John Gifford


Oklahoma City, Okla.

John Gifford

Writer specializing in nature, place, and the environment



A Very Special Fish

Tom Fitzmorris didn't know it, but he had a fan in Oklahoma.
Arkansas Review Link to Story

The solace of flowing water

In a world where so much of what we know and how we live is fleeting and ephemeral, it’s comforting to know that our natural waterways are secure in who and what they are. A corporate brand may change to suit the times or the strategy of the month or new leadership, but a creek or stream or river just does what it does, and it doesn’t care what you or I think about it.
Notre Dame Magazine Link to Story

The Cross Timbers: The Ancient Forest at America’s Crossroads

Imagine for a moment it is Autumn 1832. Imagine, too, that your name is Washington Irving. You’re one of America’s most famous writers, and...
American Forests Link to Story

Are Pecans the Next Superfood?

Though often associated with high-calorie holiday desserts and delectably sweet treats, pecans have distinguished themselves
Modern Farmer Link to Story


John Gifford

John Gifford is a writer with a special interest in nature, place, and the environment. His essays and reporting have appeared in The Dallas Morning News, The Christian Science Monitor, U.S. News & World Report, The Atlantic, and elsewhere. He lives in Oklahoma.