Upcoming Events

published March 2013 by University of Utah PressAug. 22-24, Reimagining Wildlife, Taft Environmental Humanities Center, Montana, essay and talk

Aug. 12, Bondurant Library, 7 p.m., reading from Seven Summers

May 2014, Utah Lit selection for May, Salt Lake Tribune feature May 25 & online discussion May 30.

May 7, Interview on Access Utah (UPR, USU), Seven Summers (rebroadcast)

Nov 6, 2013: Tanner Humanities Center Work-in-Progress talk, A Regular Day for the Moon, noon

Sep 28, 2013: Utah Humanities Book Festival, Quiet Voices:  Literature & Landscapes

 “With a profound and poetic appreciation for the world around her, Corbett pens an expressive memoir of a personal journey of independence and discovery.”     

review in Booklist

Seven Summers is one of those special books set in the modern American West. It is so thoroughly of its place that one could believe that it wouldn’t have relevance for those living in other areas of the country. Corbett’s quiet, eloquent writing proves that assumption wrong. Don’t think of this title as … a “Wyoming book.” Instead think of it in the same vein as Sand County Almanac… An enjoyable and compelling book to read.

review in goodreads.com

Seven Summers: A Naturalist Homesteads in the Modern West is the story of a naturalist-turned-professor who flees city life each summer with her pets and power tools to pursue her lifelong dream– building a cabin in the Wyoming woods. With little money and even less experience, she learns that creating a sanctuary on her mountain meadow requires ample doses of faith, patience, and luck. This mighty task also involves a gradual and sometimes painful acquisition of flexibility and humility in the midst of great determination and naive enthusiasm. For her, homesteading  is not about wresting a living from the land , but respecting and immersing herself in it — observing owls and cranes, witnessing seasons and cycles, and learning the rhythms of wind and weather in her woods and meadow. The process changes her in unexpected ways, just as it did for women homesteaders more than a century ago. (March 2013, University of Utah Press)