Judson McGehee has been a long-time writer in Flagstaff. He wrote Northland Nature, a column focusing on hiking and Northern Arizona nature in the Daily Sun, from 1976 to 1987. The essays were filled with sensory details, whimsy, and a deep love for the natural world.

Judson-McGeheeHis essay collection, Clear Creek, which was published in November 2014 by Glen Lyon Press, features eighteen selected essays that originally appeared in the column.  Clear Creek and McGehee were featured in a cover story in Flag Live in 2015.

Judson McGehee has long been faithful to both natural beauty and crafted words. He is part of the literary tradition of strong nature writing in Flagstaff. 

After a tour of duty in the U.S. Army, he received a B.A. in Creative Writing and an M.A. in American Literature at Stanford University.  He completed his Ph.D. in English at the University of Michigan.

During a thirty-year career at Northern Arizona University, he taught English and Creative Writing and served as advisor for the university’s literary magazine Pine Knots.  He currently enjoys an active retirement that includes hiking in the woods every day, and he continues to write, especially poetry.  This year he has two more books forthcoming, a collection of short stories and an anthology of his poems.

Judson McGehee resides in Flagstaff with his wife Lyn and their dog Timber.  For the latest on his publications, visit his website below.

Website (and sample of an essay from Clear Creek)