Light in the Trees: Reading & Signing: May 29
Light in the Trees, new from Texas Tech University Press, is a memoir of home, nature, and change in the American West. Light in the Trees makes cultural and environmental topics personal through a narrator’s travels between past and present, rural and urban. Growing up on a mountain foothill in western Washington, Gail Folkins offers a small-town viewpoint of the Pacific Northwest. Sasquatch myths and serial killer realities, a runaway Appaloosa, and turbulent volcanoes beneath serene mountaintops help chronicle a coming of age for both a narrator and a place. Later, a move to the Southwest expands Folkins’s view of the West. From this new perspective paired with frequent journeys to the Northwest, she explores challenges of the natural world, from wildlife habitat and water quality to a changeable climate and wildfires, navigating new versions of home and self along the way.
Gail Folkins, writer and English instructor, often writes about her deep roots in the American West. Gail has worked as a journalist, a writer/editor overseas, and a writing instructor. Originally from Issaquah, Washington, she studied English and journalism at Washington State University, wrote for newspapers in the Pacific Northwest, and wrote creatively on her own. After moving to Austin in 1989, she worked as a writer/editor for several companies, including National Instruments. She began teaching after receiving a master's degree in English at Texas State University. From 1999-2000, she worked in Switzerland as a writer/editor. She joined the graduate program at Texas Tech University in 2003, completing her PhD in creative nonfiction in 2006. Her essays, articles, fiction, and poetry have appeared in various journals, while her creative nonfiction book Texas Dance Halls: A Two-Step Circuit (Texas Tech University Press) was released in September 2007. She has a nature-themed memoir set for release in 2016. Gail writes and teaches in the Seattle area. More information at http://www.gailfolkins.com/.