bio/press kit


Lyanda Lynn Haupt is a naturalist, eco-philosopher, and speaker whose writing is at the forefront of the movement to connect people with nature in their everyday lives. Her newest book is Mozart’s Starling (Little, Brown, April, 2017).

Lyanda’s previous books include: The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild, (Little, Brown in fall, 2013), finalist for the Orion Book Award; Crow Planet: Essential Wisdom from the Urban Wilderness, (Little, Brown in July 2009), winner of the 2010 Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award; Pilgrim on the Great Bird Continent: The Importance of Everything and Other Lessons from Darwin’s Lost Notebooks, (Little, Brown, 2004); and  Rare Encounters with Ordinary Birds (Sasquatch), winner of the 2002 Washington State Book Award.

Lyanda has created and directed educational programs for Seattle Audubon, worked in raptor rehabilitation in Vermont, and been a seabird researcher for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the remote tropical Pacific. Her writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including Utne, LA Times, Image, Open Spaces, Huffington Post, Wild Earth, and Conservation Biology Journal. She lives in Seattle with her husband and daughter, a mixed backyard chicken flock, and Carmen the starling, featured in her newest book.

Keynotes and Speaking Engagements

Lyanda is available for keynotes and speaking engagements on the themes she addresses in her writing, as well as book readings and signings, and classes about writing creative non-fiction. Upcoming events are listed on the events page.

Contact her through her agent or by e-mailing her at

Lyanda invites you to become her fan on Facebook, follow her on Instagram, and to read her blog, The Tangled Nest.

If you are a journalist or blogger writing about Lyanda or reviewing her writing, please feel free to use these materials, and to contact Lyanda for an interview or appearance.

Urban Bestiary Cover


The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild
by Lyanda Lynn Haupt
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (September 17, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-0316178525
Price: $27.00
Also available in a Kindle edition.



Media resources:
lyandahaupttinyLyanda is pronounced “Lie-anda”  (rhymes with panda); Haupt starts with the syllable “how,” and both the “p” and the “t” are pronounced at the end.

Large jpg file of The Urban Bestiary cover.

Small jpg file of the Crow Planet cover (right click the link to download file).

High resolution print-ready jpg file of the Crow Planet cover (right click the link to download file).

Small jpg author photo of Lyanda Lynn Haupt (Credit: Tom Furtwangler) (right click the link to download file).

High resolution photo of Lyanda Lynn Haupt (Credit: Tom Furtwangler) (right click the link to download file).

Hachette Book Group website for The Urban Bestiary.

You can watch video excerpts of one of Lyanda’s Crow Planet speaking engagements here and here.


Previous coverage of Lyanda and her writing:
The Urban Bestiary: Publisher’s Weekly, starred review: “In this sparkling follow-up to Crow Planet, Haupt returns to the urban wilds.
The Urban Bestiary excerpt in Discover magazine: “What you don’t know about the wild animals in your city.
Crow Planet: New York Times Sunday Book Review: “Lyrical narrative that blends science and conscience.
Crow Planet: The Oregonian review: “Her enthusiasms are infectious.
Crow Planet: Los Angeles Times review: “Haupt tells her tale beautifully.