La Tray & Durham@WRI: Little Shell & Wolf Tree
Chris La Tray is a Métis storyteller and the award-winning author of One-Sentence Journal, Descended From a Travel-worn Satchel, and the forthcoming Becoming Little Shell (Summer 2023, Milkweed Editions). He is a descendent of the Pembina Band of the mighty Red River of the North and an enrolled member of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians, and lives near Missoula, MT. He is the winner of the Montana Book Award and the High Plains Book Award.
La Tray’s poems and essays arise from wild and human landscapes as they criss-cross and intersect. They speak with delicate simplicities of the death of a favorite pickup truck, the joy of hitting the trail with a four-legged companion, and the exhilaration of following the tracks of a grizzly in fresh snow.
La Tray writes “of revelations, of creekwalks and roadfood and ordinary sadnesses, ordinary joys—which are, in the end, the only kind,” says Joe Wilkins, author of Fall Back Down When I Die.
Heather Durham is a personal essayist and a student of wild nature, a human animal in conversation with the more than human world. A naturalist and contemplative writer with a bachelor’s in psychology, and dual masters in ecology and creative nonfiction, she has held a variety of nature-focused jobs and currently works at the Wilderness Awareness School.
Heather’s latest book: Wolf Tree: an ecopsychological memoir-in-essays, melds her backgrounds in psychology and ecology to examine relationships with landscapes, animals, and human animals, and the difficulties and rewards of connecting with all those outside our own skins.
“Wolf Tree is magic; not in the manner of the wide-eyed crystal-kisser, but vibrant and gritty, fecund and restrained... Durham’s magnificent, unruly world of birds and bugs and plants and people is the one I prefer to inhabit too. She reminds us we humans are noisy animals but then, time and again, reveals the truths we discover if we approach the world, like so many of our relatives do, in silence. This is a holy book,” writes Chris LaTray, author of Becoming Little Shell.
“striking, openly vulnerable, and deeply personal… this book is a true gift… stirred and scratched, scoured and smoothed into a rare and beautiful thing glimmering with so much life,” says Derek Sheffield, award-winning author of Not For Luck.
“Heather Durham’s new book is nine kinds of beautiful. Fearless, authentic, raw, glistening, intense, wondering, wandering, untethered, highly original… Wolf Tree is nothing short of stunning,” writes Lyanda Lynn Haupt, author of Rooted.
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