saltfront is based in Salt Lake City, where the beautiful Wasatch Mountains turn into the deserts of the Great Basin. We experience the dramatic change in our own landscapes, from degraded skies and air quality to rampant industrial and commercial development. We're asking this question: How shall we live? Some of us are poets, urban planners, and rap artists, others are academics, activists, and park rangers.
We want to tell many kinds of stories, the stories of deserts and salt lakes and religious pioneers and inner city vegetable gardens, cat and dog stories, garbage and compost stories. We want to tell the stories of people in cities and on farms, of people who wander through disrupted landscapes and wonder where this all ends up.
Eric holds an MA in environmental humanities from the University of Utah and is currently a humanities instructor at Utah Valley University. His writing appears in Dark Mountain, Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism, and Trans-Scripts. He lives with his partner David Luna and their pit bull terrier, Peggy. His novel, The Salted Earth, was recently awarded the top prize in the Utah Arts and Museums Original Writing Competition. His research focuses on
queer ecology and American anti-exceptionalism.
jesse don peterson
Jesse divides his work between the public, private, and personal sectors. He taught composition and literature for Salt Lake Community College and assisted in conservation management for Salt Lake City. He holds master’s degrees in both science and the fine arts and is currently purusing a PhD in Environmental Humanities at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, where he lives with his wife and two daughters.
Michael earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Colroado State University and an MS in Environmental Humanities at the University of Utah. He is the director of the Utah Humanities Book Festival and the Utah Center for the Book. He is the author of the chapbook Trace Elements: Mapping the Great Basin & its Peripheries and his work has appeared in numerous journals, including Colorado Review, Interim, Denver Quarterly, Sidebrow, Laurel Review, Western Humanities Review, and Dark Mountain Project.
Julia spent her time between Toronto and a family farm in rural Ontario. A first generation Canadian of Italian origin, she enjoys gardening, traveling, and photography. She is a graduate of the Environmental Humanities Program at the University of Utah, and now lives with her wife, Kayla, in Toronto, Ontario.
Emerson Andrews is a hip-hop musician, writer, and capoeirista living in Salt Lake City, Utah. His love of strange interstices continues to drive his desire to write in any form be it comedy, music, or poetry. He currently works in the University of Utah Sustainability Office as the Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund Coordinator. When he is not writing or working you can find him floating down the river, jumping in the roda, or walking through the desert.