Sing loud for the sunshine, pray hard for the rain.

Sing loud for the sunshine, pray hard for the rain.

I live in Santa Fe County, New Mexico, with my wife and children where I write about history, nature, the out-of-doors and rambling the American Southwest.

My work has been published by ESPN, Farmer's Almanac, New York Times, Ohio Magazine, Outdoor Life, Country Living, Colorado Country Life, TROUT, Home & Away, Sporting Classics, Iron Worker, Tennessee Magazine, Wild West, and Women in the Outdoors to name a few. 

I've been a columnist and contributing editor for Grouse Point AlmanacSouthwest Flyfishing, and its two sister pubs, Eastern Flyfishing and Northwest Flyfishing, as well as the Albuquerque Journal, and Sportsman's Guide. I presently write an outdoors and travel column called "Backyard Trails" for Enchantment Magazine, published in Santa Fe.

Artist Joe Tomelleri, "The Audubon of Fishes," and I embarked to build high-quality fish I.D. guides covering nearly the entire United States with Quick Reference Publishing. QRP is by far the best in the business. Our 30 titles cover the sport fishes one is likely to catch from Washington's Puget Sound to Florida's Suwannee River. My favorite is Game Fishes of the Southern Rockies as it sports the Rio Grande cutthroat trout on the cover. 

My interests meld in my academic background. I earned a B.S. in Fisheries Science at New Mexico State University, Go Aggies! and an M.Sc. in Fish Ecology at the University of Arizona. I capped it all off with an M.A. in Rhetoric and Writing at the University of New Mexico, with a thesis on the rhetoric of nature and conservation. 

The Outdoor Writers Association of America, the Southeast Outdoor Press Association; and the American Fisheries Society have recognized my work with excellence in craft awards.

We inherited our family home, the historic Miller House in Hillsboro, New Mexico, and it serves as a source of inspiration for our New Mexican heritage and history.

Be rhetorical: craig@lobo.net

Photos: Black Range Museum, Terry Bierwirth