This event was recorded on October 18, 2022 at TACAW, as part of the 2022 Aspen Words Writers in Residence program, in partnership with Aspen Public Radio.
Leath Tonino is a freelance writer who publishes prose and poetry in Orion, The Sun, New England Review, Tricycle, High Country News, Outside, and dozens of other magazines and journals. He is the author of two collections of essays: “The Animal One Thousand Miles Long” and “The West Will Swallow You” (Trinity University Press, 2018 and 2019). Her work has been supported by the Ellen Meloy Fund for Desert Writers, the Taft-Nicholson Center for Environmental Humanities, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Awesome Foundation, among others. Before becoming a full-time freelancer at age twenty-four, he shoveled snow at the South Pole and tracked raptors with the US Forest Service on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Aspen Words offers year-round programs in Aspen and throughout Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley. This conversation is part of the 2022 Summer Writers in Residence program which helps developing writers by providing time, space and accommodation in the Elk Mountains. Each writer spends three weeks in Woody Creek, CO, focusing on an ongoing project, and giving free community talks and readings as part of their Aspen experience.