The Well-Stocked and Gilded Cage
162 pages, paperback: $16.00.
A Rewilding of the Colorado Plateau
University of Georgia Press (Crux), 2023.
Dry Safe & Together:
Small Island/Big Ocean Contingencies
West Virginia University Press (In Place), 2023.
A Writer's Guide and Anthology
William Cordeiro & Lawrence Lenhart
Bloomsbury Academic, 2023.
Finalist for the Ellen Meloy Fund for Desert Writers
Runner-Up for the Waterston Desert Writing Prize.
anthologized in Letters to America
Best of the Net Nominee
Winner, "Best Adaptation Essay"
Notable Essay, Best American Essays 2017
Notable Essay, Best American Essays 2020
"Letter to America/Dear Milo"
"How to Talk Dlak-Thooted Therret: Ventriloquism for the Eremocene"
"This Taxidermy Will Be Mounted to an Interior Wall"
"If the Ferret Crosses the Road,"
Creative Nonfiction, Fall 2017
"A Ferret by Any Other Name"
Willow Springs, Fall 2020
"My Son Was Born to Rob Me of the Glory of Saving the Black-Footed Ferret From Plague"
Orion, Summer 2020
"Where's My Little Ferret"
River Teeth, Spring 2020
"From Petri to Prairie"
High Country News, 2022
Dry Safe & Together
2018 Arizona Commission on the Arts Artist Research and Development Grant; Bill Desmond Writing Award
"Drysafe and Together"
Indiana Review, Spring 2021
"Doudouismé of Kokomo"
March Badness, March 2020
"Late Day in the Country of Eighteen Tides"
Complete Sentence, Summer 2020
& Gilded Cage
“At the least unhinged and quite possibly a little insane, Lawrence Lenhart’s essays are perverse in the best way, willing to sacrifice whatever (self-protection, sleep, comfort, love, safety, tradition) in search of the weird heart beating inside the world and the real meaning of things. Lenhart’s a legitimate threat: a yearner and a quester. Ain’t no cage, however gilded, can hold this bird for long.”
- Ander Monson, author of I Will Take the Answer
"There are books with turtles in them. And books with dogs. And books about bullies. And books about hoarding birds. There are books about Bangladesh and books about the end of the world but I do not think there is another book that pulls back the veil to reveal how woven together dogs, bullies, birds, babies and Bangladesh are. Lenhart does something in The Well-Stocked and Gilded Cage that only someone with a special kind of genius can do: train his focus as sharply inward as he does outward. Intense awareness combined with his intense concern make for a big heart and a big brain and a big, as in important, book."
- Nicole Walker, author of Sustainability: A Love Story
"Give Me That For Nothing, Now I Am Going Away"*
"Dogsucker: The Written Oral"†
Alaska Quarterly Review
"The Well-Stocked and Gilded Cage: Psitticulture Nervosa"‡
"Azimuth as a Myth: A Lyric Algorithm For an Off-Brand GPS"
"Too Slow Is How That Tortoise Go: A Carapace in 37 Parts"
"Captioning Novitiate: Figures of Sramanera"
"Sons of Sound: A Lyric Concatenation
for an Off-Brand GPS"
"This Taxidermy Will Be Mounted
to an Interior Wall"
"Elegy For a Flushed or
"Of No Ground: Late Days in the Country of Eighteen Tides"§
*Notable Essay, Best American Essays 2014
†Notable Essay, Best American Essays 2015
‡Winner of Virginia Faulkner Award
for Excellence in Writing
§Winner of the Annual Nonfiction Contest
(dis)Placement, selected by Scott Russell Sanders
"Poison Shrimp Quay"
"The Fire Caves of Nanumanga"
"Keep Your Foot on the Land and You Are Safe"
"Owing to a Well-Founded Fear"
"John Frum 'E Come"
Western Humanities Review*
"The Beautiful Rump Nut of Praslin Island"
"La Cueva, El Anexo"
"Bright Standing Bowl"
"Wheelhouse or a Runaway"
"A Schnauzer Seance"
*Runner-Up, Mountain West Writers' Contest, selected by Lucy Corin