During the 2013 Winter Words series, Gretel Ehrlich spoke about her book, Facing the Wave, an inspirational account of grief, loss, and hope from survivors of the 2011 tsunami that devastated Japan’s Tohoku Coast. 


Gretel Ehrlich is the author of 13 books including three books of narrative essays, a novel, a memoir, three books of poetry, a biography, and a children’s book, among others. She is the recipient of the 2010 PEN/Thoreau Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship and has received numerous grants for her research, including a grant from the National Geographic Society and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her books include The Solace of Open Spaces, A Match to the Heart, and In the Empire of Ice. Ehrlich’s stories have been published in TIME, Life, National Geographic Magazine, Orion, and Outside magazine, among others. She is a former correspondent for NPR’s Day to Day and has reported from Kosovo, the Arctic, and Africa. Her new book, Facing the Wave, is forthcoming in February 2013. Gretel currently lives on a ranch in Wyoming.