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The Waterston Desert Writing Prize honors literary nonfiction that illustrates artistic excellence, sensitivity to place and desert literacy with the desert as both subject and setting.
Congratulations to this year’s winner of the Waterston Desert Writing Prize, Ceal Klingler, for How We Live With Each Other!
Klingler’s submission addresses how animals, plants and other organisms have created livable places with each other at the hard edges of heat, cold, dehydration, floods and fires at the westernmost overlap of the Mojave and Great Basin deserts.
Join us on Wednesday, September 29 for the Award Ceremony, an evening of readings and literary discussion exploring the complex desert landscape.
In addition, 2021 Waterston Guest Judge Elizabeth Woody (Navajo, Warm Springs, Wasco, Yakama) will do a reading. A writer, poet and visual artist, Woody served as Oregon’s Poet Laureate in 2016.
Return Thursday, September 30 for A Desert Celebration!
Meet writer Kevin Fedarko, author of The New York Times bestseller The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon. He will dive deep into the iconic desert landscape through words and imagery by his partner in adventure, National Geographic photographer Pete McBride.
The mission of the Waterston Desert Writing Prize is to strengthen and support the literary arts and humanities in the High Desert region.
Celebrate this year’s Prize with us!
WATERSTON DESERT WRITING PRIZE: AWARD CEREMONY
Wednesday, September 29
FREE but registration is required
WATERSTON DESERT WRITING PRIZE: A DESERT CELEBRATION
Thursday, September 30
$7, Museum members receive 20 percent discount