ODDS & ENDS Forthcoming Spring, 2018: “The Rural American West” in The Light Shines from the West, Fulcrum Publishing’s 200 year-history of the American West.

December 18, 2017: Page Lambert’s most recent essay “Never for Sale: Listening (or Not) to the Language of the Land,” appears in the Winter 2017 issue of Langscape Magazine, a publication of the Terralingua organization, which works to sustain the biocultural diversity of life.

July, 2016. Lambert’s essay, “Mother Tongue,” published in Sojourns: Landscapes for the People (the Peaks, Plateaus, and Canyons Association’s National Park 100-year anniversary issue).

“Your poem in Open to Interpretation is everything I love about poetry… it speaks both to empathy and objectification. It has the ‘gut punch’ I long for in poems. I am gathering pieces to nominate for the Pushcarts, and am pleased to nominate this poem.”  Lisa Courturier, Contributing Editor, Pushcart Prizes.

Praise from Huffington Post 50:  "We plan to feature The Widow of Loreto on Huff/Post 50. It's one of the best we've read since we started doing this fiction project. Thanks very much for giving us a chance to showcase your work."

“Congratulations, your love story Body Knowledge has been accepted for the Stories on Stage event Love Stories and Other Disasters. Your story will be performed during an evening of storytelling about done-me-wrongs and broken hearts at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art." Read online.

In addition to the published books below, Page’s work has been selected for publication in regional and national magazines including The Writer, Sojourns, Christian Science Monitor; Parabola, Magazine of Myth and Tradition; and Reader’s Digest.


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Modern Pioneering on the Western Landscape

Page Lambert’s Wyoming Memoir, Fulcrum Publishing, Golden, Colorado
(2001, 1996; hardcover & trade paperback)

In the tradition of Terry Tempest Williams, Gretel Ehrlich, and Linda Hasselstrom. A universal story of the modern search for roots and traditions, In Search of Kinship offers a deep initiation into the process of connection to place and the resilience that rootedness offers. As she and her family face heartbreak and ultimately prevail, Lambert finds balance in the one unbending link to the future: the land itself. Emotionally powerful, lucid and insightful, In Search of Kinship is a moving portrait of our ultimate kinship with the land.

”Lambert's deep and abiding love of the land shines in these essays, many of which are reprinted from Reader's Digest, the Christian Science Monitor and other publications…The final essay is a hymn of praise to Wyoming.” Publishers Weekly

“In Search of Kinship is a book of wisdom. It reveals the intricate and powerful influence of land on human character, and suggests the importance of finding, and protecting, one’s true and special place.” Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods.

“A rare privilege to read such writing…In Search of Kinship is to be kept, treasured, and returned to, for the glints and patina reflected in it are soul-enlightening.” Midwest Book Review, Wisconsin.

“In Search of Kinship is a book aglow with soul and heart and love and truth—and a prose that sings and dances and paints pictures and takes photographs. Kinship is a masterpiece…Yes, the book is about loss of tradition and the search for new traditions, but the quintessence of Kinship is more than that. It is a book about seeing beneath things…and that beneath everything human and earth-bound lies a network of kinships as wondrous as life itself.“Dale Walker, Rocky Mountain News



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A finalist for the Mountains and Plains Book Award for Best Novel, Shifting Stars (Forge Book, Tom Doherty Associates, New York) was selected by the Wyoming Humanities Council in the fall of 2004 as the top choice for the on-line book discussion program, "Journey through Wyoming." The novel is available in unabridged audio, mass-market trade paperback, and hardcover.

“A powerful story…highly recommended. Lambert uses the spirit of human kinship to create an absorbing story…beautiful.” Dee Brown, author of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

"Shifting Stars isn't simply a novel about the forgotten heartland, it's a delightful read that play the mellow strings of your emotions into a symphony of satisfaction." Kathleen O'Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear,
authors of the best-selling People series.

"Lambert has written a powerful story of the Plains Indians. She as packed it with facts about Indian life and customs and tempered it with love and family loyalty." Library Journal

"This vivid historical novel of 1840s Medicine Bow Indian Territory graphically depicts cross-cultural stresses through several generations.....An historical romance infused with Indian lore and Western color." Publisher's Weekly

"Lambert has given us a touching, but thrilling story of the historic West. Told with magnificent lyric prose. A novel such as this comes along all too rarely." Norman Zollinger, author of Meridian

“The novel Shifting Stars is written with suspense, awe, beauty and a unique story line fusing together the strong spirit of a Highlander with that of the Lakota people. The journey to the Shining Mountains and the Medicine Wheel is marvelously wrought, bringing subplots together and reminding me of the woven craft of Alessandro Manzoni's novel, I Promessi Sposi (The Betrothed).” Richard Fleck, professor, Sierra Club Guide,
author of Henry Thoreau and John Muir
Among the Native Americans, and other works.


