our authors


Wayne County, Utah, is called home to a very talented group of authors.

We are pleased to provide this outlet for them to share their work with you.

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Ray Conrad

Ray Conrad is an artist, musician, composer, and poet. He spent many years on the ski patrol at Alta Ski Area. Ray found new creative forces when he moved to Teasdale in the 1980’s. He is a partner at Gallery 24, where his artwork is displayed. Most weekends he can be found playing guitar and harmonica with “Rough Around the Edges” and the “Moony Wash Boys.” His poetry forces the reader to smile.

 



David Lee

Dave, retired, is in intense training to achieve his goal of becoming a World Class Piddler. Utah's first and longest serving Poet Laureate and author of 23 books of poetry, David Lee has also been a boxer, pig farmer, seminary student, cotton mill worker, and baseball player. Lee earned a Ph.D. with a specialty in the poetry of John Milton, and served as the Chairman of the Department of Language and Literature at Southern Utah University where he taught for more than 3 decades.

 



Joy Morris

Joy Morris, Ph.D. is a nature enthusiast and a psychologist in Torrey. Joy has 24 years of experience working as a Psychologist. She is passionate about deepening our connection with the land and ourselves. Joy loves the beauty and wildness of the Capitol Reef area, which the Navajo and Ute Indians referred to as The Land of the Sleeping Rainbow.

  ~ Come to The Land of the Sleeping Rainbow. Enter the land of your soul. ~

 



Scott T. Smith

Scott has been a full-time freelance photographer since 1988 when he quit his “real” job. He and his wife, Mary, lived in their truck and a tent in the backcountry for a year while making photos. Scott and Mary spent six years building a straw bale house in Torrey, and say, every day, “Wow, we live here!”

 

Scott's books include "Nevada: Magnificent Wilderness", "Along Wyoming’s Continental Divide Trail", "Salt Lake City Impressions", "Utah: Wild and Beautiful", and "Cache Valley".



Guy Tal

Guy explored the deserts and mountain of Israel as a youth. He emigrated to California then Utah’s famous canyon country, a place that inspires him deeply and where he practices most of his work. A life-long learner and explorer, Guy’s interest in art, science and philosophy converged with his intense love of wild places, finding expression in photography and writing. He is a frequent contributor to several photographic publications, a public speaker and educator. His first book, More Than a Rock, was published in 2015.

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Chip Ward
Chip co-founded HEAL Utah and served on the board of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. Starting as a bookmobile librarian, Ward ended his library career as Assistant Director of the Salt Lake City Public Library. His books, "Canaries on the Rim" and "Hope’s Horizon", describe his political adventures. An essay about homelessness, “How the Public Library Became the Heartbreak Hotel,” is the inspiration for the movie The Public now in production. Chip lives in Torrey, Utah.