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. The first group reading, featuring several contributors to the book, will be this Friday, May 19th at 7:00 at Weller Book Works in Salt Lake City's Trolley Square. Five other contributors will join me: Brooke Larsen, David Lee, Jana Richman, Karen Shepherd, and Anne Terashima.
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. With the president's attack on national monuments, the land needs your voices.