Writing from the Land: 2nd Friday of every month
Nature, the oldest community we know, animates the landscapes we live on and love. We are "born to" nature, carrying in our cells an innate affinity for that wild community of interwoven lives, and it is where we "go home" when we die. Reconnecting to the land and its diverse community of species large and small can inspire and enrich our writing, and our understanding of who we are and what our lives mean.
Susan J. Tweit began her career studying the the life and times of sagebrush, what grizzly bears eat, and how wildfires behave. She turned to writing when she realized that she loved the stories behind the data more than collecting the data itself. Her writing on the "community of the land" - the relationships between species - has won regional and national awards, including most recently a HARVEY Award from Colorado Authors League for "Creating Buzz" on native bees for Audubon magazine and a Silver EDDIE award for "The Refuge," a cover feature for National Parks magazine.
Her twelve books include Walking Nature Home: A Life's Journey, forthcoming in 2009 from University of Texas Press, and Colorado Scenic Byways: Taking the Other Road, chosen by Colorado's Governor Ritter as his personal gift to dignitaries visiting the state, including the Clintons and the Obamas. Her work appears in magazines and newspapers ranging from Audubon to youngARTS, and the Los Angeles Times to Popular Mechanics, and is heard on community radio station KHEN-FM. She is also a contributor to Story Circle Network's WILLA Award-winning anthology What Wildness Is This. She lives with her husband, sculptor Richard Cabe, on a "re-greened" former industrial site in the heart of Salida, Colorado.