Author Event with Peter Anderson and John Nizalowski

Peter Anderson and John Nizalowski will be here for a Southwestern inspired reading of their newest works, followed by a Q&A and signing.

Peter Anderson’s most recent books include Heading Home: Field Notes (Conundrum Press, 2017), a collection of flash prose and prose poems exploring rural life and the modern day eccentricities of the American West which won the 2018 nonfiction award from the Colorado Authors League ; Going Down Grand: Poems from the Canyon (Lithic Press, 2015), an anthology of Grand Canyon poems, which was nominated for a Colorado Book Award; and First Church of the Higher Elevations (Conundrum Press, 2015), a collection of essays on wildness, mountain places, and the life of the spirit. Peter lives with his family on the western slope of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Crestone, Colorado where he helped launch the Crestone Poetry Festival, an annual gathering of southwestern poets.

Heading Home begins with Peter Anderson’s dharma-bum passion for the road, which leads him through the mountains and high deserts of the American West, and eventually lands him in an eccentric end-of-the-road town full of mystics, misfits, and other mountain dwellers.

This book is a gathering of “field notes”—observations, recollections, and stories along the way, where home is understood as a work in progress and the way is a road that never ends.


A resident of Grand Junction, John Nizalowski is the author of five books, a multi-genre work entitled Hooking the Sun; two collections of poetry, The Last Matinée and East of Kayenta; and two volumes of essays, Land of Cinnamon Sun and Chronicles of the Forbidden (Irie Books, 2019). Currently, he teaches mythology, creative writing, and composition at Colorado Mesa University. His blog, “Dispatches from the Land of Cinnamon Sun,” can be found at

In Chronicles of the Forbidden, essayist John Nizalowski explores the twilight realm where the natural and the mythological worlds intersect in the American Southwest. Rooted in the writings of Frank Waters, Loren Eiseley, and N. Scott Momaday, Nizalowski brings an American Transcendentalist framework to the Four Corners region as he relates his and his family’s exploration of its powerful landscapes and ancient sacred spaces. As author Alan Kishbaugh states, “In Chronicles of the Forbidden we can hear an unerring authentic voice of theland, the west, and beyond…. Here is an evocation of a place and a time into a realm of magical realism, not of fiction, but of an actuality where all things possess an animating spirit.”

Event date: 
Friday, July 26, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Heading Home: Field Notes Cover Image
ISBN: 9781942280217
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bower House - May 30th, 2017

Chronicles of the Forbidden: Essays of Shadow and Light Cover Image
Please email or call 303-284-0194 for pricing of this book
ISBN: 9781515417224
Published: Irie Books - November 27th, 2018