“Words for the Wild”, a literary reading featuring regional writers from the journal Deep Wild: Outback Writing, will set up camp on Thursday, October 20, 6 p.m. at the departmental library of Sublette at Pindale.
Featured presenters will be Stephanie Eardley, writer and ultra-marathon runner from Mountain View, whose essay “Just a Couple Miles: Mountain Ultra-Running” is featured in Deep Wild 2022; Jackson’s Stephen Lottridge, whose story “Three White Pelicans” was published in deep wild 2021and Rick Kempa of Grand Junction, Colorado, founding editor of Deep Wild Diary.
Deep Wild Diary is unique in the literary space with its mission “to provide a home for creative work inspired by journeys to places where there are no roads”. In the current issue, published this summer, 51 writers invite us to ski, mountaineer, canoe, climb, snowshoe, hunt, fish, horseback ride, swimming, cross-country running and especially hiking.
Stephanie Eardley lives on a ranch in southwest Wyoming and is most often found along a hunting trail with her children and a backpack full of books. Since its publication in deep wild, his work has also appeared in Seahorse Magazine. She’s run two ultramarathons and is training in the mountains above her home for a fifty-mile race in the Grand Canyon. His latest passion is skydiving.
Stephen Lotridge, a retired clinical psychologist and former director of Southwest Counseling Services, resides in Jackson. He is the author of two books, three white pelicans (Deep Wild Press, 2021), a collection of stories about raising his two daughters in the Wyoming wilderness; and The old bison: thread in the fabric of a Western life (Fulton Books, 2022). A third collection, Bauer’s Book: Stories from a Forgotten City, is forthcoming from the University of Utah Press.
Rick Kempa is the author of three collections of poetry, the most recent of which Too big to sleep of Littoral Press, and editor of two books on the Grand Canyon. He taught for 31 years at Western Wyoming College, retiring in 2018. Since then, he has devoted much of his time to launching Deep Wild Diary and seek out their own wild places.
Deep Wild Diary is now receiving essay, fiction and poetry submissions for its fifth issue, which will be published next summer. More information on the submission process will be provided during the reading.
The Sublette departmental library is located at 155 S. Tyler Ave. The event is free and will be followed by a signing session. Refreshments will be served.