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  • Solo journeys, life lessons

    In the nine essays gathered in her new book, Hiking Alone, poet and artist Mary Beath celebrates nature from the point of view of an independent woman.

  • Truth, lies and poetry

    Reading the short stories and poems in Sherman Alexie's War Dances is like watching an intricate dance.

  • Taking stock

    Taking stock

    Annie Proulx's memoir Bird Cloud and Gary Snyder's book-and-film project, The Etiquette of Freedom, unveil the private lives of two iconic Western writers.

  • The art of an alien landscape

    In Westernness: A Meditation, poet and scholar Alan Williamson examines what it means to live in the West through the eyes of the region’s writers and artists

  • A Place to Stand

    In A Place to Stand, New Mexico’s finest poet, Jimmy Santiago Baca, has written a stunning memoir of his turbulent life

  • A part of something old: writer Kim Stafford's storied places

    A part of something old: writer Kim Stafford's storied places

    Oregon writer Kim Stafford looks for "scattered Edens" in contemporary Western life.

  • What was and what is

    What was and what is

    In Anchorage, Alaska, Inupiaq poet Joan Kane dreams of the uninhabited island where her ancestors lived.

  • Turning back the tide

    Turning back the tide

    A volunteer naturalist describes the unique beauty -- and fragility -- of California's Elkhorn Slough Reserve.

  • An example and an antidote

    In Imagination in Place, his new collection of essays, writer/farmer/poet Wendell Berry shares some of his honest wisdom and sharp-eyed observations.

  • Cody Cortez: A faux-file of the West's most mysterious writer

    Cody Cortez: A faux-file of the West's most mysterious writer

    Buddhist cowboy poet Cody Cortez is so elusive it's almost as if he doesn't really exist.

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