Confluence: Navigating the Personal & Political on Rivers of the New West


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Torrey House Press
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5.2 X 7.9 X 0.6 inches | 0.45 pounds

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About the Author

Zak Podmore is a Utah-based writer, film producer, and editor who covers conservation issues and Utah politics. He is a Report for America fellow at the Salt Lake Tribune, editor-at-large for Canoe & Kayak, and editor of the Canyon Echo: A Journal of Southeast Utah. He has written for Outside, Sierra, High Country News, Four Corners Free Press, High Desert Journal, and the Huffington Post. His films have been selected for the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival, and the Colorado Environmental Film Festival, and his magazine writing won a 2018 Folio Eddie Award.


"Podmore's essays resemble Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau with an extra dose of social, racial and political analysis."

"Deeply researched and deeply personal . . . Podmore's grief and his love of the landscape run through the book, lyrical and raw."

"Podmore's writing is as personal as it is hard-hitting, leaving an impact with its thoughtfulness and depth of reporting."

"These essays combine an adventurer's soul with a philosopher's head. Kudos to Zak Podmore, a fresh new voice from the West."
--PHILIP CONNORS, author of A Song for the River

"Zak Podmore has written a book of promise: a promise that beauty matters; a promise that history lives through us; a promise that the Colorado River teaches us about life and death and the depth of both."
--TERRY TEMPEST WILLIAMS, author of Erosion

"An ambitious, adventurous ride. The words themselves move like rivers--from choked, bucking rapids to languid flat water, to eddies swirling with uncomfortable truths... Zak Podmore has unleashed the kind of storytelling that will inspire the next great wave of ecological activism--and not a moment too soon."
--AMY IRVINE, author of Desert Cabal

"The publication of Confluence marks the arrival of an important new voice in the West."
--DAVID GESSNER, author of Ultimate Glory and All the Wild that Remains

"Finally! Finally a young writer who deeply feels and understands the power of water, the power of emotion, the power of words. Confluence is a profoundly personal and philosophical look at Western rivers and their value to all souls."
--ANDY NETTELL, Back of Beyond Books