Heading Home: Field Notes
Why do people choose to live at the end of the road? Ask anyone in Crestone, Colorado how they came to live there and you are likely to hear an interesting story–one with many twists and turns and detours, plenty of roadside attractions and adventures, and maybe a few dead ends along the way.
Crestone author Peter Anderson came there looking for a place to finish a book on mountains and the life of the spirit. Having just graduated from Earlham School of Religion, a Quaker seminary, he was drawn to the space, silence, and mountain geography of Crestone. He found a small house and moved in with his wife and a baby daughter. They were only planning to spend the winter. That was seventeen years ago.
In 2015, Conundrum Press (Golden, Colorado) re-published First Church of Higher Elevations, the book that Peter finished up in Crestone. In May 2017, Conundrum will be publishing another book called Heading Home: Field Notes, which includes flash prose and prose poems about Anderson’s home territory in the San Luis Valley, as well as brief dispatches from other out-of-the-way places where Anderson lived and worked as a river guide, backcountry ranger, and small newspaper reporter. He currently teaches composition and creative writing at Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado.
Anderson describes his new book as “a gathering of field notes—observations, recollections, and stories along the way, where home is understood as a work in progress and the way is a road that never ends.” The book begins with his dharma-bum passion for the road that leads him through the mountains and high deserts of the American West and eventually lands him in Crestone, which he describes as an “end-of-the-road town full of mystics, misfits, and other mountain dwellers.”
“Poetry, humor, wisdom, grace: these words best describe Heading Home,” says Colorado author Laura Pritchett, author of Stars Go Blue and Red Lightning, “Part cultural critic, part poet, part wanderer, Anderson is a funny gentle guide, whether pondering the sorrows of loss, the joys of the seasons or the cultural eccentricities of the modern day west.”
Writing in the Midwest Book Review, senior staff writer Diane Donovan described the book as “a powerful cocktail of evocative, beautiful prose that is not to be missed by any who appreciate a literary voice from this part of the country. It is award-quality writing that should please readers who appreciated A River Runs Through It. Yes, it’s that good. “
Peter Anderson will be reading at the Blue Sage Center for the Arts on Saturday, June 10th at 7:00 PM. He will also be offering a free writing workshop on writing in the “hybrid zone,” creating flash fiction and prose poems from 2-4 PM that same day.