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8/7/2012 10:12:00 AM
Inner Canyon experiences wanted for anthology
Editors looking for adventures, challenges, discoveries and sensory experiences of the inner Canyon, submissions welcome until Dec. 31
A solo hiker contemplates the inner Cayon. Submitted Photo.
A solo hiker contemplates the inner Cayon. Submitted Photo.

Clara Beard
Williams-Grand Canyon News Reporter

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - Vishnu Temple Press and editor Rick Kempa are seeking well-crafted essays for an anthology that captures the experience of hiking in the Grand Canyon.

The editors are looking for adventures and discoveries, challenges faced and overcame, the sensory experience of a Canyon hike, close encounters with flora and fauna, rock and water specifics of particular Canyon places, interactions with other people, present or past new /renewed perspectives arising from a Canyon hike.

"We are looking for the full range of the inner Canyon experience," Kempa said, who is a writing teacher and seasoned editor. "We'd like people to tell their stories, to reflect on them a little bit. I want to encourage people to share their stories and shape their experience into words."

Kempa has hiked into the Canyon countless times. His first experience was in 1974 and his most recent was this past March.

"It's a place that's pretty close to my center of balance for sure," he said. "Just to get down there, whether it's a trail that I've done many times or a new one, each trail is an event."

Kempa has received a variety of perspectives from first time hikers, hardcore veterans, search and rescue workers, rangers, trail guides, people who got lost, and people who have found themselves in the Canyon. A wide range of views is welcome for submission.

"We are excited about this book," he said. "To my knowledge, there is no anthology about the inner canyon experience out there. It will serve a purpose that has not yet been served."

Rick Kempa is a poet, essayist, and veteran Canyon hiker. Littoral Press published bellowing Ark Press published a book of his poems, Keeping the Quiet, in 2008, and Bellowing Ark Press published his books Broadside and What the Canyon Teaches, in September. He was artist-in-residence at the South Rim in August 2010.

The essays may vary in length. Send one or more essays totaling no more than 6,000 words as an attachment file (.doc, .docx, or .rtf) to or mail to Rick Kempa, 504 Walnut St., Rock Springs, WY 82901

Deadline for all submissions is December 31.

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