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An exploration of the innovations and expansions that have shaped the West and the American landscape from 1800 to today, this groundbreaking book shines a light on the stories of the people and places integral to the development of our nation. From land genealogy to the politics that form when new land and cultures are discovered, this book provides an overdue and insightful overview of western American history. Offering a western perspective on the growth of America, this book (released by Fulcrum Publishing in April, 2018), is edited and co-written by Robert Baron.

The book includes a lengthy chapter on the Rural West, written by Page Lambert. A few of the other contributors include Daniel R. Wildcat writing from the Native American perspective, and Elizabeth Darby writing about the women of the West.

“There has never been a time in our history when a book such as this has been more needed.” Dr. Joseph Bruchac, Our Stories Remembered

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“Page Lambert and her family have been listening to the language of the land for decades on their beloved ranch in rural Wyoming. But someone else isn’t listening: the Wyoming Department of
Transportation, which wants to realign a highway right through the ranch. As worldviews clash, Page sees the heart of the ranch (and her own) sliced open by an “eminent domain fissure.” Yet she finds comfort and resilience in the long view: the land, she muses, will endure far beyond the scars left behind by human action.”

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The Peaks, Plateaus & Canyons Association (PPCA) celebrates the 100-year anniversary of the National Park Service in this centennial issue. The editors reached out to Page Lambert and asked her to craft an essay. “Mother Tongue, Heartbeat of the Land” was the result. 


“I've been reading nature writers for most of my 93 years on the planet but the first seven paragraphs of your Mother Tongue essay in the current Sojourns is the most profoundly moving bit of writing I have ever read......” Marcel Rodriguez, Utah.






A chapter excerpt from Page Lambert’s novel All the Water Yet to Come, was awarded First Place in the Writers Studio Literary Awards and appears in the prize-winning literary journal, The Progenitor Art & Literary Journal (produced each spring by ENG 231 Literary Magazine and the Multimedia Graphic Design Capstone 281).

Read her winning chapters here: www.writerstudio.wix.com/progenitor2016.

"These are novel chapters and rich in detail, fascinating elements of story. The language is lush enough at the beginning to propel a reader to continue. It is a strangely multicultural mix of interesting language, breath, and an understanding of what a story needs to be, complete with image, feeling, and organized labor. The small section here makes a reader want the entire book.” Linda Hogan (Chickasaw) author of poetry, fiction, and essays





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The influence words have on photographs, and vice versa, is of perpetual fascination to those who love the dance of meaning inherent in both types of writing--that is, with letters and with light, such as you’ll find in Claire O’Neill’s publication, Open to Interpretation. Ms. O’Neill describes the theme of her final issue, Love + Lust, this way: “Lust is an intense appetite, craving, or untamed desire. We lust for an array of things—money, power, objects, sex, or just living life. Love is a powerful affection or personal attachment and comes in a variety of forms, which can encompass romantic, sexual, platonic, narcissistic, or even religious feelings or attitudes. Show us your interpretations. Who or what do you love or lust for? What images capture these emotions for you?”  Page’s poem “For Carol Muske’s Light-Eyed Drunken Girl” (nominated for a Pushcart Prize) accompanies the photo “Jezebel” by Stephanie Glaros. 






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West of 98

In West of 98: Living and Writing the American West, 66 of the West’s most respected authors, Larry McMurtry, Louise Erdrich, Jim Harrison, Rick Bass, Barry Lopez, and Gretel Ehrlich, to name only a few of this illustrious group, dismantle the “boosterism of manifest destiny” and show instead how “we must create new narratives of cooperation if we are to survive in this spare and beautiful country. Read Billings Gazette review.

“Writing personal stories about the landscapes we love is a radical act. A protective act. A celebratory act. Even an act of desperation. It is also an intimate and sensual act. Sometimes I crave the western earth like food, or breath, or sex, or water. I cannot imagine hungering for another landscape in quite the same way, nor can I imagine writing about another landscape in quite the same way.” From Page Lambert’s essay, “A Shape-Shifting Land” (download “A Shape-Shifting Land” by Page Lambert)

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The Winter/Spring 09 issue of Sojourns (the beautiful publication of the Peaks, Plateaus & Canyons Association) features essays by Page Lambert, Hal Cannon, Peter H. Hassrick, Kanin Routson, Larry Lindahl, and Tony Foster. Also included in this issue are "small windows into the lives of writers, artists, photographers, and musicians." Includes cameo offerings from Craig Childs, Scott Thybony, Stephen Trimble, and Pattiann Rogers.

"It is said that Picasso could paint a yellow spot and turn it into the sun. Our lives are worthy of such transformation. The desire to transform our life experiences, to make sense of our journey through life, urges many of us to keep a journal. Where would we be without the diaries of explorers like Marco Polo, Isabella Bird, and John W. Powell?" ~ from Page Lambert's essay "Writing Life"


Winner, Colorado Book Awards 2008 for Best Anthology

In Home Land, Western writers take an up-close look at ranching in the West, healing the urban/rural divide, and creating ways of working from the radical center. Editors Richard Knight, Jeff Lee, and Laura Pritchett. A Rocky Mountain Land Library title. Johnson Books, Big Earth Publishing, 2007.

