“Utah has been my home for over half a century. Native Americans have inhabited these landscapes since time immemorial. The writers in Red Rock Stories capture that connection in essays and poems that run as deep as the canyons of the Colorado River.” —Robert Redford
“In voices as rich and varied as the land itself, Red Rock Stories converges upon a vision for a relationship with the living land which is both ancient and urgent, a healing vision where the land and the people are linked by mutual responsibility.” —Robin Wall Kimmerer
“If you haven’t been there, these words will take you. If you have, drink these stories, poems, remembrances, essays like rain from a water pocket and remember.” —Craig Childs
“There is no more foundational element of democracy than shared public lands. Whatever we can do to defend them, we must, and then more. In conversation, in thought, in deed, our voices must rise—in good and necessary efforts like Red Rock Stories.” —Rick Bass
“Public lands accessible to all nurture a free people, of diverse cultures, some with ancient bonds to such landscapes. They are not a luxury or a waste. Try running an engine with gas but no oil. Also, please read this book.” —David Quammen
When politicians threaten public lands, America’s writers respond. Red Rock Stories lies squarely in this 60-year tradition—a lineage of fiery and eloquent “battle books” to rally support for conservation causes.
Originally created as a limited edition presented to Congress and the Obama administration, Red Rock Stories testifies to the international significance of Utah’s redrock wildlands. These 35 writers span three generations, and many of them belong to the Southwest’s Native nations. Their call for healing helped inspire a national movement that led to the creation of Bears Ears National Monument in 2016.
In essays, poems, and vignettes filled with passion, wisdom, tenderness, and outrage, these writers bring to life the canyon country of southern Utah. Their words move, soothe, and heal, building to a call to action on behalf of one of the most astonishing places on our planet. This collection of stories surely will become a landmark in the history of art as advocacy.
Bruce Babbitt, Shonto Begay, Alastair Bitsoi, Christopher Cokinos, Jim Enote, Thomas Lowe Fleischner, David Gessner, George Handley, Mary Ellen Hannibal, Amy Irvine, Kevin Jones, Jacqueline Keeler, Brooke Larsen, David Lee, Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk, Kathleen Dean Moore, Gary Paul Nabhan, Michelle Nijhuis, Simon Ortiz, Juan Palma, Jen Jackson Quintano, Jana Richman, Sam Rushforth, Lauret Savoy, Karen Shepherd, Mary Sojourner, Luci Tapahonso, Anne Terashima, Stephen Trimble, Mark Udall, Chip Ward, Ann Whittaker, Charles Wilkinson, Brooke Williams, Terry Tempest Williams.