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FOR WILD WORDS AND WILD PLACES

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OUR MISSION

Torrey House Press publishes books at the intersection of the literary arts and environmental advocacy. THP authors explore the diversity of human experiences and relationships with place. THP books create conversations about issues that concern the American West, landscape, literature, and the future of our ever-changing planet, inspiring action toward a more just world.

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OUR VALUES

We believe that lively, contemporary literature is at the cutting edge of social change. We seek to inform, expand, and reshape the dialogue on environmental justice and stewardship for the natural world by elevating literary excellence from diverse voices.

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OUR COMMITMENT

Torrey House Press stands with people of color, disabled people, and other marginalized people in our region, nation, and around the world in the protest against police brutality, white supremacy, ableism, and systemic racism. To help create a more just world, we are committed to seeking writers of color and other marginalized communities whose work engages deeply with place and expands and challenges conversations on environmental and social justice.

“I prefer being with a press where I know the people doing the work. A passionate crew focusing on a small number of excellent books is worth it all.”

—CRAIG CHILDS, author of Tracing Time

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Our 
Staff

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KIRSTEN JOHANNA ALLEN | Co-Executive Director, Publisher, Co-Founder

Kirsten directs acquisitions, editing, production, and marketing for Torrey House Press with co-executive director Will Neville-Rehbehn. As co-founder, Kirsten has steered the press from its earliest inklings to publish conservation through literature to become the powerful platform for books and ideas about the natural world and the West that it is today. Kirsten holds a BA from Westminster College and an MPH from the University of Utah. She has two grown children and lives with a pair of cats and her spouse, Mark Bailey, in Salt Lake City and Torrey, Utah.

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WILL NEVILLE-REHBEHN | Co-Executive Director, Executive Editor

Will directs fundraising, marketing, and community development and works with publisher Kirsten Allen and creative director Kathleen Metcalf on acquisitions, always seeking to advance THP’s mission and impact. Throughout his career, he has helped organizations expand their capabilities, engage new audiences and tell stories that change the world. He received a BA in Theatre from Davidson College and a master’s in Political Management from The George Washington University. A Utah native and lifelong book nerd, Will returned to Salt Lake City in 2020 with his husband, their young son and very old cat.

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KATHLEEN METCALF | Creative Director

Kathleen oversees design and manages acquisitions along with publisher Kirsten Allen and executive editor Will Neville-Rehbehn. She holds a BFA in Design from California College of the Arts, and an MS in Environmental Humanities from the University of Utah. Former designer/owner of Wingspan Design and art director for Patagonia, Kathleen serves on the boards of Summit Land Conservancy and Wild Utah Project. She is an artist, writer, and an avid traveler with a love for exploring deserts and rivers.

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GRAY BUCK-COCKAYNE | Production & Sales Manager, Bookkeeper

Gray was born in Salt Lake City and graduated with a Bachelor of English from the University of Utah. They attended the Denver Publishing Institute and interned with the Western Humanities Review before joining Torrey House Press. Their hobbies include buying increasingly large pots for their succulents, collecting mostly useless knowledge about native bees, and exploring the backroads of Utah with their father.

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SCOUT INVIE | Marketing & Publicity Lead

Scout manages marketing, publicity, and author events for Torrey House Press. She graduated from the Honors College at Westminster University with a Bachelors in English Literary Analysis and went on to lead marketing efforts at Modern West in Salt Lake City. In addition to her literary interests, she is also a multimedia artist working in fiber, and recipient of the 2023 Alfred Lambourne Prize (FRIENDS of GSL) for visual artwork about Great Salt Lake.

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ALEXIS POWELL | Editorial Associate

Alexis is a storyteller from California who is passionate about editorial work. She graduated from San Diego State University with a BS in Biology, has a Certificate in Publishing from the Denver Publishing Institute, and is currently attending Vermont College of Fine Arts where she will receive her MFA Writing for Children and Young Adults. She loves taking care of animals and learning about carnivorous plants.

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ANNE TERASHIMA | Freelance Editor

Anne is from Salt Lake City, Utah. She holds a BA in English and Creative Writing from Westminster College and an MA in Writing and Publishing from DePaul University and worked in editing, acquisitions, development, and publicity at Torrey House Press for over ten years. Anne loves to hike, bike, and run in Utah’s mountains and red rock country.

Our 
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STIRLING ADAMS

Stirling was raised along the edge of great salmon rivers in the Northwest. Though he still misses the peaks, rains, and fish of the Columbia River Basin, since moving to Utah he has come to regard the canyon lands and mountains of the Colorado Plateau as (setting fish species aside) equally deserving of conservation and love. Stirling lives in Orem, works as an attorney, and hikes and explores Utah as a geographically and politically misplaced human.

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KIRSTEN JOHANNA ALLEN

Kirsten manages editing, production, administration, and acquisitions for Torrey House Press.  Though Kirsten is a native New Yorker, she's also a sixth-generation Utahn and feels most at home hiking in Utah’s red rock country. She has two grown children and lives with a pair of cats and her spouse, Mark Bailey, in Salt Lake City and Torrey, Utah.

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MARK BAILEY

Mark is a retired partner from Wasatch Advisors, Inc., an investment management firm headquartered in Salt Lake City. He raised a daughter and son on the ski slopes of the Wasatch Mountains and in the red rocks of southern Utah and lives in Salt Lake City and in Torrey, Utah.

