Chellis Glendinning

Chellis Glendinning
Chellis Glendinning

Chellis Glendinning (born June 1947) is a European-American author of creative nonfiction, licensed psychotherapist,[1] and political activist. She is noted as a pioneer in the field of ecopsychology,[2] a proponent of land-based culture, and a critic of technological society, having worked with such contemporaries as Jerry Mander, Vandana Shiva, Helena Norberg-Hodge, and Kirkpatrick Sale.[3]

Glendinning's relations include Thomas Hooker, founder of the colony of Connecticut; Dr. Frank E. Bunts, founder of the Cleveland Clinic; and the civil rights activist, her mother Mary Hooker Glendinning.[4]

She has written five books, as well as for journals, magazines, and newspapers including Orion, CounterPunch, ColdType: The Reader, Alternet, Tikkun, Race, Poverty and the Environment San Francisco Bay Guardian and Santa Fe New Mexican.

Glendinning was featured in the 2007 documentary What a Way to Go: Life at the End of Empire.

In 2007 Glendinning’s bilingual folk opera De Un Lado Al Otro, written in collaboration with ethnomusicologist Cipriano Vigil, was presented at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe NM. Robert Castro directed.[5]

Glendinning graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in social sciences in 1969,[6] at which time she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa (Alpha of California Chapter).[7] She received her Ph.D. in psychology from Columbia Pacific University in 1984.[8]

Her Off the Map won the 2000 National Federation of Press Women Book Award in general nonfiction, and Chiva was honored with the same award in 2006. In 1989 she received the New Mexico Humanities Council First Times Award for Short Story Writing,[9] and was named Best Local Writer by the Río Grande Sun of Española NM in 2000 and 2003.[10]

In 1997 Glendinning won the Río Arriba County, Zero Injustice Award for her “courageous stand in support of the customs, culture, and traditions of the Native American and Indo-Hispano people of northern New Mexico."[11]

Her papers are housed in the Labadie Collection of the University of Michigan.[12]




  • De Un Lado Al Otro, with composer Cipriano Vigil, 2006.

Selected Essays

  • "Cuestionando la Tecnología: Si al Alambre de Fardo y No a las Torres de Microondas" in Amadao Lascár y Jesús Sepúlveda, eds., Rebeldes y Terrestres: Propuestas de Cambio y Subversión. Santiago de Chile: Mosquito Comunicaciones, 2008.
  • "Cheering for Morgan Stanley," [2], Counterpunch, November 18, 2008.
  • "Wireless Mind, Gullible Mind," [3], Counterpunch, October 10–12, 2008.
  • "Technofascismo: Los Mecanismos del Totalitarianismo Inverso," Rebelión, translated by Germán Leyens, June 20, 2008.
  • "Techno-Fascism: Every Move You Make," [4] Counterpunch, June 19, 2008.
  • "Notes toward a Neo-Luddite Manifesto," Utne Reader, 38, no. 1 (March/April 1990): 50–53.
  • "Technology, Trauma, and the Wild." In Ecopsychology: Restoring the Earth, Healing the Mind. edited by T. Roszak, et al., 41–54. San Francisco. Sierra Club Books, 1995
  • "La Tecnología, El Trauma, y Lo Salvaje," PanNatura. Quito de Ecuador: Fundación Sangay, 2006.
  • "Cocaína No, Coca Sí," April 2006.
  • “Hear Tell: Invisibility, Invasiveness, and the Cell Phone,”, Spring 2002.
  • “Re-membering Decolonization,” Tikkun, January/February 2002.
  • “Fear and Loathing in Los Alamos: On the Lam from the Cerro Grande Fire,” Orion, Winter 2001.
  • "The Conversation We Haven’t Had: Trauma, Technology, and the Wild" in Michael Shuman and Julia Sweig, eds., Technology for the Common Good. Washington DC: Institute for Policy Studies Books, 1993.
  • "Men/Women, War/Peace: A Systems Approach" (with Ofer Zur) in Mark Macy, ed., Solutions for a Troubled World. Boulder CO: Earthview Press, 1987.


  1. ^ Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor/Licensed Mental Health Counselor #1946, State of New Mexico, USA. Issue date: July 31, 1994.
  2. ^ Theodore Roszak, Mary E. Gomes, and Allen D. Kanner, eds., Ecopsychology: Restoring the Earth, Healing the Mind. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 1995, pp. 44-54, 336; JayWalljasper and Jon Spade, eds., Visionaries: People and Ideas to Change Your Life. Gabriola Island CAN: New Society Publishers, 2001, pp. 260-263; and John Mongillo and Bibi Booth, eds., Environmental Activists. Westport CT: Greenwood Press, 2001, pp. 110-114.
  3. ^ Stephanie Mills, ed., Turning Away from Technology. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 1997, p. xxviii; and Z. Pascal Zachary, “Not So Fast,” Wall Street Journal, June 26, 1997.
  4. ^ Simon Sacket's Ancestors and Descendents,
  5. ^  ; and hol.
  6. ^ University of California Berkeley, Class of 1969; and Mongillo and Booth, pp. 110-114
  7. ^ Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha of California, 1969; and Mongillo and Booth, pp. 110-114.
  8. ^ Columbia Pacific University, San Rafael CA, Class of 1984;
  9. ^ Laura Buelow, Chellis Glendinning and Marjorie Moore, First Times in New Mexico. Albuquerque NM: Educational Foundations, Special Projects, University of New Mexico, 1990
  10. ^ “Readers Choice 2000”/”Best Local Writer,” Río Grande Sun, August 2000; and “Readers Choice 2003”/”Glendinning Top Writer,” Río Grande Sun, 24 July 2003.
  11. ^ [1]
  12. ^ Accession Form #08-L13, University of Michigan/Special Collections Library. Date of Accession: 21 August 2008. Collection Name: Glendinning, Chellis, Papers. Processor: Will Lovick, 16 September 2008;

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