Dan Flores is a writer and former professor, born and raised in Louisiana but a resident of the American West - West Texas, Montana, now the Santa Fe area of Northern New Mexico - for more than 35 years. He spent most of his university career at the University of Montana in Missoula, where he was A. B. Hammond Professor of the History of the American West. A writing career that has so far produced ten books started with a major book on western exploration, followed by one on Indian traders in the Southwest. He went on to write several creative nonfiction and historical books about places in the American West, from the Llano Estacado and the Near Southwest to the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains.
His articles and essays on the environment, art, and culture of the West have appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, Texas Monthly, Orion, New Mexico Magazine, Wild West, Southwest Art, High Country News, and The Big Sky Journal, for which he wrote a column, "Images of the American West," for eight years.