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ROSE CHILCOAT

Rose grew up outside Baltimore, Maryland, in a family that hiked and camped leading to her love of wild nature. After graduating from Virginia Tech with a degree in Horticulture and Environmental Studies, Rose worked for 13 years for the U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service. She was a park ranger in Mesa Verde NP, Bryce Canyon NP, and Coulee Dam NRA and spent six years as a Concessions Analyst in the Alaska Regional Office. Today, Rose lives in Durango, CO where she and her husband raised their two sons. For the past fifteen years, Rose has worked for Great Old Broads for Wilderness, engaging and inspiring the voices and activism of "elders" to preserve and protect wilderness and wild lands. She has deep knowledge of conservation issues and public lands management and is passionate about educating the public about threats to their wild lands.

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PHYLLIS HOCKETT

Phyllis has almost thirty years of experience in fundraising and her clients have raised over $260 million. She specializes in strategic planning, board development, fundraising, and capital campaign planning and implementation. Hockett views her work with nonprofits as a means of supporting positive change in communities by providing organizations with distinctive, sophisticated tools to ensure institutional sustainability. She received her Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Utah and is a cofounder of Pathway Associates. Hockett is an active volunteer in the Salt Lake City community, serving on the board of directors of the Girl Scouts of Utah, Academy for Nonprofit Excellence and the University of Utah Continuing Education Commission, among other prominent boards including past board service with the Utah Nonprofits Association and Utah Food Bank. An accomplished teacher and lecturer, Hockett has taught for ten years in the Academy for Nonprofit Excellence at the University of Utah.

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KIM HOWES

Kim was born and raised in Salt Lake City and growing up spent summer on her family's land in Durant, Oklahoma, home to the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Although Oklahoma is not her tribe's ancestral home, Kim and her family take great pride in caring for the land that has been in their family for generations. Kim holds a BS in Economics from the University of San Francisco and has worked as a program manager at Harvard University and nonprofit developer in California, Colorado, and Utah. Currently, Kim is the development director at Wildlands Network in Salt Lake City. She is a passionate advocate for wildlife, wildlands, and our precious natural resources. 

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REGINA LOPEZ-WHITESKUNK

Regina is a representative for District D for the RE-1 School District, and was born and raised in southwestern Colorado. She is a member of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe of Towaoc. She has spent 10 years in the information technology field, working for Chief Dull Knife College and the Southern Ute Indian and Ute Mountain Ute Indian Tribes. In October of 2013, she was elected to serve as a member of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribal leadership. At an early age, Lopez-Whiteskunk began to advocate for land, air, water, and animals, and strongly believes that the inner core of healing comes from the knowledge of our land and elders. She is a former co-chair for the Bears Ears Intertribal Coalition and education director for the Ute Indian Museum in Montrose. She is currently is seeking a Master’s of Environmental Management with Western Colorado University and serving on the Telluride Institute Board and advisory board for Great Old Broads. Lopez-Whiteskunk has traveled extensively throughout the country sharing the Ute culture through song, dance, presentations, and is honored to continue to protect, preserve and serve through education, creating a better understanding of our resources culture and beliefs— a great foundation for a better tomorrow.

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BETSY GAINES QUAMMEN

Betsy is a historian and conservationist. She received a doctorate in Environmental History from Montana State University in 2017, her dissertation focusing on Mormon settlement and public land conflicts. She has studied various religious traditions over the years, with particular attention to how cultures view landscape and wildlife. The rural American west, pastoral communities of northern Mongolia, and the grasslands of East Africa have been her main areas of interest. After college in Colorado, caretaking for a bed and breakfast in Mosier, Oregon, and serving breakfasts at a café in Kanab, Utah, Betsy has settled in Bozeman, Montana, where she now lives with her husband, writer David Quammen, two huge dogs, an overweight cat, and a pretty big python named Boots.

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CHARLIE QUIMBY

Charlie is a writer, a retired businessowner and everyday activist. His maternal great-grandmother homesteaded as a single mother near Parshall, CO, and his father’s side of the family worked ranches in the best and worst parts of Arizona. Living for 50 years in Minnesota has failed to squeeze out the sensibility formed growing up in Western Colorado, the setting of his novels, Monument Road and Inhabited. He is also a co-author of Planning to Stay, a guide to help residents improve their neighborhoods. He has served on a variety of nonprofit and professional boards, including The Playwrights’ Center, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, West Bank School of Music and AIGA Minnesota. He and his wife Susan Cushman split time between Minneapolis and Grand Junction, CO.

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SHELBY TISDALE

Shelby is an award-winning author with more than forty years of combined experience in anthropological, tribal museum, and cultural resource management, and university teaching. A graduate of University of Colorado, Boulder, Shelby holds a master's degree from the University of Washington and a doctorate from the University of Arizona. She is the former director of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology in Santa Fe, New Mexico; the Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos, New Mexico; and the Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. Shelby has published more than forty articles and book chapters relating to American Indian art and culture, repatriation, and women in the West. She is the author of No Place for a Lady: The Life Story of Archaeologist Marjorie F. Lambert, Fine Indian Jewelry of the Southwest: The Millicent Rogers Museum Collection, Pablita Velarde: In Her Own Words, and editor of Federico: One Man's Journey from Tututepec to L.A. She lives in Tucson, Arizona.

ADVISORY BOARD

Christine Arthur | Nancy Stauffer Cahoon | Thomas Lowe Fleischner | Kevin Gaither-Banchoff | Renata Golden | Heidi Gress | Mary Ellen Hannibal | Phyllis Hockett | Anne Holman | Sarah Peterson | Nancy Sears | Scott Slovic | Lise Solomon | Kitty Swenson | Stephen Trimble | Mary Evelyn Tucker | Brooke Williams | Terry Tempest Williams

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