From a Sundance Books and Music news release
Griffin is one of the West’s highly admired poets, and his book reveals his brilliance as a memoirist and reporter of life on the rim of the Great Basin, one of the continent’s emptiest, most beautiful and most threatened places.
The vivid memoir of Griffin’s life in Virginia City is both an account of making a home in a historical monument replete with colorful characters, confused tourists and spectacular scenic beauty, and the narrative of his and his wife’s efforts to bring about social change where poverty was considered best left unseen and funds to support services were scarce.
Anthem for a Burnished Land (Southern Utah University Press, 2016) is an engaging account of life in one of America’s most storied places, full of powerful insights into the town’s past and present and often-moving stories about its varied residents.
Griffin is the co-founder and director of Community Chest, a rural social-justice agency serving children and families in northwestern Nevada since 1991. For over 20 years he has taught a poetry workshop at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center and publishes a journal of the resulting work, Razor Wire.
His latest books include This Is What the Desert Surrenders, New and Selected Poems and From Sorrow’s Well: The Poetry of Hayden Carruth. He received the Rosemary McMillan Lifetime Achievement in Art Award in 2006, awarded by the Sierra Arts Foundation, and the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 1995.
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