This compelling anthology gathers together personal impressions of the Malheur-Steens country of southeastern Oregon, known for its birding opportunities, its natural beauty and remoteness, and, more recently, for the 2016 armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Contributors of poetry and narrative nonfiction include biologists, students, tourists, birders, and local residents, thus reflecting the perspectives of both visitors and residents.
Edge of Awe celebrates the immense variety of human experience in the Malheur-Steens region. This high-desert marsh country has long been a place of human habitation, work, and recreation, but this compendium is weighted toward the writing of visitors over the past one hundred years. It encompasses a wide range of experiences, such as fishing the Blitzen River, attending the Steens Running Camp, leading a mule train on Steens mountain, looking for rare migrant birds, boating on the great marshes, and much more.
Anyone who has visited the awe-inspiring Malheur-Steens country or plans to do so, and anyone with an interest in the region, will find inspiration in this literary companion.
CONTRIBUTORS: Chas Biederman, Charles E. Bendire, Greg Bryant, Sean Burns, Alan L. Contreras, Harry Fuller, Ira N. Gabrielson, Quinton Hallett, Ada Hastings Hedges, David Hedges, Hendrik Herlyn, Meli Hull, William Kittredge, Ursula K. Le Guin, Maitreya, David B. Marshall, John F. Marshall, Tom McAllister, Thomas C. Meinzen, Peter Pearsall, Dallas Lore Sharp, William Stafford, Noah K. Strycker, Peter Walker, Ellen Waterston, C.E.S. Wood