In June 2016, I traveled to Washington D.C. to distribute a collection of stellar essays and poems that I had the honor to edit. With Kirsten Allen, from Torrey House Press, we visited agencies, senators, and congressmen--seeking to create change with our words alone. The 34 writers in this chapbook, Red Rock Testimony, argue for protecting America’s public lands, for the president to proclaim Bears Ears National Monument, and for Congress to reject the Utah delegation's destructive Public Lands Initiative. My story of the book appears on the ORION Magazine blog here.
Now, Torrey House Press has published a beautiful and expanded trade edition, called Red Rock Stories. I'll do the first reading from the book in Silver Reef, just outside St. George, Utah, on April 21st, to celebrate Earth Day with Citizens for Dixie's Future. The first group reading, featuring several contributors to the book, will be May 19th at Weller Book Works in Salt Lake City. The book will appear in bookstores by the end of May.
We've created a permanent website, Red Rock Stories, that invites submissions from all who treasure this canyon country. Please join us in speaking on behalf of the redrock canyons of the Colorado Plateau.