Local Authors Read from New Nature Anthology at Tohono Chul Park
February 20, 2011, 2-4 p.m., Tohono Chul Park Education Center Classroom #1
Alison Hawthorne Deming, Gayle Jandrey, Tony Cross, and Simmons B. Buntin—a few of the more than 50 contributors to Wildbranch: An Anthology of Nature, Environmental, and Place-based Writing—will read from the volume at the southern Arizona book launch. Tohono Chul Park, located at 7366 N. Paseo del Norte (near the northwest corner of Ina and Oracle) in Tucson, Arizona, will host these four authors on Sunday, February 20, 2011, from 2-4 p.m. The reading and signing, with books available for purchase, will take place in the Park’s Education Center, Classroom #1. (Education Center Parking Map)
Wildbranch is a powerful collection of essays and poetry—most of which are previously unpublished—by a variety of prominent American environmental writers and exciting new voices. It offers an intimate portrait of the natural world drawn through the wisdom, ecological consciousness, and open hearts of its exceptional contributors.
The Wildbranch Writing Workshop, founded by Annie Proulx and cosponsored by Orion magazine and Sterling College, has encouraged thoughtful natural history, outdoor, and environmental writing for more than twenty years. The anthology includes the works of former Wildbranch faculty Edward Hoagland, Janisse Ray, Scott Russell Sanders, and Alison Hawthorne Deming, as well as many other notable authors.
Alison Hawthorne Deming is professor of creative writing at the University of Arizona. She lives near Agua Caliente Hill in Tucson. She is the author of four books of poetry, Science and Other Poems; The Monarchs: A Poem Sequence; Genius Loci; and Rope. Deming has also published three nonfiction books, Temporary Homelands; The Edges of the Civilized World, which was a finalist for the PEN Center West Award; and Writing the Sacred into the Real. Her poems and essays have appeared in the Georgia Review, Orion, Islands, Pushcart Prize XVIII: Best of the Small Presses, American Nature Writing, Writing it Down for James: Writers on Life and Craft, Verse, Universe: Poems on Science and Mathematics, and the Norton Book of Nature Writing. She taught at Wildbranch in 2007 and 2009.
Gayle Jandrey, writing as G. Davies Jandrey, is a retired educator, poet, and writer of fiction who lives in Tucson, Arizona. She has worked as a fire lookout in Saguaro National Park and Chiricahua National Monument. Gayle’s short fiction has appeared in Calyx, Bilingual Review, Portland Review, the Berkeley Fiction Review, and others. Her novel, A Garden of Aloes, was published in 2008. She attended Wildbranch in 1994 and studied with Gale Lawarence.
Tony Cross lives and works in San Francisco and writes as often as possible. He studied writing briefly at Sarah Lawrence College and also studied music at the Oberlin Conservatory. He has attended Wildbranch twice, in 2007 and 2008, and had the privilege of studying with Scott Russell Sanders and Alison Hawthorne Deming.
Simmons B. Buntin lives in the community of Civano in southeast Tucson, Arizona. He is the founding editor of Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built & Natural Environments. He has published two books of poetry: Bloom (2010) and Riverfall (2005), both by Ireland’s Salmon Poetry. His poetry and prose have appeared in Isotope, Orion, Kyoto Review, North American Review, High Desert Journal, Weber Studies, Versal, and many others, and he is a recipient of a Colorado Artist’s Fellowship for Poetry. He attended Wildbranch in 2008 and studied with Scott Russell Sanders.
For more information about the event, please visit www.tohonochulpark.org or contact Jo Falls at (520) 742-6455 x228.
Published October 2010
University of Utah Press
160 pp., paper $17.95
Praise for Wildbranch
“The overall quality of writing is extremely high. Many of the voices are fresh and engaging, and they add up to a compelling ethical perspective on this beautiful planet and the fellow creatures with whom we humans share it.”
—John Elder, Middlebury College
“One of the richest collections of environmental writing to emerge in years. A special virtue of this new collection is the range of voices offered, and student writers in particular will find the diversity of voices inspiring and empowering.”
—Scott Slovic, University of Nevada, Reno