The Outdoor Writers Association of America presented Tim Cahill with honorary membership to the organization after his keynote address on July 16, at the 2016 conference in Billings, Montana.
“If ever there were a writer who deserves to be made an honorary member of OWAA based on the quality and quantity and subject matter of his body of work, Tim is that writer,” Bill Powell, OWAA’s legal counsel told the Board of Directors. Powell, along with OWAA’s second vice president Phil Bloom nominated Cahill for the honorary membership and the board unanimously approved him.
Cahill is a founding editor of Outside magazine, author of nine books and a freelance magazine writer, known for documenting outdoor adventures. His resume includes magazines like Rolling Stone, Esquire, Field & Stream and National Geographic, and his work has taken him all over the world, including to politically unstable regions.
“The quality of Tim’s writing in his decades-long career has put him in the proper company of the literary outdoor writers he and the others who founded Outside aspired to emulate: James Fennimore Cooper, Herman Melville, Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, and William Faulkner,” Powell said. “His adventures, however, have often been wildly more hair-raising than theirs.”
Cahill joins five other living Honorary Members; G. Matheny, Eileen King, Steve Baker, Sil Strung and Gene Reynolds.
“Legendary, that is the word that comes to mind when someone says Tim Cahill,” said Tom Sadler, OWAA’s executive director. “Honorary membership is a fitting and worthy tribute to a true craftsman of outdoor communications.”