A Late Autumn’s Tale

“She Drove US To The River Of Sorrows” is a story close to my heart–each word chosen carefully, mulled over and revised more times than I can say. Parenting is transformational. You just keep doing your best, failing sometimes, remembering failing brings essential lessons and then trying again. I’m so glad this story found a home in one of my favorite publications.

The art work by Deborah Sussex is a perfect match. I’m so grateful for the pairing. The piece is called “Finding My Way Back.”



Join Kierstin Bridger & Teow Lim Goh

Saturday, June 11, 2016, 2:00 pm

Innisfree Poetry Bookstore, Boulder, CO

as they read from their books that seek to recover the voices of women lost to history. A lively discussion on poetry and reclaiming lost histories will follow.


On Kierstin Bridger’s Demimonde (Lithic Press):


Demimonde means, the half-world. This collection of poems is in the voice of women of that other world, on the fringe, in the gauze of one or another apothecary drams. The prostitutes of frontier Telluride, and other Old West mining towns, come alive on these pages with images that evoke a grayer time when cruelty could be swept aside.

These are the songs of saloon girls and prostitutes working the mining camps of the old west— mocking and lyrical, forlorn, ragged, radiant with hunger and cruelty. Check out their clean lines and spikey language, their gunfire and laudanum and perfume.”

  • Joseph Millar, author of Overtime and Blue Rust




“In between seeing and saying. In between shadow and fire. The voices and words in Islanders honor the bodies of women disappeared from history, reminding us how it is that America has always been standing on the bodies of those it swallowed whole. In the lost voices of Chinese women detained at Angel Island we have the chance to yet hear something from the ruins: song.”

– Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Small Backs of Children

Of Arc by Kierstin Bridger

Califragile is such a cool online lit mag!


Stepping across the threshold
I take a long, smoky pull
from the August dark,
try to memorize dirt and water
all that holds me on this blue orb
every boy I met at midnight
every car I pushed down the road
revved like thunder
leaned into bend and turn
to escape the rearview
bridges snapping
rope and board
peripheral flickers of constellation
bigger than the small grip of control
it took to shut out the lights
lock the door,
secure the privacy settings.

In this brittle haze of nostalgia
I remember another mad man is in charge
but this time I have a child asleep
while I secret this drag.
my curated walls are enflamed
my zip code could be nuked
just like that it could be gone.
I have to take off my specks—
what you do before a fight–
My opponent will blur
the way they did…

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Demimonde wins Willa Award!



8547 E. Arapahoe Road #J541

Greenwood Village, CO 80112-1436




Doris Baker, WILLA Chair/WWW Past President

Email: Doris@FilterPressBooks.com





August 24, 2017


Women Writing the West Announces

2017 WILLA Literary Award Winners and Finalists


(Denver, Colorado) – Women Writing the West (WWW) is proud to announce the 2017 WILLA Literary Award Winners and Finalists, representing the best of 2016 published literature for women’s or girl’s stories set in the American West. WWW is the underwriter and annual presenter of this nationally recognized award.

Chosen by professional librarians, historians, and university affiliated educators, the winning authors and their books will be honored in Tucson, Arizona, October 26-28, 2017, during the 23rd Annual Conference.

The 2017 honorees in seven categories are listed with the designation of Winner or Finalist in each category.








WINNER: Piano Tide by Kathleen Dean Moore (Counterpoint Press)


FINALIST: The Burning Hour by Jessica Barksdale Inclan (Urban Farmhouse Press)


FINALIST: Hidden Star Corinne Joy Brown (Friesen Press)




WINNER: Basque Moon by Julie Weston (Five Star Publishing)


FINALIST: Eliza Waite by Ashley Sweeney (She Writes Press)


FINALIST: Maggie’s Blanket by Kimberly D. Schmidt (University of New Mexico Press)

FINALIST:  Mercer Girls by Libbie Hawker (Lake Union Publishing)





WINNER:  Beloved Over All by Irene Sandell (Double Mountain Press)


FINALIST: The Road We Traveled by Jane Kirkpatrick (Revell/Baker Publishing Group)


FINALIST: The Canyon House by Janice Gilbertson (Pen-L Publishing)




WINNER: Fast into the Night by Debbie Moderow (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)


FINALIST: Seasons Silently Waiting by Eileen Mayer Thiel (self-published)


FINALIST: Wilderness Fever by Linda Preston McKinstry (High Plains Press)






WINNER:  Soap Suds Row by Jennifer J. Lawrence (High Plains Press)


FINALIST: Queen of the Heartbreak Trail by Eleanor Phillips Brackbill (Rowan & Littlefield)


FINALIST: Finding Dorothy Scott by Sarah Byrn Rickman (Texas Tech University Press)





WINNER: Demimonde by Kierstin Bridger (Lithic Press)


FINALIST: Quiet, Except for the Wind by Carolyn Dufurrena (Quinn River Press)


FINALIST: Burning in this Midnight Dream by Louise Bernice Halfe (Coteau Books)





WINNER:  Soldier Sister, Fly Home by Nancy Bo Flood (Charlesbridge Publishing)


FINALIST Turn of the Tide by Rosanne Parry (Random House Children’s Books)


FINALIST: Sweet Home Alaska by Carole Estby Dagg (Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin Random House)



Books published in 2017 will be honored in the 2018 WILLA Literary Awards. The entry period opens December 1, 2017. The deadline for submission is February 1, 2018.

WWW is a non-profit organization of writers and other literature-oriented professionals, writing and promoting the Women’s West. Membership is open to all persons worldwide.

For more information about the WILLA Awards, Women Writing the West, or the 23rd Annual Conference, please contact Alice Trego, WWW Administrator, P.O. Box 726, Jordan, UT 84084 (www2Trego@gmail.com) or visit our website at WomenWrtitingtheWest.org.  



Women Writing the West is a Colorado non-profit corporation and is tax exempt pursuant to IRC 501 (c)3). Contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. (Federal ID# 84-1207060). Women Writing the West is registered as a charitable organization by the Colorado Secretary of State. (Approved Charitable Solicitations Filing #: 20153037447)