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Author, Adventurer Jenkins Joins UW Staff

December 24, 2008
Man on river bank
Mark Jenkins on West Africa's Niger River.

Mark Jenkins, a critically acclaimed author and internationally known adventurer, has formalized his longstanding relationship with the University of Wyoming by accepting a senior lecturer position.

A native of Laramie, Jenkins will contribute lectures and presentations to classes in UW's Creative Writing Program, the International Studies Program and the Outdoor Adventure Program.

"For most university faculty members, the frontier of knowledge is a metaphor," says UW Provost Myron Allen. "For Mark, the term is literal, and it barely begins to describe the physical and psychic rigors that he endures in pursuing his craft."

Jenkins is a contributing writer for National Geographic magazine, and he wrote a monthly column, "The Hard Way," for Outside magazine. With a circulation of about 700,000 and readership of about 2.2 million, Outside is the only magazine in history to win three consecutive National Magazine Awards for General Excellence.

In addition, Jenkins has writen three books that document his adventures in remote parts of the world, including Africa, Asia, Europe and Siberia, among other places.

For more information about Jenkins, go to his official Web site at

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