Reading Colorado: A Literary Road Guide (Paperback)
Take a drive into the literary landscape of Colorado. Meet Kent Haruf's bachelor ranchers in the Eastern Plains, ride the old cattle trails with Larry McMurtry, rail against nuclear weapons with Allen Ginsberg, go drinking at jazz clubs with Jack Kerouac, climb the highest peaks with Isabella Bird and Enos Mills, explore the cave dwellings of Mesa Verde with Willa Cather. Reading Colorado, a high-octane road trip through the diverse literary landscapes of Colorado, highlights the words of native people, the journals of exploration, the stories of early mining and agricultural frontiers, urban tales reflecting the emergence and growth of Denver and the Front Range, and a diverse range of contemporary voices, from the Plains to the Peaks, who invite the reader into their home towns. The travel guide format is perfect for exploring the Centennial state in a hammock strung between pines, on the couch with your feet kicked up by the fire, or by hitting the road with your favorite traveling companion. The guide includes many writers not yet anthologized and others who have become household names, and the place-based focus makes it easy to jump around to the parts of Colorado you're most interested in. It will deepen personal maps and enhance road trips for residents, visitors, and armchair travelers alike.
Peter Anderson was the Bennett Fellow Writer-in-Residence at Phillips Exeter Academy for the 2015-16 school year. His books include Heading Home: Field Notes (Bower House/Conundrum Press), First Church of the Higher Elevations (Bower House/Conundrum Press), a collection of essays on wildness, mountain places, and the life of the spirit, and Going Down Grand: Poems from the Canyon (Lithic Press, 2015), an anthology of Grand Canyon poems edited with Rick Kempa. Peter lives with his family on the western slope of the Sangre de Cristo Range.