WHEN I WAS RED CLAY:
A Journey of Identity, Healing, and Wonder
by Jonathan T. Bailey
This intimate record lays bare one person’s experience growing up in a rural Mormon community and struggling to reconcile his sexuality with the religious doctrine of his childhood. Finding solace and connection in wild places, Jonathan T. Bailey lived two lives—one of trauma, the other of wonder. In When I Was Red Clay, he navigates self–discovery, grief, and the loss of faith with unflinching honesty and biting humor.
August 2022| Nonfiction | 978-1-937226-63-8| 200 pp | $16.95
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
JONATHAN T. BAILEY is a conservation photographer with a background in cultural resources. Author of the literary memoir When I Was Red Clay: A Journey of Identity, Healing, and Wonder and the photograph and essay collection Rock Art: A Vision of a Vanishing Cultural Landscape, his work has been published in Archaeology Southwest, the Salt Lake Tribune, Indian Country Today, and elsewhere. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.
PRAISE FOR WHEN I WAS RED CLAY
“In Jonathan T. Bailey’s profoundly moving memoir, the diversity of creation illuminates the inner landscape and inspires healing—and wonder. The past is a gift, Bailey says, and this brave journey into the intimate wilderness is another gift. With the clarity and fresh eyes of meditation, we visit the topography of bones, the meaning of the natural world, and the centering of spirit within ourselves, within community, and in our footsteps and vision. In the true meaning of the word: this book is awesome.”
—GEORGE K. ILSLEY, author of The Home Stretch: A Father, a Son, and All the Things They Never Talk About
“When I Was Red Clay is an homage to the western desert country, a place that can be ‘unimaginably bewitching.’ I haven’t read something so beautiful in a long time. I can’t stop thinking about it.”
—MARYA JOHNSTON, Out West Books