What Wildness Is This Women Write about the Southwest

ISBN-10: 0292716303

ISBN-13: 9780292716308

Edition: 2007

Authors: Susan Wittig Albert, Susan Hanson, Jan Epton Seale, Paula Stallings Yost, Kathleen Dean Moore

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How do women experience the vast, arid, rugged land of the American Southwest? The Story Circle Network, a national organization dedicated to helping women write about their lives, posed this question, and nearly three hundred women responded with original pieces of writing that told true and meaningful stories of their personal experiences of the land. From this deep reservoir of writingas well as from previously published work by writers including Joy Harjo, Denise Chaacute;vez, Diane Ackerman, Naomi Shihab Nye, Leslie Marmon Silko, Gloria Anzaldua, Terry Tempest Williams, and Barbara Kingsolverthe editors of this book have drawn nearly a hundred pieces that witness both to the ever-changing, ever-mysterious life of the natural world and to the vivid, creative, evolving lives of women interacting with it. Through prose, poetry, creative nonfiction, and memoir, the women in this anthology explore both the outer landscape of the Southwest and their own inner landscapes as women living on the landthe congruence of where they are and who they are. The editors have grouped the writings around eight evocative themes: The way we live on the land Our journeys through the land Nature in cities Nature at risk Nature that sustains us Our memories of the land Our kinship with the animal world What we leave on the land when we are gone From the Gulf Coast of Texas to the Pacific Coast of California, and from the southern borderlands to the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains, these intimate portraits of women's lives on the land powerfully demonstrate that nature writing is no longer the exclusive domain of men, that women bring unique and transformative perspectives to this genre.
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List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 3/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.07" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Susan Wittig Albert was born in Illinois in 1940. In 1985, she changed careers from working as the vice president and an English professor at Texas State University to becoming a full-time writer. During the mid- to late-1980s, Albert was a ghostwriter for the Nancy Drew mystery series. She wrote the acclaimed "Work of Her Own: How Women Create Success and Fulfillment off the Traditional Career Track" in 1992. Under the pseudonym of Robin Paige, Albert and her husband, Bill Albert, co-authored a twelve-volume mystery series set in late Victorian/Edwardian England. Albert writes the bestselling China Bayles mystery series, which features as its main character a Texas herbalist who had been a criminal attorney in Houston. Albert also writes the Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter historical fantasy series, which is set in England during the early twentieth century.

PAULA STALLINGS YOST, founder of LifeSketches/Heirloom Memoirs, is a personal historian and publisher in Yantis, Texas, near Dallas.

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Editor's Note
A Land Full of Stories
Easter, Picacho Peak
This Land on My Face
HE 2-104: A True Planetary Nebula in the Making
Seasons of a Hermit
A Song for the Direction of North
Tsaile April Nights
The Land's Song
Mexican Sunflowers
Spring in the Desert
First SnowfallGeographies: Journey Notes
The Act of Attention
Contemplating Quantum Mechanics One Morning at the Rio Grande Gorge
Fast in Taos
Coming of Age in the Grand Canyon
Into the Escalante
On the Lip of the Rio Grande Gorge
Songs of the Plains
View from a Hot Air Balloon
She Could
Riding the River Home
Four Meditations on the Colorado River
Working on the Tequesquite
Indian Hot Springs
Natural Bridges
Writing West
ClosingHome Address: The Nature of Urban Life
Home Address
Madrugadora/Early Riser
The World Is a Nest
One Scarlet Penstemon
Spinning Water into Gold
Sunset on the Bayou
The People and the Land ARE Inseparable
A Full Life in a Small Place
Into the WoodsEarth Is an Island: Nature at Risk
My Mother Returns to Calaboz
Condor Country/New Year's Eve
Coyote Mountain
In Parida Cave
Surviving: What the Desert Teaches
Sacrifice to Progress
The Pond
The Sustaining Land
Gathering at the River
The Collection
Chile Tales: The Green Addiction
Poem in Which I Give You a Canyon
Dumplings Come to Town
Wish List
Lost Copper
Think Not of a Tectonic Plate but of a Sumptuous FeastThe Key Is in Remembering: Growing Up on the Land
The Trick Is Consciousness
Red Dirt: Growing Up Okie
Jewish Oil Brat
Big Spring
Fifty Years After
Okarche, 1961
Crepe Myrtles
Belonging Place
"Not You," He Said
The Hills of Summer
Mercury Risin'Eagle Inside Us
Eagle Poem
Alamo Canyon Creek
On the Wing
Hummingbirds Compete for the Tobacco Tree
The Raven
A Passing
My Animal Life
Working Cattle
Coyote Love Music
Mastodon Teeth
Sleep, Monarchs, rising and falling
What We Leave Behind
What We Leave Behind
The Bone-Man's Apprentice
Stones and Jawbones
Land of the Gaping Mouths
Lament at Dusk
Trail Guide
Light on the Water
When the Land Was Young
Not Long Ago
How to Climb
About the Contributors
About the Editors
About the Story Circle Network
Permissions Credits
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