What Wildness Is This
336 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
Release Date:01 Feb 2007
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What Wildness Is This

Women Write about the Southwest

University of Texas Press
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 writing—as well as from previously published work by writers including Joy Harjo, Denise Chávez, Diane Ackerman, Naomi Shihab Nye, Leslie Marmon Silko, Gloria Anzaldua, Terry Tempest Williams, and Barbara Kingsolver—the 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 land—the 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 goneFrom 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.
SUSAN WITTIG ALBERT is the founder and past president of the Story Circle Network. She lives near Austin, Texas. SUSAN HANSON teaches in the English Department at Texas State University–San Marcos. JAN EPTON SEALE is a poet and fiction writer in McAllen,
Foreword by Kathleen Dean MooreEditor's Note by Susan Wittig AlbertA Land Full of StoriesLaura Girardeau, Easter, Picacho PeakCindy Bellinger, This Land on My FaceGloria Vando, HE 2-104: A True Planetary Nebula in the MakingLinda Hogan, DwellingsJoanne Smith, Seasons of a HermitJan Seale, PalapaLuci Tapahonso, A Song for the Direction of NorthLuci Tapahonso, Tsaile April NightsJudith Ann Isaacs, The Land's SongDonna Marie Miller, Mexican SunflowersAnn Woodin, Spring in the DesertAnn Zwinger, First SnowfallGeographies: Journey NotesSandra Lynn, GeographiesSusan Hanson, The Act of AttentionJudith Strasser, Contemplating Quantum Mechanics One Morning at the Rio Grande GorgeJudith Strasser, Yom Kippur Fast in TaosSusan Zwinger, Coming of Age in the Grand CanyonLinda Elizabeth Peterson, Into the EscalantePatricia Wellingham-Jones, On the Lip of the Rio Grande GorgeLinda Joy Myers, Songs of the PlainsMary E. Young, View from a Hot Air BalloonLiza Porter, She CouldSusan J. Tweit, Riding the River HomeDenise Chávez, Four Meditations on the Colorado RiverLianne Elizabeth Mercer, SunriseDiane Ackerman, Working on the TequesquitePat Ellis Taylor, Indian Hot SpringsLaura Girardeau, Natural BridgesNancy Mairs, Writing WestMary Sojourner, ClosingHome Address: The Nature of Urban LifeNaomi Shihab Nye, Home AddressJudith E. Bowen, MowingSandra S. Smith, Madrugadora/Early RiserSueEllen Campbell, The World Is a NestConnie Spittler, One Scarlet PenstemonPat Mora, Voces del JardínLisa Shirah-Hiers, Spinning Water into GoldSybil Estess, Sunset on the BayouLeslie Marmon Silko, The People and the Land ARE InseparableJanice Emily Bowers, A Full Life in a Small PlaceJan Jarboe Russell, Into the WoodsEarth Is an Island: Nature at RiskCeiridwen Terrill, IslandsMargo Tamez, My Mother Returns to CalabozNancy Ellis Taylor, Condor Country/New Year's EveJulia Gibson, Coyote MountainCarol Coffee Reposa, In Parida CaveHallie Crawford Stillwell, DroughtNancy Linnon, Surviving: What the Desert Teaches MeGloria Anzaldúa, El RetornoPatricia Wellingham-Jones, Sacrifice to ProgressP. J. Pierce, The PondThe Sustaining LandTeresa Jordan, SustenanceJoan Shaddox Isom, Gathering at the RiverMargo Tamez, The CollectionSandra Ramos O'Briant, Chile Tales: The Green AddictionSandra Lynn, Poem in Which I Give You a CanyonPatricia Nordyke Pando, Dumplings Come to TownRosemerry Wahtola Trommer, Wish ListWendy Rose, Lost CopperEllen Meloy, Think Not of a Tectonic Plate but of a Sumptuous FeastThe Key Is in Remembering: Growing Up on the LandPaula Gunn Allen, The Trick Is ConsciousnessRoxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Red Dirt: Growing Up OkieDavi Walders, Jewish Oil BratDavi Walders, Big Spring, Fifty Years AfterJanie Fried, Okarche, 1961Mary Bryan Stafford, BlowoutRebecca Balcárcel, Crepe MyrtlesJackie Woolley, Belonging PlaceLeslie Marmon Silko, "Not You," He SaidJoyce Sequichie Hifler, The Hills of SummerPaula Stallings Yost, Mercury Risin'Eagle Inside UsJoy Harjo, Eagle PoemKathleen Dean Moore, Alamo Canyon CreekMargo Tamez, On the WingMargo Tamez, Hummingbirds Compete for the Tobacco TreeMarie Unini, The RavenJoy Harjo, FishingPenelope Moffet, LeaveningTerry Tempest Williams, WaterPattiann Rogers, A PassingEllen Meloy, My Animal LifePenelope Moffet, PresenceKelly Tighe, SnakeCarol Fox, Working CattlePattiann Rogers, KnotNancy Owen Nelson, Coyote Love MusicSybil Estess, Mastodon TeethAlison Hawthorne Deming, MonarchsAlison Hawthorne Deming, Sleep, Monarchs, rising and fallingWhat We Leave BehindJoy Kennedy, What We Leave BehindSusan Cummins Miller, The Bone-Man's ApprenticeKathryn Wilder, Stones and JawbonesBeth Paulson, AshesLisa Swanstrom, Land of the Gaping MouthsLianne Elizabeth Mercer, Lament at DuskErica Olsen, Trail GuideDeborah K. Wilson, Light on the WaterSharman Apt Russell, When the Land Was YoungBarbara Kingsolver, Not Long AgoLianne Elizabeth Mercer, How to ClimbAcknowledgmentsAbout the ContributorsAbout the EditorsAbout the Story Circle NetworkPermissions Credits
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