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Frank Waters Chronology

Click dates of interest in table below.

         1902-1945            1946-1969            1970-2002



Published works appear in Pink.

1970 -1971                             

Met Barbara Hayes, summer 1970.  Awarded Rockefeller Foundation grant, used for new roof and research in Mexico and Guatemala, fall - spring. 

Conversations with Frank Waters, by John R. Milton, was published.                               

June 30, 1971:  Pike’s Peak published by Swallow Press, Inc. 



Awarded Honorary Doctorate by University of Albuquerque.              

Awarded Honorary Doctorate by Colorado State University.                   

Frank Waters (literary criticism), by Thomas J. Lyon, was published.                                      

December 28: To Possess the Land published by Swallow Press, Inc.     


Wintered in Sedona, Arizona. 

Traveled to Vera Cruz and eastern coast of Mexico with Barbara Hayes.    


Given New Mexico Arts Commission Award for Achievement and Excellence in Literature. 

Annual “Studies in Frank Waters” publication initiated, edited by Dr. Charles Adams. 

Wintered in Sedona, Arizona.                      

June 16: Mexico Mystique published by Swallow Press, Inc.       


Awarded Honorary Doctorate by New Mexico State University.                   

Fall, traveled in China. 

Wintered in Tucson, Arizona.  Drove to Alamos, Mexico, with Barbara Hayes (Christmas - New Year’s).                                                                 


Awarded Honorary Life Membership in National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.  Purchased Tucson home with Barbara Hayes.                                                             


Presented “A Nebulous Frontier” at University of Alberta conference, Banff, Canada. 

Awarded Honorary Doctorate by University of New Mexico. 

Awarded Honorary Doctorate by Colorado College, Colorado Springs.           


Drove to and from Mexico and Guatemala with Barbara Hayes; married December 23.     


Awarded Life Membership in Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association. 

Wrote chapter “Neihardt and the Vision of Black Elk” for Sender of Words, ed. by Vine Deloria, Jr. 


                                                            from The Man Who Killed the Deer


May, gave annual W.Y. Evans-Wentz Lecture at Stanford University, titled “Symbols and Sacred Mountains: Comparable Themes in Buddhism and American Indian Religion,” later published.                    

May, spoke on “Prelude to Change,” University of Nevada, Las Vegas, commencement; published in Nevada Historical Society Quarterly.  William Fiero made multi-media Waters presentation.                                  

July, honored and spoke on “A Pike’s Peak Trilogy” at Penrose Library, Colorado Springs. 

Videotaped by New Mexico State Library, Santa Fe. 

Awarded Fellowship for Creative Writers by the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Wrote chapter “Los Angeles,” published in spring-summer South Dakota Review.                       

September 1, 1981:  Mountain Dialogues published by Swallow Press, Inc.                                                    


January, had first hip replacement surgery.  Traveled in Peru and Bolivia. 

Awarded Honorary Doctorate by University of Nevada, Las Vegas. 

October, spoke at Three Rivers conference, Quebec, with Tony Hillerman and Rudolfo Anaya.  

        Rudolfo Anaya (left), Tony Hillerman second from right             

March 2, 1982:  Cuchama and Sacred Mountains by W.Y. Evans-Wentz, edited by Frank  Waters and Dr. Charles Adams, published by Swallow Press, Inc.                                                                 



Awarded Honorary Doctorate by University of Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs.  

Frank Waters: A Bibliography with Relevant Selections from His Correspondence, by Terence A. Tanner, was published.                                                        


Spoke on “Visions and Revisions,” University of New Mexico.                          

The Lizard Woman, reprint of Fever Pitch with new foreword, published by Thorpe Springs Press. 

January, had pneumonia, first of many times.               


Nominated for Nobel Prize in Literature, first of numerous times.                          

Spoke on “The One Great Book of Life,” Henderson Public Library, Las Vegas, Nevada. 

Frank 1981, Photo by Myron Wood


Spoke on  “The Regional Imperative”  at symposium  “Sundays in Tutt Library with Frank Waters,” Colorado Springs, July 28.                  

Spoke on “Writers’ Roots and Literary Influences” (“Writers and Roots”) at Tucson Public Library’s Writers of the Purple Sage conference.                  

Frank Waters: A Retrospective Anthology, by Charles L. Adams, was published.                                                          



Spoke on “Visions of the Good: What Literature Affirms and How” at Winona, Minnesota, conference. 

Visited by actress Leslie Ann Warren, who had optioned The Woman at Otowi Crossing   (previously optioned by Mosk, Mudd, Rainer).                                                                                                          

Flight from Fiesta published by Rydal Press.    


Revised The Woman at Otowi Crossing.  Revision published by Swallow Press/Ohio University Press. 

Read at second Writers of the Purple Sage conference. 

Wrote  article “Kokopilau, the Humpbacked Flute Player,” published by Shaman’s Drum, one of numerous articles written. 

Interviewed by National Public Radio. 

Eye problems intensified. 

Audio cassettes published: The Man Who Killed the Deer and Frank Waters, Interview.     


