Past Meetup

Rae Taylor, Jack Loeffler and Kyce Bello at Collected Works!


Dear readers, friends and family in the Southwest,

Its been a year now that The Land: Our Gift and Wild Hope has been making its way in the world (and into some of your homes!). I'm grateful for the wonderful responses many of you have given me and more than happy to know that the book offers people hope, beauty and courage among today's many trials in the land. Of course, I am very encouraged too that the bookstores I've contacted continue to welcome it in their stores in the Southwest and in Quebec.

Today, though, I'm writing to give you a heads up about the heartening next step: a small tour in January. I am thrilled to be able to read from The Land in my favorite home places, Denver, Taos and Santa Fe. You are of course very welcome! Please note the dates! What's particularly satisfying for me with these readings is that each one will be done in collaboration with others. This meets my deep desire to have the book be part of the wider on-going conversation on the land.

The three events in the "tour" are:
in Denver, Colorado: Thursday, January 10th at 7:30pm at the Tattered Cover's LoDo store (16th & Wynkoop, in lower downtown)
in collaboration with The Rocky Mountain Land Library (

in Taos, New Mexico: Thursday, January 17th at 7 p.m. at the Harwood Museum on 238 Ledoux Street in Taos in collaboration with SOMOS (Society of the Muse of the Southwest), "The literary heart of Taos and northern New Mexico." There I'll be on stage with Nasario Garcia, author and oral historian who I very much look forward to meeting. ( The bookstore in Taos that carries my book is Moby Dickens Bookshop.

and in Santa Fe, New Mexico: Thursday January 24th at 6pm at Collected Works Bookstore 202 Galisteo St. (
For this reading I have invited two other knowledgeable authors who share the sense of the spiritual in the land to join me: Jack Loeffler, aural historian, sound collage artist, and devoted chronicler and defender of Western watersheds and A. Kyce Bello, writer, nurse, mother, herbalist and important river activist in the Santa fe area, who I met as editor of The Return of the River,
For more of her down to earth spirit, go to her delightful blog "Old Recipe for a New World." See Jack's non-profit corporation Lore of the Land ( for more on his amazing work and his new book, Thinking LIke a Watershed.
And please, feel free to visit my webpage anytime!

I look forward to giving you more specific details early in January, but did want to share this good news now before Christmas. I hope to share one of these events with you.

In the meantime, my heartfelt wishes for a truly Happy and Peaceful Holiday season,