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Light in the Trees

A memoir of home, nature, and change in the American West, Light in the Trees makes cultural and environmental topics personal through a narratorís travels between past and present, rural and urban. Sasquatch myths and serial killer realities, a runaway Appaloosa, and turbulent volcanoes beneath serene mountaintops help chronicle a coming of age for both a narrator and a place. A later move to the Southwest expands Folkinsís view of the West. From this new perspective paired with frequent journeys to the Northwest, she explores challenges of the natural world, from wildlife habitat and water quality to a changeable climate and wildfires, navigating new versions of home and self along the way.

Texas Dance Halls

Texas Dance Halls: A Two-Step Circuit, a creative nonfiction book, takes you on a journey to eighteen dance halls. Along the way, meet musicians, owners, and patrons who keep these historic sites vibrant. Photographs by J. Marcus Weekley help illustrate their stories. Texas Dance Halls was named a finalist in the Foreword Reviews 2007 Book of the Year Awards in the Popular Culture category.

"In the rhythm and swirl of these images and words, we are but one step removed from the dance." ó Andy Wilkinson, from the Preface

Selected Writing

Blue Norther

-- essay from "Dispatches" section of The Common


-- essay from River Teeth Beautiful Things

Texas Dance Halls: History, Culture, and Community

-- scholarly essay from the Journal of Texas Music History



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