Listening for Coyote


by William L. Sullivan

Listening for Coyote:

A Walk Across Oregon's Wilderness

Author William L. Sullivan set out to investigate Oregon's wilderness on a 1,361-mile solo backpacking trek in the summer of 1985, walking alone from the state's westernmost shore at Cape Blanco to Oregon's easternmost point in Hells Canyon. His journal of that two-month adventure, published as Listening for Coyote, was chosen by the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission in 2005 as one of the 100 most significant books in Oregon's history.

Since then Sullivan has written a dozen books and countless articles about Oregon, including a "Oregon Trails" feature column for Eugene's Register-Guard. A fifth-generation Oregonian, Sullivan received an English degree from Cornell University, studied linguistics at Germany's Heidelberg University, and earned an M.A. in German literature from the University of Oregon.

Sullivan's hobbies include backcountry ski touring, playing the harpsichord, reading foreign language novels, and promoting libraries. He and his wife, Janell Sorensen, live in Eugene, but they spend summers in a log cabin they built by hand on a roadless stretch of a remote river in Oregon's Coast Range.