Lyrics for Rock Stars


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V Press LC
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.42 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

Heather Mateus Sappenfield's writing explores the adventures that fill life, often in the Rocky Mountain landscape that has been her lifelong home. She's fascinated by the many selves each of us becomes in our varied roles throughout the day (some we like, some we do not), and her writing often delves into the internal adventure of juggling those multiple selves. Among the recognitions she's received are the Danahy Fiction Prize, the Arthur Edelstein Prize, three Pushcart Prize nominations, and finalist for the Flannery O'Connor Award, the Kraken Prize, and the Colorado Book Awards.
Jessica Bell is a multi-award-winning author/poet and singersongwriter who was born in Melbourne, Australia.In addition to having published a memoir, five novels, four poetry collections, and numerous craft books on writing and publishing, she is also the Publisher of Vine Leaves Press, and a highly sought-after book cover designer.She currently resides in Athens, Greece, with her partner and son, and a pile of dishes that still don't know how to wash themselves despite her consistently teaching by example.For more information about Jessica and her projects, visit,


"Wow! Lyrics for Rock Stars is a rousing literary adventure set in a brilliant Colorado landscape. The western men and women in these stories ski, bicycle, race with donkeys, work on ranches, taunt bears, and run away in search of wild horses or a kind word. And then there are the children of these distraught mothers and disappointing fathers. Sappenfield's courageous children will bring you to tears as they work their way through the messes the adults make. These vivid, muscular stories make me feel glad to be human."-Bonnie Jo Campbell, Mothers, Tell Your Daughters, National Book Awards and National Book Critics Circle Awards Finalist

"Welcome to the beautiful state of Colorado. Meet its inhabitants. Visit all the most spectacular sites, and a few dark and scary ones too. In Lyrics for Rock Stars, Heather Mateus Sappenfield has drawn a map of Colorado and written a legend that describes the inner workings of its people's hearts."

-Camille T. Dungy, author of Guidebook to Relative Strangers, National Book Critics Circle Awards Finalist

"Stepping into the stories in Lyrics for Rock Stars is like stepping into lives you already know, people you've lived with, or if you don't know them already, you'll wish you did. Writing about the inhabitants of landscapes she knows by heart, Sappenfield makes her people come alive on the page and you'll turn each of those pages hoping for them, pulling for them, realizing, slowly, that their lives are our own. "

-Pete Fromm, A Job You Mostly Won't Know How to Do, Five-Time Winner of the Pacific Northwest Bookseller Award

"An exploration of the inner lives of marriage and mountain towns, the stories in Lyrics for Rock Stars rise like the foothills to meet the peaks. From airport parking lots to high desert meadows, Sappenfield knows the modern West."

-Nicole Magistro, 2015 Kirkus Prize Fiction Judge

"['Indian Prayer' is] finely observed and painstakingly crafted in a way that reminds me of Thomas McGuane's 'A Prairie Girl' which recently appeared in the New Yorker-only I like 'Indian Prayer' better. Every element has been fitted in a way that rewards even an unpracticed eye turned to the hidden stitchery of fiction."

-The Review Review

"Short stories often get short thrift when it comes to critical and readerly attention, even though their short form means it is much harder to paint a convincing narrative. Heather Mateus Sappenfield manages it with Lyrics for Rock Stars...each story features a memorable Rocky mountains character who wrestles with a personal challenge. Some stories have a historical theme, some have contemporary settings, and their character are so diverse that I found it almost impossible to narrow the collection down to a favorite story. That Heather Mateus Sappenfield can write in so many a testament to her enormous capabilities as an author. - NetGalley Reviewer