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Mormon Legacies and the Beckoning Wild
Edited by Karin Anderson
& Danielle Beazer Dubrasky

June 2021 | Nonfiction | 978-1-948814-42-3 | 250 pp | 21.95 

Author Karin Anderson


KARIN ANDERSON is a professor of English at Utah Valley University where she focuses on creative writing, lit theory, wilderness and environmental writing, LGBTQ lit, contemporary narrative genres, and honor legacies. Her work has appeared in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Quarter After Eight, Western Humanities Review, Sunstone, Saranac Review, American Literary Review, and Fiddleblack. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and holds degrees from Utah State University, Brigham Young University, and the University of Utah. She hails from the Great Basin.

Blossom as the Cliffrose: Mormon Legacies and the Beckoning Wild features original poems and prose by talented writers who are faithful, non-faithful, believers, heretics, converts and de-converts, dragged in or forced out of the Mormon faith. This dynamic collection demonstrates the breadth, complexity, and diversity of a Latter-day Saint legacy of commitment to natural place and challenges us to examine the myriad ways our own deeply rooted heritage shapes our personal relationship with landscape.


“Meditative and energizing, fierce and loving, balanced and rhythmic. An invitation to welcome faith and nature, and to embrace the tensions and beauty that spring from every crack and cranny along the way.”

“When I ask my Mormon-Jewish daughter when she feels most Mormon, she tells me, ‘When I am outside, in the canyons, in the mountains, in the West.’ The beloved community of writers assembled here articulates a thousand reasons why so many of us feel this way. These are rich and complicated feelings—not just the sublimity of Wordsworth’s environmental imagination, but also feelings of betrayal, reverence, disappointment, pleasure, misunderstanding, and loss appropriate to a place storied with theft and massacre, failed dams and inland seas, uranium and abandoned poisons, dried seeps and sacred groves, salt and gulls, sego lilies, and hordes of crickets. Danielle Dubrasky and Karin Anderson are expert guides to this territory. Let them and this book bring you home.”
JOANNA BROOKS, author of The Book of Mormon Girl and co-editor of Mormon Feminisms and Decolonizing Mormonism

“No idea looms larger in the Mormon mind than wilderness—a pure, unspoiled place that gives people refuge and prepares them for revelation. Blossom as the Cliffrose gathers some of Mormonism’s most creative voices to testify to the power of wilderness spaces—in the land, in our faith, and in our lives. The essays and poems in this volume come from the heart of the wilderness and are themselves both refuge and revelation.”
MICHAEL AUSTIN, author of Reading the World and Buried Treasures


Karin Anderson

Tacey M. Atsitty
Matthew James Babcock

Kumen Baldwin Louis

Phyllis Barber

Danielle Beazer Dubrasky

John Bennion
Lisa Bickmore
Christopher Nelson Bowcutt

Scott Cameron
Tyler Chadwick
Jennifer Champoux
Star Coulbrooke
Kathryn Cowles
Reb Cuevas

Stacie Denetsosie-Mitchell
Amelia England
Megan Fairbanks
Jack Garcia
George B. Handley
Jack Harrell
Heather Holland
Theric Jepson
Tamara Johnson
Melody Newey Johnson
Kimberly Johnson
Farina King

Lance Larsen
Kumen Louis

Lyn McCarter
Michael McLane

Lee Ann Mortensen
Thomas W Murphy

Christopher Nelson

Sarah Newcomb
Twila Newey

Julie J. Nichols
David G. Pace
Michael William Palmer
Dayna Patterson
Matthew Pockrus

Lisa Madsen Rubilar
Kathryn Knight Sonntag
Laura Stott
Nano Taggart
Robert Terashima
Laura Walker
Ronda Walker Weaver
Darlene Young
Natalie Young

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DANIELLE BEAZER DUBRASKY directs the Grace A. Tanner Center for Human Values and is an associate professor of creative writing at Southern Utah University. Her poetry has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Chiron Review, South Dakota Review, Ninth Letter, Main Street Rag, Pilgrimage, saltfront, Sugar House Review, Cave Wall, Open: Journal of Arts & Letters, Under a Warm Green Linden, and Her chapbook, Ruin and Light, won the 2014 Anabiosis Press Chapbook Competition. Her poems were also published in a limited edition art book Invisible Shores by Red Butte Press of the University of Utah.  

Also by Karin Anderson:


What Falls Away: A Novel


Before Us Like A Land of Dreams: A Novel

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