William L. Fox is a writer whose work is a sustained inquiry into how human cognition transforms land into landscape. His numerous nonfiction books rely upon fieldwork with artists and scientists in extreme environments to provide the narratives through which he conducts his investigations. He also serves as the Director of the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno.
Fox was born in San Diego and attended Claremont McKenna College. He has edited several literary magazines and presses, among them the West Coast Poetry Review, and worked as a consulting editor for university presses, as well as being the former director of the poetry program at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. In the visual arts, Fox has exhibited text works in more than two dozen group and solo exhibitions in seven countries
Fox has published poems, articles, reviews, and essays in more than seventy magazines, has had fifteen collections of poetry published in three countries, and has written eleven nonfiction books about the relationships among art, cognition, and landscape. He has also authored essay for numerous exhibition catalogs and artists’ monographs.
In 2001-02 he spent two-and-a-half months in the Antarctic with the National Science Foundation in the Antarctic Visiting Artists and Writers Program. He has also worked as a team member of the NASA Haughton-Mars Project, which tests methods of exploring Mars on Devon Island in the Canadian High Arctic. He was a visiting scholar at the Getty Research Institute, the Clark Institute, the Australian National University and the National Museum of Australia. He has also twice been a Lannan Foundation writer-in-residence.
Fox has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Selected Works on landscape by William L. Fox
AEREALITY: Essays on the World (Counterpoint, 2009)
Photography and Flight (Reaktion, 2009)
In the Desert of Desire: Las Vegas and the Culture of Spectacle (University of Nevada Press, 2005)
Terra Antarctica: Looking into the Emptiest Continent (Counterpoint, 2005)
Playa Works (University of Nevada Press, 2002)
The Black Rock Desert (University of Arizona Press, 2002)
View Finder: Mark Klett, Photography, & the Reinvention of Landscape (University of New Mexico Press, 2001)
The Void, the Grid, & the Sign: Traversing the Great Basin (University of Utah Press, 2000) and in paperback (University of Nevada Press, 2005)
Driving by Memory (University of New Mexico Press, 1999)