Edward Abbey is considered by many to be the father of the modern-day environmental movement; his well-loved book Desert Solitaire turns fifty this year. Abbey fans and critics alike will welcome Irvine's fresh insights into this complex icon of the American West.
Desert Cabal brings a new and much-needed perspective to current conversations on immigration, public lands, climate change, and gender equality.
Irvine's memoir, Trespass: Living at the Edge of the Promised Land, received the Orion Book Award, the Ellen Meloy Desert Writers Award, and the Colorado Book Award; the Los Angeles Times wrote that it "might very well be Desert Solitaire's literary heir."
Irvine's first book, Making a Difference: Stories of How Our Outdoor Industry and Individuals are Working to Preserve America's Natural Places, was one of three books featured in the Washington Post for Earth Day 2002.
Amy Irvine is a sixth-generation Utahn and long-time public lands activist. Her work has been published in Orion, Pacific Standard, High Desert Journal, Climbing, Triquarterly, and other publications. Her memoir, Trespass: Living at the Edge of the Promised Land, received the Orion Book Award, the Ellen Meloy Desert Writers Award, and Colorado Book Award. Her essay "Spectral Light," which appeared in Orion and The Best American Science and Nature Writing, was a finalist for the Pen Award in Journalism, and her recent essay, "Conflagrations: Motherhood, Madness and a Planet on Fire" appeared among the 2017 Best American Essays' list of Notables. Irvine teaches in the Mountainview Low-Residency MFA Program of Southern New Hampshire University--in the White Mountains of New England. She lives and writes off-the-grid, in southwest Colorado, just spitting distance from her Utah homeland.