Twenty-five years ago, Rebecca Lawton and I appeared together in an anthology, Walking the Twilight: Women Writers of the Southwest (Northland Publishing, 1994). I worked as an editor at Northland, my desk a mess of manuscripts set beside the biggest picture window I have ever seen, where ponderosa pines grounded me through glass as I worked this coveted but indoor job. When Becca’s story reached the top of the pile and I opened her manilla envelope, I was instantly lifted up out of the stale room and dropped into the wild depths of Grand Canyon, in love with a man who slept in his boots.
I knew immediately that “What I Never Told You” was not only a fit but would help shape the book, my first as an editor.
Since that initial phone call, the one where I got to say, “I want to include your story,” Becca’s and my writing connection and friendship has deepened and thrived.
Now, as the first winner of the Waterston Desert Writing Prize, Becca is the leader of the pack of writers included in Deserts.
As a 2018 finalist, I am in there, too.
Many thanks to Ellen Waterston and Louise Hawker for taking on this monumental task! The book can be ordered at https://www.waterstondesertwritingprize.org/new-anthology.