Peter Anderson


First Church of the Higher Elevations: Mountains, Prayer, and Presence (Conundrum Press, 2015)
Set on an island of mountains in Utah’s red rock country, in a Colorado ghost town near the Continental Divide, along a ridge above Salt Lake City, on a mountain above America’s most toxic county, and on the trails of the High Uinta Wilderness, First Church of the Higher Elevations (Ghost Road Press; 2005) explores the ecology of story, spirituality, and landscape.

Telling It Real: The Best of Pilgrimage Magazine (Pilgrimage Press, 2009)
edited by Peter Anderson

This collection is centered around the themes which a wide range of voices have explored in Pilgrimage Magazine over the years: story, place, spirit, and witness. Story has to do with the value of letting our lives speak, of sharing what we’ve learned on the road. Place is rooted in the desire for a sense of being at home in our own skins and in the geographies that sustain us. Spirit speaks to the ways in which we are led beyond our own personal concerns and into an appreciation of a greater wisdom wherever it may come from. Witness is a willingness to be present to both the joys and terrors that we encounter along the way, and to let them lead us into a deeper sense of interrelationship and responsibility.

Another priority, both in editing the magazine and this anthology, has been to provide a place for the writers of the American Southwest to meet and listen to one another. Colorado writers are most heavily represented here, but so are voices from Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, California, and beyond.

A Grand Canyon Journey: Tracing Time in Stone (Children’s Press)
On dry land, the world was empty and silent—not a single sign of life. Out in the shallow waters, however, it was different. There were shellfish and seaworms. Jellyfish bobbed on gentle waves. Crab-like trilobites crawled through the ooze on the seafloor. Close your eyes, and let the world go dark for a while. Imagine yourself underwater. Maybe you feel the tug of the tides. Perhaps you notice changes in the ocean temperature. Prior to the evolution of eyesight, the experience of primitive sea creatures was limited to these kinds of sensations. During this era, when the Bright Angle shale was deposited, the trilobite may have been the first creature on earth to see the world it lived in.

Selected Works

Going Down Grand, the first full-length anthology of Grand Canyon poetry, gathers the voices of cowboys, explorers, river-runners, hikers, artists, geologists, rangers, and others whose words bear witness to this complex and magnificent place. For readers on the river, the trails, the rim, or beyond, the poems on these pages will make fine canyon company. Edited by Peter Anderson and Rick Kempa and nominated for a Colorado Book Award.
Heading Home begins with Peter Anderson's dharma-bum passion for the road, which leads him through the mountains and deserts of thr American West, and eventually lands him in an eccentric end-of-the-road town fill of mystics, misfits, and mountain dwellers. This book is a gathering of "field notes"--observations, recollections, and stories along the way, where home is understood as a work in progress and the way is a road that never ends.
In these contemplative essays written for seekers and adventurers of all kinds, Peter Anderson explores the scripture of place, the topography of memory, and the landscape of the imagination.
Independent, reflective, progressive, place-and-spirit-centered voices in and beyond the American Southwest. Telling it Real offers up some of the best work that has appeared in Pilgrimage Magazine since 2002.
From School Library Journal
Grade 4-6. Anderson takes readers on a guided tour from the rim of the Grand Canyon down to the valley floor. One can almost imagine traveling downward on the back of a mule as the colorful narration describes the geological history that created the distinct layers of rock. Clear, informative, and interesting prose and pictures make this a solid selection for libraries.

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