• 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.


  • December – 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



  • Dec – I’m featured as the “Alumni of the Month” in the Southern Arizona Science & Engineering Fair newsletter.
  • May 24 – Listen to me discuss science communication on a local Flagstaff radio show, This Is The Colorado Plateau
  • March 28 – I’m mentioned among this list of women writing the west, written by Sarah Boon on Literary Hub.
  • Jan 11 – Mythical River mentioned in NAU News
  • Jan – Mythical River chosen for One Book Yuma for 2018. See this article in the Yuma Sun (subscription required) or read about it in Yuma News Now.


  • 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