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Romantic Pragmatism, Pragmatic Romanticism: Claire Boyles’ ‘Site Fidelity’

Claire Boyles, ‘Site Fidelity’ (W. W. Norton & Company).

What is Claire Boyles’ American West? Lauren and the Colorado-based writer cover a vast landscape of topics—each as wide and far-reaching as the region itself. From the shame and sadness of a lively, sustainable farm gone to seed to caregiving as a radical act, this is a conversation everyone must listen to, Site Fidelity a book everyone must read.

About Claire:

Claire Boyles is a writer, teacher, and former sustainable farmer. She received her MFA in creative writing from Colorado State University. Her fiction has appeared in Boulevard and the Kenyon Review. She lives in Loveland, Colorado.

Claire Boyles recommends:

Sabrina & Corina: Stories by Kali Fajardo-Anstine (One World, Penguin Random House)

Cowboys and East Indians: Stories by Nina McConigley (Curtis Brown Unlimited)

Anything written by Laura Pritchett

Lauren Korn recommends:

Site Fidelity by Claire Boyles (W. W. Norton & Company)

Public Waters: Lessons from Wyoming for the American West by Anne MacKinnon (University of New Mexico Press)

Mountain City by Gregory Martin (North Point Press)

Where the Water Goes: Life and Death Along the Colorado River by David Owen (Riverhead Books)

Great Plains by Ian Frazier (Picador USA)

The team for this episode of The Write Question included Lauren Korn, host and co-producer; Peter Hoag, co-producer, editor; and Beth Anne Austein, sound engineer.

Our music was written and recorded by John Floridis.

Funding for The Write Question comes from Humanities Montana; members of Montana Public Radio; and from the Greater Montana Foundation—encouraging communication on issues, trends, and values of importance to Montanans.

The Write Question is a production of Montana Public Radio.

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Lauren R. Korn holds an M.A. in poetry from the University of New Brunswick, where she was the recipient of the Tom Riesterer Memorial Prize and the Angela Ludan Levine Memorial Book Prize. A former bookseller and the former Director of the Montana Book Festival, she is now an Arts and Culture Producer at Montana Public Radio and the host of it’s literature-based radio program and podcast, ‘The Write Question.’
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