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Writing the Southwest

By David K. Dunaway and Sara L. Spurgeon

A bold collection of literature on the Southwest from the best American writers…

The southwest of the USA is a region where dances for rain and prayers to the santos mix with New Age and high-tech jargon. This has produced some of the most exciting writing in America today. Writers such as Edward Abbey, Tony Hillerman, Joy Harjo, Barbara Kingsolver, and Terry McMillan, are all linked together by the desire to understand the interplay between humans and the earth.

This compelling collection offers outstanding selections of contemporary Southwestern literature along with a biographical profile, a bibliography, and an original interview with each of the fourteen authors. Diverse in style and focus, the authors of the Southwest are united by a sense of place and an awareness of the heritage and textures of this multicultural, multilingual land.

David King Dunaway was born in Greenwich Village, and is currently a professor at the University of New Mexico. His biography of Pete Seeger, How Can I Keep From Singing, won the Deems Taylor Award for excellence in writing on American music. His biography of author Aldous Huxley, Huxley In Hollywood, is also available from The Odyssey Press.


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