Kathryn Wilder’s memoir, Desert Chrome: Water, a Woman, and Wild Horses in the West, is forthcoming from Torrey House Press in May, 2021. Wilder’s essays have been cited in Best American Essays, nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and have appeared in such publications as High Desert Journal, River Teeth, Midway Journal, Fourth Genre, Sierra, many Hawai`i magazines, and more than a dozen anthologies. A graduate of the low-rez MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts, she was a 2016 Artist-in-Residence at Denali National Park and Preserve, finalist for the 2016 and 2019 Ellen Meloy Fund Desert Writers Award, and 2018 finalist for the Waterston Desert Writing Prize. She lives among mustangs in southwestern Colorado, where she ranches with her family within the Dolores River watershed.

You may preorder Desert Chrome here: https://www.torreyhouse.org/desert-chrome.


“Wilder’s love of horses and the land is the theme threaded through her, and her writing makes a heartsong of it all.” 
—LIDIA YUKNAVITCH, author of The Chronology of Water

“Desert Chrome journeys through parched valleys, on wild rivers, and into deep rock canyons on a unique quest. In this authentic, hard-won account of her life, Kathryn Wilder finds the warm, true hearts she’s been seeking and that deserve our humanity, healing, and a hell of a lot better future than they’ve been dealt. There’s a quiet heroine at the center of this story, yes, pointing toward a beautiful world. It can be ours if we’ll love better, lean closer, and listen to the voices, like Wilder’s own, well worth heeding from birth.”
 —REBECCA LAWTONauthor of The Oasis This Time

“A raw and honest journey of addiction, love, trauma, and redemption—grounded in a deep love of place and all things mustang. The best memoirs reveal the deeply personal in order to see the larger world with renewed clarity and insight—this is one such book. As Wilder moves from heroin to horses, we see a substantive journey of recovery and strength—and ultimately, of resilience.”
 —LAURA PRITCHETT, author of The Blue Hour

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