Charles Bowden
Nonfiction Writer and Journalist
Las Cruces, NM
2010 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by The Rockefeller Foundation.

Charles Bowden is a non-fiction writer and journalist. He received degrees from the University of Arizona and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Currently a freelance writer for several periodicals including Esquire, Harpers, Mother Jones, GQ, and National Geographic, Bowden was also a reporter for the Tucson Daily Citizen (1981–84), and the creator, editor, and co-publisher of Tucson’s City Magazine (1985–89). He has published a series of books about the ecology of the Southwest and several others about the secret war of drugs and the U.S./Mexico border, most recently Murder City: Ciudad Juarez and the Global Economy’s New Killing Fields (2010). Bowden co-produced the documentary film, El Sicario Room 164, which played at the Venice Film Festival in 2010.

Photo credit Molly Molloy.

  • Artwork by Charles Bowden
    El Sicario Room 164, 2010; photo credit the artist and Robofilms
Artwork by Charles Bowden