Geography of Hope: Poets of Colorado's Western Slope

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About the Author

David J. Rothman's most recent volumes of poetry both came out in 2013: The Book of Catapults (White Violet) and Part of the Darkness (Entasis). A volume of essays about skiing, mountaineering and mountain towns, Living the Life (Conundrum), also came out in 2013. Rothman's previous volumes of poetry include Dominion of Shadow, Beauty at Night and The Elephant's Chiropractor, which was a Finalist for the Colorado Book Award, and he edited The Geography of Hope: Poets of Colorado's Western Slope. He is also co-author, with the late Stanley Rothman and Stephen Powers, of a social science study, Hollywood's America: Social and Political Themes in Motion Pictures. He lives in Crested Butte, Colorado. He is Editor of the Rocky Mountain Poetry Series, published by Conundrum Press. His poems, essays and scholarly work have appeared widely, in journals including Appalachia, Atlantic Monthly, Gettysburg Review, Hudson Review, Kenyon Review, Poetry, and scores of other newspapers, journals and periodicals.He has worked extensively both as a teacher and as an arts and educational administrator. He has been a President of the Robinson Jeffers Association and serves on several non-profit boards in education and the arts, including the governing board of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP). He has also served on a number of grant review panels for organizations such as the National Endowment for the Humanities, the President's Council on the Arts and Humanities, and the Colorado Council on the Arts, the Maryland State Arts Council. He has been a Colorado Statewide judge for Poetry Out Loud and has served as Poet in the Schools in Chatfield (CO) Senior High School.


"Because of the Western Slope's topography, the region has been settled later than other parts of the country and state, and as a result, is still finding its cultural voice. There is the possibility to create something new. And this possibility of creation, constructing a unique and expansive identity is the hope in The Geography of Hope." -- David Buck "Glenwood Post"
"Whatever your taste in poetry you are sure to find something that speaks to you in this volume. Humor, regret, nature, politics, love and a dash of magic are all represented in light and darkness. The diversity of the poetry is wonderful. That it speaks to us through the common ground of Western Slope writers is both moving and significant." -- Mike Nobles "Montrose Morning Sun"
"All the poets share a common thread -- a reverence for the land, a deep love for the high deserts and higher mountains we live upon in western Colorado. And through this reverence, they further our understanding of the soil and rock under our feet." -- John Nizalowski "Telluride Times-Journal"
There is a cohesion...despite the diversity, and it is truly delectable to the senses. The poems are fraught with beauty, delightful imagery, politics, nature, complexity and fury." -- Mitzi-Jill Rapkin "Crested Butte Chronicle & Pilot"
"This book of an expression of the kind of hope and humor that is still possible in the American West." -- Phaedra Greenwood "The Taos News"
"The Geography of Hope is tied together by love for a place--the West--which, paradoxically, is known for its rootlessness and lack of connections. It is a pleasure to look at and to hold." -- Lynda La Rocca "Colorado Central Magazine"
"I like sampling this wonderful anthology in little bites, savoring one poem at a time...The book defines the place and the place defines the poets. Good stuff." -- Suzanne Cheavens "Mountain Freak"