Thomas McNamee was born in 1947 in Memphis, Tennessee, and grew up there and in New York City. He studied writing at Yale under the tutelage of Robert Penn Warren. He graduated in 1969.
Thomas is the author of The Grizzly Bear , Nature First: Keeping Our Wild Places and Wild Creatures Wild, A Story of Deep Delight, The Return of the Wolf to Yellowstone, and Alice Waters and Chez Panisse: The Romantic, Impractical, Often Eccentric, Ultimately Brilliant Making of a Food Revolution.
His essays, poems, and natural history writing have been published in Audubon, The New Yorker, Life, Natural History, High Country News, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Saveur, and a number of literary journals. He wrote the documentary film Alexander Calder, which was broadcast on the PBS American Masters series in June 1998 and received both a George W. Peabody Award and an Emmy. Many of his book reviews have appeared The New York Times Book Review.
Thomas has served as a member of the board of directors and as president of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition; as a trustee of Rare Conservation; and as a director of the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture, which operates the Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market in San Francisco.