• March – Kirkus gives Brave the Wild River a starred review, calling it “a beautiful tribute to two pioneering women of science.”
  • March – Publisher’s Weekly gives Brave the Wild River a starred review: “Sevigny recreates their expedition in novelistic detail, producing a narrative as propulsive as the current of the Colorado. Readers will be swept away.”
  • February – I moderate a Q&A with Dr. Alan Stern about the future of NASA’s New Horizons mission for Lowell Observatory’s I Heart Pluto Festival. Watch it here.
  • February – I’m featured in this article on women in science in The NAU Review


  • December – Christie Aschwanden gives a shout-out to Brave the Wild River, calling it her favorite nonfiction books of 2022 in her blog post on The Last Word on Nothing, saying, “Sevigny makes Clover and Jotter come alive and will make plant lovers out of any reader.”
  • May – My KNAU story about fishing for exotic brown trout in the Colorado River won two regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for Excellence in Writing and Sports Reporting. (See all the Region 3 winners here).


  • October – I’m featured in Carolyn Wilke’s story “Reporting Unsung Histories of Science,” for The Open Notebook
  • September – “The Price of Cherries” is listed as a notable essay in this year’s edition of Best American Science & Nature Writing.
  • August – Antonia Malchik, author of The Walking Life, plugs Mythical River in this episode of the Mountain & Prairie podcast with Ed Roberson
  • April – Comedians Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds at The Dollop have their own hilarious take on my article in the Atavist about two botanists who rafted the Colorado River in 1938. Listen here.
  • April – Rebecca Lawton features me on her list of women nature writers, with a shout-out to my forthcoming book on Elzada Clover and Lois Jotter.
  • January – Julia Hull interviews me for an episode of her podcast, “WTF, Biology?” We discuss science writing and the legacy of Rachel Carson.


  • IMG_3525December – I’m featured in DJ Lee’s “witness ~ wilderness” newsletter, along with yarn artist Sarah Swett. You can subscribe to the newsletter at the bottom of the page.
  • October – A nice shout-out from Antonia Malchik in her Oct. 27 blog post for “The Wild Ones” in The Atavist Magazine
  • October – “The Wild Ones” in The Atavist Magazine receives the gold prize for adventure travel writing in the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition, hosted by the Society for American Travel Writers
  • October – Book deal announcement: Science journalist Melissa Sevigny’s BRAVE THE WILD RIVER, sold to Matt Weiland at Norton, at auction, by Laurie Abkemeier at DeFiore and Company (world English).
  • June – COVID-19 Seattle Podcast, “Is It Safe To Reopen?
  • February – KJZZ interview, “Navajo Nation Homes Getting Addresses Thanks To Google Project.”
  • January – Science Friday features my story on Biosphere 2’s rainforest research




  • DSCN5037Fall 2017 – Western American Literature reviews Mythical River (print only). Reviewer Hal Crimmel writes that “the author’s gift for storytelling, her delightful turns of phrase, well- researched histories, and updates to ongoing controversies make the book a most enjoyable, worthwhile, and— not least of all— hopeful read.”
  • July/August 2017 – Edible Baja Arizona reviews Mythical River. Reviewer Marguerite Happe says that “Sevigny’s deeply rooted love for the Sonoran Desert pulses through every page … Her prose is abundantly graceful.”
  • June 18, 2017 – C-SPAN Book TV aired this interview about Under Desert Skies
  • May 2017 – Arizona Daily Sun names Mythical River as a summer read
  • March 2017 – Review of Mythical River published in Natural Resources Journal
  • February 2017 – Mythical River named a “Nature Book of Uncommon Merit” and medal finalist by the John Burroughs Association.
  • January 5, 2017 – Mythical River nominated for a Viola Award for Excellence in Storytelling by the Flagstaff Arts Council.
  • January 4, 2017 – I discuss science and writing on the Bill Buckmaster Show.
  • January, 2017 – I’m awarded a 2017 Artist Research and Development Grant, and the Bill Desmond Writing Award, to support work on my next book project.




Video: Under Desert Skies