Essays

The nowhereness of airports
The nowhereness of airports
The way air travel has devolved says something awful about humans.
Your stoke won’t save us
Your stoke won’t save us
The idea that outdoor recreation leads to meaningful conservation rests on a big ‘if.’
Why we tell stories of the missing and murdered
Why we tell stories of the missing and murdered
A crisis continues across Indian Country, highlighted by a forthcoming documentary.
This acequia  life
This acequia life
The irrigation of the land defines our West in ways I can hardly explain.
Frackin’ on heaven’s door
Frackin’ on heaven’s door
How many people over the centuries have loved the Pawnee Buttes, only to see them ravaged?
When boyhood friendships were forged outdoors
When boyhood friendships were forged outdoors
After his friend’s passing, a writer reflects on a life spent chasing fish and toads.
You’re made of the same stuff sloshing around in tidepools
You’re made of the same stuff sloshing around in tidepools
When the tides pull back the water line, a writer takes a trip through time.
In Oregon’s Coast Range, a writer explores identity
In Oregon’s Coast Range, a writer explores identity
A collection of essays ranges through the histories, trees and wildlife of the state.
A celebration of equality and of the land
A celebration of equality and of the land
At a Wyoming wedding, a musician ponders the big questions of life.
A Dreamer dreams of running for office
A Dreamer dreams of running for office
Over a year into the Trump presidency, reflections from a young immigrant.
How to learn to love a new landscape
How to learn to love a new landscape
A writer trades in the ‘crack-me-open ache of space’ in Colorado for the lushness of western Oregon.
On love in Death Valley, and what’s been lost
On love in Death Valley, and what’s been lost
An ode to a time of both sorrow and new found laughter.
Climate change forced me to leave the place that I love
Climate change forced me to leave the place that I love
After finding their dream town, a family fled drought and fire.
A ‘selfish’ decision
A ‘selfish’ decision
As neighbors evacuated, one family stayed behind.
‘Will my tears cool the ash?’
‘Will my tears cool the ash?’
A firefighter contemplates the coming fire season.
In rural Colorado, can art provide an economic engine?
In rural Colorado, can art provide an economic engine?
A small town invests in affordable housing for the creative sector.
A book in hand deepens the backcountry experience
A book in hand deepens the backcountry experience
What’s the meaning of lugging literature into the wild?
‘Helpless and culpable’ while fishing the pink’s peak run
‘Helpless and culpable’ while fishing the pink’s peak run
2017 Bell Prize runner-up: A writer reflects on salmon as symbol.
A man and his house of relics, in search of a self
A man and his house of relics, in search of a self
What is the right way to treat artifacts that do not belong to you?
What to do if you had just one day left to live
What to do if you had just one day left to live
Two writers contemplate their last moments.
What are we fighting for?
What are we fighting for?
Bell Prize winner: Through the trials of life, a young writer finds she’s fighting for our spirit.
What could be lost in a push for mining in monuments
What could be lost in a push for mining in monuments
In Grand Staircase-Escalante, coal and fossils lie side by side.
The changing politics of woods work
The changing politics of woods work
Cash-strapped agencies use private contractors to the detriment of local communities.
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