Teresa Jordan has written or edited seven books about western rural life, culture, and the environment, including the memoir Riding the White Horse Home and the classic study of women on ranches and in the rodeo, Cowgirls: Women of the American West. With her husband, Hal Cannon, she created “The Open Road,” a series of documentary features about the culture and folklife of the American West, for The Savvy Traveler on Public Radio International.
Jordan has been the recipient of the Western Heritage Award for scriptwriting from the Cowboy Hall of Fame, a literary fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts, and many other literary awards. Her most recent book is Field Notes from Yosemite, the second volume in her series of Sketchbook Expeditions.
She is currently at work on a book and associated performances provisionally titled How to Train a Goldfish and Other Stories from the Open Road, travel-inspired pieces that explore, in their presentation, the intersection between literature and oral storytelling.
As part of a “mid-life expansion,” Jordan earned a BFA in fine art at the University of Utah in 2002 and has participated in one- and two-woman shows, as well as group exhibitions, in several western states.