Sunday LIVE Host Brad Wetzler on Tonight’s Guest, Katie Arnold
Tonight, Writing for Peace Sunday Live welcomes memoirist and journalist Katie Arnold.
I couldn’t be more excited to have Katie on the show. She will read from her memoir Running Home as well as from her various published essays.
I did the math this morning, and I realized that I’ve known Katie for 25 years. We got to know each other during our shared involvement with the editing and publishing of “Into Thin Air,” the longform magazine article by Jon Krakauer, which ran in Outside in the fall of 1996. Then, I was a 30-year-old editor working on the biggest assignment of my young career. Meanwhile, Katie was a twenty-something fact-checker with the near-impossible task of verifying Krakauer’s incredible account of the deadly storm on Mount Everest that took the lives of 10 people. I say, nearly impossible because the minds of EVERYBODY involved in the story, including Krakauer, was compromised by hypoxia and trauma. During the month that that story came together, Katie appeared at my office door dozens of times a day with new revelations, facts, twists, and wrinkles in that ground-breaking, tragic adventure story. Together, we got through that experience, and we both went on to have careers as editors and magazine writers. Flash forward 25 years, and Katie, now an author, mother of two girls, an elite ultra-distance runner, and a Zen Buddhist, is at work on her second book. I am curious to talk with her about all of it. I’m especially curious to hear her thoughts on how writing helped her heal the grief of the loss of her father, how running and meditation fuel her creativity. I also hope to hear more about her strong belief that we, kids especially, need time in wild places in order to thrive and feel connected to ourselves and our world. We will also get a peek into her next book, which she is currently writing. It promises to be an extraordinary night of storytelling and reflection. I hope to see you on Zoom with us at 8 pm ET, 5 pm PT.
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Sunday LIVE Host Brad Wetzler is an author, journalist, editor, and teacher. A former senior editor at Outside and former contributing editor at George and National Geographic Adventure magazines, Wetzler traveled the world writing articles about far-ranging topics including politics, exploration, the environment, travel, and sport. His articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, Wired, GQ, National Geographic, Men’s Journal, Yoga Journal, Travel + Leisure, the Best American Travel Writing series, and many other publications. He is a former columnist for Outside and Universal Press Syndicate, and his book, Real Mosquitoes Don’t Eat Meat, was published by W.W. Norton’s Countryman Press. He is working on a travel memoir about faith, yoga, and the psychology of spiritual seeking. He lives in Boulder, Colorado, where he writes, edits, teaches yoga, and hikes the Front Range with his dog Tommy.
About Katie Arnold:
Katie Arnold is a contributing editor and former managing editor at Outside Magazine, where she worked on staff for 12 years. She created and launched the popular Raising Rippers column, about bringing up adventurous kids, which appears monthly on Outside Online and has grown to become one of the site’s most popular blogs. Her 2014 story “Don’t Let Youth Sports Hijack Your Life” was one of the most-read posts on Outside Online. Her 2018 essay in Outside Magazine, “Want a Strong Kid? Encourage Play, Not Competition,” was nominated for a National Magazine Award in service journalism.
In addition to Outside, her stories have appeared in The New York Times, Men’s Journal, ESPN the Magazine, Marie Claire, Runner’s World, Elle, and Sunset, among others. Her long-form profiles have been named runner-up in The Best American Sports Writing 2008 and nominated for a Western Publishing Association magazine award, and her essays have been anthologized in Woman’s Best Friend, Another Mother Runner, and P.S. What I Didn’t Tell you. She is co-author of the blog Writing from the Nest., and she edited the photography book, Rio Grande: An Eagle’s View, published by WildEarth Guardians.
Katie has been awarded prestigious literary fellowships at the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming and the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire, where she was named the Robert and Stephanie Olmsted Fellow in 2016. She has been featured on NPR Weekend Edition Sunday, as well as on Ultrarunner Podcast and the Upaya Zen Center Podcast, among others. She has three times been a guest lecturer at Colorado College’s “Writing Wild: Literary Journalism of the Outdoors” course, and teaches writing workshops exploring the link between movement and creativity.
An elite ultra runner, Katie is the 2018 women’s champion of Leadville Trail 100 Run, where she finished 11th overall in field of more than 700 runners. She won the 2018 Jemez Mountains 50 Mile, 2014 TransRockies 3-Day Trail Run, Jemez Mountains 50K, the Mount Taylor 50K. She is a two-time overall champion and course record holder at the Angel Fire 100K. Katie is a sponsored athlete for GU Energy Labs and Balega Socks. As part of her ongoing effort to encourage young athletes, she founded a children’s trail running club, gives motivational talks, and coaches girls’ lacrosse in Santa Fe.
Katie lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with her husband, Steve Barrett, their two daughters and two dogs. In her spare time, she likes to ride her bike, ski, go on river trips, hike, write fiction, and read. A restless and fledging student of Zen, she is slowly learning to sit still, but she’s happiest outside in motion. As the poet Mary Oliver once said, “I don’t like to be indoors.”
Running Home is her first book.
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