S173. The Sonoran Desert: A Literary Field Guide

Robert Muroff Bookfair Stage, LA Convention Center, Exhibit Hall Level One
Saturday, April 2, 2016
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


More than 50 writers respond to the stunning biodiversity of one of the world’s most important deserts. From serious to comic, postmodern to narrative, this community produced an anthology as varied as the desert itself. Editors and contributors will do brief readings, followed by a discussion of the processes behind creating a unique book that combines, for the first time, anthologizing creative work with (playful) natural history descriptions and illustrations found in traditional field guide.



Christopher Cokinos is the author of three books of literary nonfiction, including Bodies, of the Holocene, and a poetry chapbook, Held as Earth. The winner of a Whiting Award, he directs the MFA program at the University of Arizona and is affiliated faculty with the Institute of the Environment.

Eric Magrane is a poet and cultural geographer and the first poet in residence at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. The founding editor of Spiral Orb, he is currently completing his PhD in geography at the University of Arizona. He is the coeditor of A Literary Field Guide of the Sonoran Desert.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center