Blossom as the Cliffrose: Mormon Legacies and the Beckoning Wild


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About the Author

KARIN ANDERSON is a professor of English at Utah Valley University where she focuses on creative writing, lit theory, wilderness and environmental writing, LGBTQ lit, contemporary narrative genres, and honor legacies. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and holds degrees from Utah State University, Brigham Young University, and the University of Utah. The author of the novel Before Us Like a Land of Dreams, she hails from the Great Basin of Utah. DANIELLE BEAZER DUBRASKY directs the Grace A. Tanner Center for Human Values and is an associate professor of creative writing at Southern Utah University. Danielle holds a PhD in creative writing from the University of Utah and an MA in English/creative writing from Stanford. She is lead author of a poetry curriculum published by the Journal of Poetry Therapy and a two-time winner of the Utah Division of Arts and Museums original writing competition in poetry. Her chapbook, Ruin and Light, won the 2014 Anabiosis Press Chapbook Competition and her poems were published in Invisible Shores, a limited edition artist book from Red Butte Press. She lives in Cedar City, Utah.


"Meditative and energizing, fierce and loving, balanced and rhythmic. An invitation to welcome faith and nature, and to embrace the tensions and beauty that spring from every crack and cranny along the way."

"When I ask my Mormon-Jewish daughter when she feels most Mormon, she tells me, 'When I am outside, in the canyons, in the mountains, in the West.' The beloved community of writers assembled here articulates a thousand reasons why so many of us feel this way. Danielle Beazer Dubrasky and Karin Anderson are expert guides to this territory. Let them and this book bring you home."
--JOANNA BROOKS, author of The Book of Mormon Girl and coeditor of Mormon Feminisms and Decolonizing Mormonism

"No idea looms larger in the Mormon mind than wilderness--a pure, unspoiled place that gives people refuge and prepares them for revelation. Blossom as the Cliffrose gathers some of Mormonism's most creative voices to testify to the power of wilderness spaces--in the land, in our faith, and in our lives. The essays and poems in this volume come from the heart of the wilderness and are themselves both refuge and revelation."
--MICHAEL AUSTIN, author of Reading the World and Buried Treasures