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Joshua Tree Writers Festival

Joshua Tree Writers Festival

A celebration of writers, books, readers, and ideas inspired by our deserts and Joshua Tree National Park.

Writers Ruth Nolan and Claire Vaye Watkins will conduct a panel discussion, “Daughters of the Desert.” In addition, Chris Clarke and Rohini Walker will conduct a panel on “Environmental Writing.” Other impressive writers who will read from their works include Caryn Davidson, Susan Rukeyser, Rahsaan Diaz, Gordon Johnson, Reilly Powell, Mark Shoup, Anne Connole, Mike Vail, Cheryl Montelle, and Tania Marien. This event will be held in the Sanctuary of the Joshua Tree Retreat Center, which is an octagonal shaped room with wonderful acoustics.

Kim Marcus, Serrano/Cahuilla from the Santa Rosa Mountains, will conduct a native American tobacco blessing at the beginning of the event and will tell a story of the Serranos at the Oasis of Mara. In addition, his family will conduct a traditional bird song during the lunch break.

Mojave Desert writers Claire Vaye Watkins, recently named “The important New voice of the American West” by the L.A. Times and Ruth Nolan, the inaugural Mojave Desert Literary Laureate, will read excerpts of their writing inspired by growing up and coming of age in wild and woolly places in the rural Mojave Desert and going from there. This presentation will include time for discussion and question/answer following the readings.

Heyday Press, Bamboo Dart Press, and Space Cowboy Bookstore will have displays and books for sale at the event.

Registration includes access to three special programs on Sunday. These programs include a visit to the petroglyphs of Coyote Hole, a special hike at the Pioneertown Preserve, and the class, Field Sketching for Non-Artists. Don’t miss out on this wonderful week- end of writers, creative exploration and outdoor adventures.

This event is sponsored by the Joshua Tree National Park Association.


Nov 12 2022


9:00 am - 3:00 pm



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Joshua Tree Retreat Center
59700 Twentynine Palms Highway, Joshua Tree, CA, USA
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