What is the West?
The West is a realm where incomplete manifest destiny left sufficient pockets of indigenous wisdom to begin a re-education process for naive and headstrong immigrants to the land. The still-vibrant cultures of First People, and the Wilderness remnants and processes of the land itself, work together to lure all inhabitants toward a respectful and sustainable way of life. Writers, singers, artists, and other progressive citizens witness for this process, and testify to old and future ways of being.
Kim Stafford directs the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark College, and is the author of a dozen books of poetry and prose, including Having Everything Right and 100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do: How My Brother Disappeared. His poetry chapbook How to Sleep Cold is forthcoming in fall 2016 from Limberlost Press. He has taught writing in Scotland, Italy, and Bhutan.