Wendy Call

Washington, United States

Wendy Call has served as Writer in Residence at twenty institutions, including universities, national parks, high schools, visual art centers, and a public hospital. Recent locales include Everglades and Joshua Tree National Parks, Harborview Medical Center, New College of Florida, and Seattle University. She co-edited Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers’ Guide (Penguin, 2007). Her book No Word for Welcome: The Mexican Village Faces the Global Economy (Nebraska, 2011) won Grub Street’s National Book Prize for Nonfiction. She is currently writing about national parks and translating indigenous Mexican poetry, with support from Artist Trust, the Seattle CityArtist Program and Jack Straw Productions. She works as a writer and editor in Seattle, and teaches in Goddard College’s Vermont-based BFA in Writing Program.

Website: http://www.wendycall.com


  • No Word for Welcome: The Mexican Village Faces the Global Economy , University of Nebraska Press (June 1, 2011)
  • Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers' Guide from the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University , Penguin / Plume (January 31, 2007)


  • Grub Street National Book Prize for Nonfiction(2011)
  • International Latino Book Award for Best History / Political Book(2012)


  • BFA Faculty and Duende Faculty Advisor at Goddard College (March 2013 - )
  • Distinguished Writer in Residence at Cornell College (September 2011 - October 2011)
  • Writer in Residence at New College of Florida (December 2009 - May 2010)
  • Distinguished Northwest Writer in Residence at Seattle University (January 2009 - April 2009)


  • Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Oberlin College (May 1990)
  • Master of Fine Arts in Writing and Literature from Bennington Writing Seminars (June 2007)

Genres of Interest

Creative nonfiction, Poetry