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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Bonnie Mangold

Bonnie’s cello career spans more than six decades. She graduated from the Julliard School of Music. Her musical stops include principal cellist of the National Orchestra of Colombia, in Bogotá, and further study in London. In 1969 Bonnie came to Utah, accepting a position with the Utah Symphony, where she remained until moving to Teasdale in 2006.

The beauty and solitude of Wayne County has allowed her to heal from an illness that left her unable to play for a time. However, the hiatus from the cello motivated her to turn to writing.  Her fourth book is now out, an etude book for cellists based on her own pieces.

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. Chip lives in Torrey, Utah.

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.


Dawn House

When Dawn House purchased a teetering cabin in Torrey, Utah, she didn’t have it torn down for scrap but began to examine the building. She found an extraordinary story there. In The Trail to Poverty Flat: Forgotten Stories of the Utah Frontier, House weaves together a story of discovery that previously unknown history to produce a tale that literally speaks out of the old weather-weary boards she came to prize. Dawn worked in the newspaper business for 35 years, including 30 years at The Salt Lake Tribune. She was a University of Utah adjunct professor and Journalist-in-Residence at Utah State University. Over the years, she covered courts, police, education, government, military, agriculture, business.

Diane Musho Hamilton

Diane is a teacher of Zen and Integral Spirituality, an author, and an award winning mediator and facilitator. Diane is a Utah native and is Executive Director of Two Arrows Zen, a center for Zen study and practice, established in 2008 with her husband, Michael Mugaku Zimmerman, former Chief Justice of the Utah Supreme Court. Her long connection to Torrey since the 1980s led Diane and Michael to expand the permanent retreat facilities of Two Arrows Zen and build The Boulder Mountain Zendo in Torrey which was dedicated in September, 2017.

Dominick Juliano

This is the story of my reincarnation.

The year was 1933, sometime in May, and I was entering into this new birth. I had made my contract, and now I was back on my way in. I had to decide where I was going to be born. I decided that the United States would be a good place, because what I was looking for was total freedom, which I hadn't had in many previous lifetimes. So I was looking for a mother or father who would provide this opportunity. That was my greatest desire. The rest would follow.

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. Since then, he''s added Another Day Not Wasted, The Interior Landscape, and The Landscape Photographer's Guide to Photoshop to his credit.


Harriet Priska

Harriet was born in Idaho. She and husband Philip moved to Escalante in 1991. They opened Serenidad Gallery. Harriet helped start the Escalante Chamber of Commerce and founded the Everett Ruess Days - Escalante Art Festival. Harriet chose to paint pictographs, petroglyphs, ruins, and pottery, and did paintings of historic homes, barns, and buildings. Priska seeks to preserve the memory of the far and immediate past with her paintings and honor those who came before and lived in this beautiful and challenging landscape.

John Dupuy

John Dupuy, MA is founder and CEO of Integral Recovery®, a revolutionary approach to the treatment of addiction and alcoholism. He is author of the award-winning book Integral Recovery: A Revolutionary Approach to the Treatment of Alcoholism and Addiction. John is also co-founder and CEO of iAwake Technologies, a company that produces audio tracks with cutting-edge sound technologies to enhance meditation, peak performance, flow states, sleep patterns, and healing emotions. John is an avid meditator, a fitness enthusiast, and has a passion for singing and playing the electric blues.




Joy Morris

Joy Morris, Ph.D. is a nature enthusiast and a psychologist in Torrey. Joy has three decades 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. ~


Kevin Holdsworth

Kevin is the author of Big Wonderful: Notes from Wyoming and Good Water, both from the University Press of Colorado.  Good Water, a finalist for the 15 Bytes book award, portrays life in a quasi-mythical town remarkably like Torrey.  Writing in Western American Literature, reviewer Russ Beck suggests, "Perhaps what he does best is give a voice to locals that’s usually under-analyzed in western writing."  Good Water inspects the complicated space between being an environmentalist and being from a place that you don’t ever want to change.

Lance Weinberg

Lance is a lifelong photographer of landscapes and nature. Translating beauty around him into a two-dimensional image is challenging and ultimately rewarding. He starts with an emotional connection with his subject. Artistic vision is a learning process, essential to the creation of quality images. Lance and his wife currently live between Utah and Oregon.


Melissa C. Marsted

Melissa makes the proverbial lemonade when handed lemons, and she reaches the heart of her readers with a passion and simplicity. In 2008, she lost everything in the Santa Barbara Tea Fire. So, she decided to publish children’s books. Of course! With ten books about national parks and other titles, Marsted continues to dream and write. She runs ultramarathons and travels with her dog Clover.


Milada Copeland

Milada is an animal lover and part-time dog trainer, and a recently retired Army officer with a professional career in IT security. She has volunteered for animal rescue organizations, focusing on helping dogs settle into their new homes and become good canine citizens. She lives between Sandy and Torrey with her husband and two dogs—a border collie and a herding mixed breed. Milada collaborated on Meet Zade! With Donna Eliason, and Heidi Darley.

Ray Conrad

Ray was an artist, musician, composer, poet, and friend to many. We lost Ray this year, but his magic lives on. 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 was a partner at Gallery 24. He could be found playing guitar and harmonica with “Rough Around the Edges” and the “Moony Wash Boys.” His poetry forces the reader to smile. Printed copies of his book Fence Lines are rare, but it is available free for Kindle users. Check it out!


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 back-country 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".

Stephen Trimble

Stephen began his writing and photography career as a park ranger, including a season at Capitol Reef National Park. The Capitol Reef Reader is his 25th book. He has a home near Torrey, where he and his family are proud stewards of a Nature Conservancy conservation easement—a story he tells in Bargaining for Eden: The Fight for the Last Open Spaces in America.