Alison Hawthorne Deming is a woman who knows her place. Born and raised in Connecticut, Deming came west to live in Tucson only about ten years ago, the practical result of being offered a position at the University of Arizona. But the unique problems of a region where great natural beauty and irreplaceable resources are being overrun by progress have since become the crux of her ensuing work. "Coming here as a New Englander, I've been able to see things and write about things as an outsider," she says of her transformation from Yankee to wild Westerner. "At first, I didn't know what I was seeing -- I had to relearn what I knew about the natural world, and I had to relearn what I knew about American culture. It was as if making that geographical shift also made me shift as a writer." And it was an opportune shift for Deming -- the change resulted in such... More >>>
Poet/essayist Alison Hawthorne Deming reflects on the modern West.