Stirling Adams 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.
KIRSTEN JOHANNA ALLEN
Kirsten manages editing, production, marketing, fundraising, and oversees 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.
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.
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.
Renata Golden has an MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Houston and lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her work has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes and was finalists for the 2020 Penelope Niven Creative Nonfiction Award, the 2018 Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction, and the 2017 Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University Award. Her essays have been published in Creative Nonfiction/True Story, Chautauqua Literary Journal, About Place Journal, Terrain.org, and MUSE/A Journal. An essay about bluebirds and motherhood is coming in October 2020 in an anthology from Cornell University Press titled When Birds Are Near. Renata is at work on an essay collection about the Chiricahua Mountains in Southeastern Arizona titled A Thin Place: The Nature of the Chiricahua Mountains. Renata is the owner of a technical writing and editing company that specializes in certification exam development and management as well as technical white paper editing and publication. Originally from the South Side of Chicago, Renata lives at 7,000 feet in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Raised in Park City, Heidi spent her youth exploring the diverse natural environment of Utah. Before returning to Salt Lake City, she studied European Cinema at the University of London and completed her film education with a BFA from Chapman University in Southern California. While in Los Angeles, she worked as a commercial producer, fashion filmmaker, documentary director and still photographer. Her photojournalistic work has been exhibited in galleries internationally. Eventually, her photography brought her into the world of magazine publishing where she became publisher of Sphere magazine for 5 years. She relocated to Utah for family and the desire to reconnect with nature and has become actively involved in the local arts and cultural scene. She is currently the Executive Director of the Art Meets Fashion Foundation.
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.
Kirtly is Professor Emerita, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Utah School of Medicine where she also served as Vice Chair for Educational Affairs. A reproductive endocrinology specialist and recipient of numerous leadership and teaching awards, Kirtly’s publications include dozens of journal articles and book chapters. She received a B.A. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado-Boulder, and her M.D. from the University of Colorado School of Medicine-Denver, followed by residency at Boston Hospital for Women/Brigham and Women’s Hospital and fellowship at Harvard Medical School/Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Kirtly has served on the board of the Entrada Institute since 1999, where she has coordinated the Artist-in-Residence program. She lives with her husband in Salt Lake City and Torrey, Utah.
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.
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.
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.
Shelby is an award-winning author and director of the Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. She has more than forty years of combined experience in museums, 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 and the Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos. 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 Fine Indian Jewelry of the Southwest: The Millicent Rogers Museum Collection, Pablita Velarde: In Her Own Words, and editor of the forthcoming Federico: One Man's Journey from Tututepec to L.A.