2013) Writer
  • Hatcher, Alice (?) Author, poet, former Writer in Residence
  • Hayes, J.M. (1944- ) Author, former Writer in Residence
  • Hubka, Betty (Josephine Morgan) (1924-2013) Writer
  • Iserson, Kenneth Victor (1949- ) Writer, physician
  • Jance, Judith Ann (1944- ) Author; Lives in Tucson part-time
  • Jernigan, Gisela Evelyn (1948- ) Writer
  • Johnson, Fenton (1953- ) Writer; Currently lives in Tucson
  • Kingsolver, Barbara (1955- ) Author; Lived in Tucson from 1977-2004
  • Kohanov, Linda (?) Author, lecturer, horse trainer
  • Levy, David H. (1948- ) Astronomer, writer
  • Lodato, Victor (1968- ) Author; Lives part time in Tucson
  • Lowell, Susan (1950- ) Author
  • McKiernan, Dennis L. (1932- ) Science Fiction/Fantasy author
  • McNamee, Gregory (1957- ) Writer, editor, photographer, publisher, former Writer in Residence
  • Miller, Susan Cummins (1949- ) Writer, former Writer in Residence
  • Millet, Lydia (1968- ) Novelist
  • Momaday, N. Scott (1934- ) Novelist, poet
  • Nabhan, Gary (1952- ) Agricultural ecologist, ethnobotanist, author; Founder of Native Seeds
  • Otero, Lydia R. (1955- ) Writer, historian, memoirist
  • Pellegrino, Marjorie White "Marge" (?) Author, teacher, former Writer in Residence
  • Phillips, Logan (1983- ) Poet, performer, DJ, educator, former Writer in Residence
  • Porter, Liza (1956- ) Poet
  • Regan, Margaret (1952- ) Author, journalist, former Writer in Residence
  • Reid, Kiley (1987- ) Novelist
  • Rex, Adam (?) Illustrator
  • Seiferle, Rebecca (?) Poet
  • Shane, C. J. (1948- ) Mystery author
  • Sharmat Marjorie Weinman (1928-2019) Writer
  • Shelton, Richard (1933- ) Writer, poet
  • Silko, Leslie Marmon (1948- ) Poet, writer
  • Simner, Janni Lee (1967- ) Fantasy author, former Writer in Residence
  • Skibsrud, Johanna (1980- ) Author
  • Stewart, Jennifer J. (1960- ) Author, children's author, former Writer in Residence
  • Story, Ronald D. (1946- ) Writer
  • Tarr, Judith (1955- ) Fantasy author
  • Vornholt, John (1951- ) Science Fiction/Fantasy author, screenwriter, journalist
  • Weil, Andrew (1942- ) Writer, physician
  • Wells, Catherine (1952- ) Writer
  • Windling, Terri (1958- ) Fantasy author
  • Wright, Harold Bell (1872-1944) Writer
  • Zepeda, Ofelia (1954- ) Writer, poet

Sources:

  • Newspaper articles from the Arizona Daily Star, the Tucson Citizen, and the New York Times. Various online sources.
  • "Vaya Con Dios, Tucson."  Arizona Daily Star. May 9, 2004. Page B7. (About Barbara Kingsolver)
  • Almanac of famous people: a comprehensive reference guide to more than 30,000 famous and infamous newsmakers from Biblical times to the present. Detroit, Mich.: Gale Research Co., c1998. Edition 6th ed.
  • Gale Biography Resource Center, Gale Biography in Context, and Literature Resource Center - Writer and Author Biographies | Found at Online Resources - Biographies

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