Y'all. I'm so thrilled at how this year's cover turned out. Less guidebook-y and more the literary anthology it truly is, it's frankly gorgeous. We had some stiff competition during the cover photo contest.
What's even better? There's a woman on the front—on lead, plugging gear. PSYCHED about that.
Twelve out of 21 writers this year are women. Five out of six interior art pieces were worked by women. Oh, sure, you'll still find gut-curdling epics and brutal, try-hard tales of dedication on grades I can't begin to imagine projecting. Overall, the book is more meditative, more introspective, and more focused on community.
Stories from the Drylands II is a collection of true stories about the rock told by climbers of diverse backgrounds, all who've made a home in Southern Arizona. I'm honored to showcase their fine and thought-provoking work in this anthology.
I estimated my personal volunteer hours on this project today.
*darts over to log hours*
In Tucson? Join us at Ermanos Dec 7 for the Release Party!
This itsy flash from Joshua Tree has my heart in it. Go read it.
This February, read or listen to "Mudbelly" in Inklette Magazine: Issue IV.