Cassie Kircher: Far Flung

Please join us as we welcome author Cassie Kircher as she reads and signs Far Flung: Improvisations on National Parks, Driving to Russia, Not Marrying a Ranger, the Language of Heartbreak, and Other Natural Disasters (In Place), Thursday, August 15, at 6:30 PM.

Cassandra Kircher was in her twenties when she was hired by the National Park Service, landing a life that allowed her to reinvent herself. For four years she collected entrance fees and worked in the dispatch office before being assigned as the first woman to patrol an isolated backcountry district of Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park. There, Kircher encountered wonder and beauty, accidents and death. Although she always suspected the mountains might captivate her, she didn’t realize that her adopted landscape would give her strength to confront where she was from—both the Midwest that Willa Cather fans will recognize, and a childhood filled with problems and secrets.

Divided and defined by geographic and psychological space, Far Flung begins in the Rockies but broadens its focus as Kircher negotiates places as distant as Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, Russia’s Siberian valleys, and Wisconsin’s lake country, always with Colorado as a heartfelt pivot. These thirteen essays depict a woman coming to terms with her adoration for the wilds of the West and will resonate with all of us longing to better understand ourselves and our relationships to the places and people we love most.

Cassandra Kircher’s first book, Far Flung: Improvisations on National Parks, Driving to Russia, Not Marrying a Ranger, the Language of Heartbreak, and Other Natural Disasters, will be published in 2019 with West Virginia University Press. Her essays have been named notable in Best American Essays and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She received first place in Flyway’s Notes in the Field Contest.

Kircher’s essays appear in North Dakota Quarterly, South Dakota Review, Cold Mountain Review, Apalachee Review, Razor and others, including Permanent Vacations: Twenty Writers on Work and Life in Our National Parks

Her reviews and critical work on the essay appear in Fourth Genre, Brevity, ISLE: Literary Studies in Literature and the Environment, The AWP Writers’ Chronicle, Ecofeminist Literary Criticism: Theory, Interpretation, Pedagogy, The Journal of the Southwestern American Literature, Essay Daily, and others.

 

Event date: 
Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
607 Trolley Square
Salt Lake City, UT 84102

Cassandra Kircher was in her twenties when she was hired by the National Park Service, landing a life that allowed her to reinvent herself. For four years she collected entrance fees and worked in the dispatch office before being assigned as the first woman to patrol an isolated backcountry district of Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park.