Honored by Friends of the Harwood Library for unique contributions to the life and literature of Taos and the Southwest.                  

June, spoke on “A New Look at an Old World View,” Greer Garson Theater, St. John’s College, Santa Fe. 

September, spoke on “TheTide of Change,” Colorado College, and “Women Who Have Influenced Me Most,” Women’s Educational Society luncheon, Colorado Springs.                       

Inducted into Colorado Springs High School’s “Hall of Fame.”   


August, lectured at Baca campus, Crestone, Colorado, for Colorado College. 

September, interviewed in Taos by Charles Adams and Robert Potts for four-day series of videotapes sponsored by Bay Foundation, New York. 

Wrote chapter “The Changing and Unchangeable West” for Growing Up Western, ed. by Clarus Backes. 

Hip reconstructed second time.     


Began working on essays for Of Time and Change. 

Honored at Taos Press Women’s luncheon. 

Wrote foreword for R.C. Gordon-McCutchan’s The Taos Indians and the Battle for Blue Lake, one of many forewords, introductions, prefaces, blurbs, book reviews, and testimonials written by Waters. 

Began using oxygen for emphysema.                                                                                           

Eternal Desert, with photographs by David Muench, published by Arizona Department of Transportation,  Arizona Highways  


Frank Waters Park dedicated across from Waters’ birthplace in Colorado Springs.   

Frank Waters Park

Producer Alton Walpole purchased film rights to The Woman at Otowi Crossing. 

Taos artist Rod Goebel painted Waters’ portrait, now in Frank Waters Room, U. of N.M. 

A Sunrise Brighter Still (literary criticism of Waters’ writings), by Alexander Blackburn, was published.                                                        


Taos mayor proclaimed July 25 “Frank Waters Day.” 

Named first winner of  “Spirit of the West” Literary Achievement Award of  Mountains and Plains Booksellers Association. 

Reminisced with Charles Hathaway about early Colorado Springs for Fall Heritage   Series of the Colorado Pioneers Museum (tapes available). 

    Frank and Charles Hathaway

Visited niece, Arleene Arnell, in Del Mar, California. 

  Frank, Arleene, Barbara and friends

Treated for skin cancer and broken leg.   

Audio cassette published, Hopi: Myths of Native American Lore Recounted by a Famous American.  

Audio cassette made of interview with D. Dunaway, UNM, "Writing the Southwest."   


Frank Waters Foundation (FWF) established. 

FWF newsletter started.                                                                     

Honored with first Frank Waters Writing Award medal at first annual Pikes Peak Writers’ Conference, Colorado Springs. 

New Mexico Governor Bruce King proclaimed June 26 “Frank Waters Day.” 

Frank Waters: Man and Mystic, ed. by Vine Deloria, Jr., was published.  

Began Frank Waters  Southwest Writing Award.                                                      

Brave Are My People published by Clear Light Publishers                                                         




Spoke on and read at “Meet the Artists” series, Taos Inn, Taos.              

Read from Mountain Dialogues and “The Horses” (unpublished) at Adams State College, Alamosa College. 

First Frank Waters Southwest Writing Award won by Professor Jose Martinez; sponsored  by Frank Waters Foundation and Peter and Madeleine Martin Foundation for the Creative Arts. 

Dedication of Frank Waters Room, Zimmerman Library, University of New Mexico. 

Honored as Taos County Living Treasure, and as New Mexico Living Treasure.     


Died at Arroyo Seco home, June 3. 

Opera of The Woman at Otowi Crossing performed in St. Louis, Missouri, June 15.                


First Frank Waters Foundation studio for creative persons completed on Arroyo Seco property. 


FWF presented lecture series at Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos, on Frank Waters: the Man and His Land/ the Women/ the Work.

Groups and speakers discussed The Man Who Killed the Deer and Waters at Second Annual Book Discussion Day, Boulder Public Library, Boulder, Colorado. 

Ted Egri sculpted granite Frank Waters deer memorial, positioned in FWF aspen grove next to granite chair from China.    


Presentation of bronze Frank Waters plaque (created by sculptor Mark Rossi) at Southwest Literature Room, Taos Public Library.       


October:   Of Time and Change published by MacMurray & Beck.


Celebrating the Coyote (memoir of 25-year relationship with Waters), by Barbara Waters, was published.          


  A Frank Waters Reader: A Southwestern Life in Writing, by Thomas J. Lyon, was published.    

  Frank Waters Foundation Press published its first book, Back-Alley Boys by Charles Hathaway, a short memoir about growing up with Frank Waters.


  April -  Tenth Frank Waters Award for Excellence in Literature presented by Pikes Peak District Library to Barbara Kingsolver.

  June - Pure Waters: Frank Waters and the Quest for the Cosmic published -- Waters' second posthumous book.

  July -   Frank Waters Centennial Celebration held July 25-28 in Taos, NM. July 25, his birthday, declared Frank Waters Day locally and statewide.  


Compiled by:                                                                          

Frank Waters (first draft)                                                                   

Charles Adams (expanded second draft)                                                  

Barbara Waters (expanded third draft)                                                                                                 

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