RED ROCK STORIES

edited by Stephen Trimble

 

 

 

July 2017 | Nonfiction | 978-1-937226-80-0 | 223 pp | $21.95

STEPHEN TRIMBLE was a park ranger at Arches and Capitol Reef national parks in his twenties and has since published more than 20 books. He received the Sierra Club's Ansel Adams Award for photography and conservation and a Wallace Stegner Centennial Fellowship at the University of Utah Tanner Humanities Center. In 1995, Trimble co–compiled with Terry Tempest Williams the landmark book of advocacy, Testimony: Writers of the West Speak on Behalf of Utah Wilderness—the model for Red Rock Testimony. He teaches writing in the University of Utah Honors College and makes his home in Salt Lake City and in Torrey, Utah.

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ABOUT THE EDITOR

 

Red Rock Stories conveys spiritual and cultural values of Utah’s canyon country through essays and poems of writers whose births span seven decades. First delivered to decision makers in Washington as a limited–edition chapbook, this art–as–advocacy book explores the fierce beauty of and the dangers to ecological and archaeological integrity in this politically embattled corner of wild America.

PRAISE FOR RED ROCK STORIES

“Utah has been my home for over half a century. Native Americans have inhabited these landscapes since time immemorial. The writers in Red Rock Stories capture that bond in essays and poems that run as deep as the canyons of the Colorado River.”
—ROBERT REDFORD

“In voices as rich and varied as the land itself, Red Rock Stories converges upon a vision for a relationship with the living land which is both ancient and urgent, a healing vision where the land and the people are linked by mutual responsibility.”

—ROBIN WALL KIMMERER, author of Braiding Sweetgrass and founder and director of the

SUNY Center for Native Peoples and the Environment 

 

“If you haven’t been there, these words will take you. If you have, drink these stories, poems, remembrances, essays like rain from a water pocket and remember.” 

—CRAIG CHILDS, author of Apocalyptic Planet and House of Rain

 

“There is no more foundational element of democracy than shared public lands. Whatever we can do to defend them, we must, and then more. In conversation, in thought, in deed, our voices must rise—in good and necessary efforts like Red Rock Stories.”

—RICK BASS, author of For a Little While and Why I Came West

 

“Whether speaking of us Millennials and our hunger for justice or the millennial-old respect that land has for its Native peoples, this collection is a promise.” 

—MORGAN CURTIS, storyteller and climate activist with Climate Journey and Our Children’s Trust

 

“Public lands accessible to all nurture a free people, of diverse cultures, some with ancient bonds to such landscapes. They are not a luxury or a waste. Try running an engine with gas but no oil. Also, please read this book.”

—DAVID QUAMMEN, author of Yellowstone: A Journey through America’s Wild Heart  

 

RED ROCK STORIES TABLE OF CONTENTS

Charles Wilkinson

INTRODUCTION

 

Simon Ortiz

RIGHT OF WAY

Kevin T. Jones

THE MAN WITH A HEART OF STONE

 

Jana Richman

THE LAND OF NO USE

 

David Gessner

THE FREEDOM OF RESTRAINT

 

Karen Shepherd

THE ONLY WAY FORWARD

 

Regina Lopez–Whiteskunk

IT'S TIME TO HEAL BEARS EARS

 

Lauret Savoy

ON COMPROMISED GROUND

 

Christpher Cokinos

STONE THAT LEAPS

 

Kathleen Dean Moore

WHAT SHALL WE GIVE THE CHILDREN?

 

Jen Jackson Quintano

MEMORY

 

Terry Tempest Williams

TIME

 

Jim Enote

A PLACE FOR MEDIATION

 

Alastair Lee Bitsoi

SHASH JAA' FOLLOWS WHEREVER I GO

 

Juan Palma

THE WILDNESS IN NATURE BINDS US TO THE PAST AND THE FUTURE

 

Shonto Begay

THE VIEW FROM THE MESA

Mary Ellen Hannibal

THE UR–BEAR

 

Mary Sojourner

BEAR'S EARS

Amy Irvine

SEEING RED

 

Thomas Lowe Fleischner

THE GRACE OF WILDNESS

 

David Lee

PRELUDE

 

George Handley

FAITH AND THE LAND

 

Brooke Williams

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Anne Terashima

WE [HEART] WILDERNESS

 

Jacqueline Keeler

IT IS THE LAND THAT TELLS THE STORY

 

Alison Hawthorne Deming

THE NATURALISTS

 

Michelle Nijhuis

WHAT THE TORTOISE TAUGHT ME

Chip Ward

WHOLE AND HOLY

 

Ann Whittaker

WHEN THE DESERT MORNING RISES

 

Gary Paul Nabhan

UP BETWEEN THE BEARS EARS

 

Bruce Babbitt

IT'S TIME TO ACT

 

Mark Udall

I AM A SON OF THE COLORADO PLATEAU

 

Stephen Trimble

WE COME OUT DANCING TOGETHER

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