Book Launch, Poetry of Water: Beth Schultz, Water-Gazer

In addition to Beth reading from her new book, Water-Gazers, she will be joined by readings by the following local poets: Annette Billings, Steve Bunch, Danny Caine, Brian Daldorph, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, Tracy Harrison, Megan Kaminski, Gary Lichliter, Denise Low, Rhonda Miller, Kevin Rabas, Jeanie Wilson.

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ISBN: 9781942371342
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Published: Futurecycle Press - August 2nd, 2017

Elizabeth Schultz's sixth book of poetry, WATER-GAZERS, confirms and inspires our dependency on and our fascination with water. With particular attention to lakes and oceans, her poetry considers water not only as a source of multitudinous life, but specifically as a source of joy, of surprise, and occasionally of distress and disaster. The rhythms of water are the rhythms of her poetry.

Reading: Maria Polonchek, In Good Faith

Polonchek will be reading from her new book In Good Faith: Secular Parenting in a Religious World. Raven staff member, Kelly Barth, has this to say about Good Faith: "In Good Faith isn't a one-size-fits-all solution for every parent: That's its beauty.

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ISBN: 9781442270664
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Published: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers - August 8th, 2017

Part memoir, part cultural exploration, this book covers the author's journey as she grows up in an evangelical Christian home, leaves religion behind as a young adult, and goes on to raise children in a family outside of religious belief.

Authors Gail Storey, Priscilla Stuckey, and Christine Byl

I Promise Not To Suffer: A Fool For Love Hikes The Pacific

With comfortable urban lives in Houston, Texas, and career and life goals mostly accomplished, Gail D. Storey and her husband were in their fifties when they decided it was timeto test themselves on a new path—a 2,663-mile path known as the Pacific Crest Trail, which stretches from Mexico to Canada.

I Promise Not to Suffer is Gail's light-hearted yet heart-felt memoir about her and her husband's adventures and misadventures, deepening marriage, and reflections on being irrevocably changed by life on the trail. She was a novice hiker, while he was an experienced outdoorsman. Removed from their usual routines and living outside in the wilderness for months exposed hidden intricacies in their relationship. Hiking 20 miles a day over mountains, thirsting in the high desert of California, forcing frozen feet into icy socks and boots each morning in the High Sierra, stumbling through lava fields in Oregon—Gail was required to meet the elements on their own tough-love terms. From an encounter with a mountain lion to her mother's battle with cancer at home, she confronts each challenge with wit and brave style. While a dangerous loss of weight forces Gail to leave the PCT after 900 miles, she regains strength and later rejoins her husband on sections until he triumphantly reaches the northern terminus in Canada.

Humorous yet honest, this journey of harrowing hilarity and reluctant revelations will be loved by active hikers (appendices include details of their unique ultralight gear and other essential how-to information), fans of female adventure stories, and armchair travelers alike.

Gail Storey

Gail Storey’s hilariously harrowing memoir, I Promise Not To Suffer: A Fool for Love Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail, won the Barbara Savage Miles from Nowhere Award and is forthcoming from Mountaineers Books in Spring 2013.
She’s the author of two novels, The Lord’s Motel and God’s Country Club, as well as a book of poetry and numerous pieces in magazines.

The New York Times Book Review said The Lord’s Motel was “A tale of unwise judgments and wise humor.” Susan Fromberg Schaeffer said in the Chicago Sun-Times: “Profoundly moving and riotously funny….Gail Storey has created such powerful, vivid characters….The Lord’s Motel is a work of art, succeeding on so many fronts…that it truly dazzles.”

God’s Country Club was a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection.

Author Rosellen Brown said: “Gail Donohue Storey’s talent, like that of her characters, is for ‘living hopefully in the dark night of the soul.’ She lightens that dark considerably by giving us a very funny (and dead on) commentary on the endless war between the sexes, the Yankees and the South, and finally, the self and its stubborn ghosts. God’s Country Club is written with great elan.”

Gail is married to Porter Storey, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.A.H.P.M., a national leader in hospice and palliative medicine.Together they bicycled on their tandem from Houston to Maine, hiked parts of the Appalachian Trail, bicycled on their tandem from Houston to San Diego, and tackled the 2,663-mile Pacific Crest Trail over the mountains from the border of Mexico to Canada. And they’re still married!

Gail is also a comic performance artist who hoopdances and jumps out of cakes, not necessarily at the same time.

Her literary papers are archived in the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections. For more information, please visit:

Her literary papers are archived in the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections. For more information, please visit:

Kissed by a Fox

Kissed by a Fox: And Other Stories of Friendship in Nature

The idea that nature is separate from human life, and needs to be fixed, exploited, and bent to human will flows throughout Western civilization. For Priscilla Stuckey, a scholar and Earth advocate, this is a fundamental and heartbreaking misconception that has sunk Westerners into an agony of separation, from loved ones, from other creatures, from rich but unruly emotions, in short, from our ability to connect, through senses and feeling and imagination, with the world that is our home.

Drawing inspiration from sources as varied as ancient philosophy, indigenous world views, Christian ethics, Buddhist philosophy, Feminist theory, and Western psychology and science, Kissed by a Fox invites readers into a different story of nature, one in which humans and nature are not separate and can create meaningful relationships to practice more sustainable living in such perilous ecological times. What emerges is a vision of a truly connected life where humans reorder their relationships to the natural world to see nature as alive, aware, and ready to engage in dialogue and friendship.

"Through a tenderly woven collection of essays that blend personal reflections with spirituality, philosophy, animal behaviorism, evolution, geology and ecology, first-time author Stuckey explores the great rift between the living, breathing world and the modern culture bent on developing and destroying it." – Publishers Weekly

Priscilla Stuckey

Priscilla Stuckey is a writer, scholar, editor, and Earth-advocate with a passion for reconnecting people with nature. Since 2005 she has taught humanities, spirituality, ecology and feminist theory in the graduate programs of Prescott College (Ariz.). When she lived in Oakland (Calif.), a creek that ran through her property inspired the start of the Butters Canyon Conservancy, a neighborhood-based land trust for which she served as founder and first president. She is now active in the local and international movement to extend legal rights to nature. She lives in Boulder, Colo. For more information, please visit:


Dirt Work: A
Education in the Woods 

Byl first encountered the national parks the way most of us do: on vacation. But after she graduated from college, broke and ready for a new challenge, she joined a Glacier National Park trail crew as a seasonal "traildog" maintaining mountain trails for the millions of visitors Glacier draws every year. Byl first thought of the job as a paycheck, a summer diversion, a welcome break from the "real world" before going on to graduate school. She came to find out that work in the woods on a trail crew was more demanding, more rewarding–more real–than she ever imagined.





Christie Byl lives in Healy, Alaska, where she and her husband run a trail-design and construction business. She received her MFA in fiction from the University of Alaska-Anchorage in 2005, and her prose has appeared in many literary magazines, journals, and anthologies. Byl lives off the grid with her husband and her sled dog, in a yurt on a few acres of tundra just north of Denali National Park. When she isn’t working outside or writing, she loves reading, homestead projects, wilderness adventures, and anything that happens in the snow.