Eric Magrane is the first poet-in-residence at the
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. He has been an artist-in-residence in
three national parks and is the founding editor of Spiral Orb, an
experiment in permaculture poetics. Magrane is currently completing
his PhD in geography at the University of Arizona
Christopher Cokinos is the author of three books of literary nonfiction: Hope Is the Thing with Feathers: A Personal Chronicle of Vanished Birds, The Fallen Sky: An Intimate History of Shooting Stars, and Bodies, of the Holocene. Winner of several national awards, Cokinos teaches in the MFA program at the University of Arizona, USA, and is affiliated faculty with the Institute of the Environment.
Paul Mirocha is the artist in residence at Tumamoc Hill. Mirocha has illustrated numerous books, including work by Gary Paul Nabhan and Barbara Kingsolver. Mirocha is the winner of multiple awards, including those from the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles and the Arizona Commission on the Arts.
""It's also a book to get away with. Let the rest of the
country rant and rave and post and tweet and babble. The writers
inside these pages aren't listening. They are too busy getting out
there and getting lost, naming plants and animals, teaching and
learning, and doing the vital work of mapping their
-David Gessner, author of All the Wild That Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, and the American West
""The Sonoran Desert: A Literary Field Guide brings to life the beauty, strangeness, and biodiversity of the plants, invertebrates, birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians that make the Sonoran Desert their home. It is as charming as it is informative, even if you live nowhere near a desert. What a wonderful resource this book is.""
-Ann Fisher-Wirth, co-editor of The Ecopoetry Anthology
""Forget what you think you know about deserts-or field guides. This is something entirely unexpected and entirely necessary. Among the fairy duster and devil's claw, bobcat and butter-butt-among the tears of laughter and lament-you'll rediscover another awesome creature that has long found sustenance in the desert: the human creative spirit.""
-John T. Price, author of Man Killed by Pheasant: And Other Kinships
""A book of delights for the mind and spirit, this is what a field guide ought to be. What better way to truly see a place than through the unblinking eyes of literature? What better way to truly love a place than through the embrace of ecology? Put them together, as Magrane and Cokinos have brilliantly done, and here is their irresistible invitation to the spectacular desert.""
-Kathleen Dean Moore, author of Wild Comfort: The Solace of Nature