"Rick Bass, James Galvin, Mark Spragg, Kim Stafford, and Page Lambert have all contributed pieces to Home Land.a celebration of the small, increasingly rare, family-owned ranches that made the West what it is today." Josephine Jones, director, Colorado Book Awards

"Trust me: this is not a collection of essays. It is a string of pearls. This book throbs with the beating heart of the West." Ed Marston, former publisher, High Country News

From Page Lambert's essay Birth, Death and Renewal: Living Heart to Heart with the Land: "Legend has it that when the ancient Greek hero Hercules engaged in mortal combat with Antaeus, the son of Neptune and Terra - Ocean and Earth - he almost lost the battle. Every time the body of Antaeus came in contact with the Mother Earth, his strength was mysteriously renewed. Mighty Hercules slew Antaeus only because he managed to wrestle the giant's body from the land, lifting him away from his source of strength, his very source of life. When I moved from our small ranch in the Bearlodge Mountains of Wyoming, I felt as if I, too, had been torn from the earth. Severed by a Herculean destiny from all that sustained me."



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Winner of the Willa Cather Award, forward by Gretel Ehrlich

Page Lambert was one of 15 writers selected by producer and photographer Kathleen Jo Ryan to contribute to Writing Down the River: Into the Heart of the Grand Canyon. Other contributors include Denise Chavez, Linda Ellerbee, Linda Hogan, Teresa Jordan, Ann Zwinger, Annick Smith, Ruth Kirk, Judith Freeman, Evelyn White, Leila Philip, Sharman Apt Russell, Barbara Thomas, and Brenda Peterson.

"This is more than a book of stunning photographs and gripping words. This is scripture from the depths of our remaining wilderness. Writing Down the River may be the most unique adventure book of the year." Hugh Sidey, Time Magazine

The Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport featured a six-month exhibit of the book from May to October, 2004, and the Grand Canyon Association exhibited the display at the historic Kolb Studio on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon during the winter of 2005. The exhibit continues to travel the country. Contact Kathleen Jo Ryan for an update on the DVD production of Writing Down the River.

"'In the Canyon, you will hear the voices of our ancestors,'" whispered my only sister from her home on the Big Island of Hawaii. 'The River will be a good place to grieve.' Together we mourned our father's death. Together, we cried." from Page Lambert's Writing Down the River essay, Faces of the Canyon



Santa Fe Literary Review 2008

"Feasting in the Face of It" by Page Lambert. Review Published by the School of Liberal Arts and Core Studies of Santa Fe Community College; editor/faculty advisor Miriam Sagan. Includes work by John Brandi (NEA Poetry Fellowship recipient), Debbi Brady, Dr. Ann Filemyr (Academic Dean at the Institute of American Indian Arts), and Donald Levering, Maureen Talman Flannery, and Pamela Uschuk.

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Wyoming Fence Lines

An anthology of original work by 57 writers from Wyoming and beyond. Edited by Wyoming Poet Laureate David Romtvedt and published by the Wyoming Humanities Council and the Wyoming Arts Council. This anthology celebrates the Wyoming tour of the Smithsonian exhibition Between Fences. Fall 2007.

"Many of us find ourselves straddling the fence lines that divide landscapes, cultures, relationships, emotions, genders, and time. One foot in the past, the other inching toward the future. One hand reaching out, the other drawing back. One eye wide awake, the other drowsy with dreams. One moment we find ourselves eager for companionship, the next craving solitude. One moment we are married, the next divorced - watershed moments by which the direction of our lives is measured." from Page Lambert's essay "Watershed Moments"

Open Range: Poetry of the Reimagined West

Ghost Road Press, 2007, edited by Laurie Wagner Buyer and W.C. Jameson. Includes Page's poems "Culling Buffalo," "Even as the Antler," and "Dispersal."

This formidable collection of contemporary poetry embraces the West of personal conviction. The editors have assembled the works of twenty writers, whose poems compellingly and memorably represent the modern West. The collection recalls those who have lived and those who live now, revealing tension and harmony between psychological and geographic landscapes, embodying an authentic, unadulterated spirit. Contributors include Mike Blakely, Jon Chandler, Bob Cherry, Gaydell Collier, John Duncklee, Dan Guenther, Linda Hussa, Celinda Kaelin, Page Lambert, Max McCoy, Red Shuttleworth, George Sibley, Larry D. Thomas, Mark Todd, Lori VanPelt, Dale Walker, Richard Wheeler, and Paul Zarzyski.

Alone, after fifteen spring calving seasons,
twenty-four married winters,
I step out the barn door,
pieces of alfalfa cake in my pockets,
specks of manure on my boots.
from "Dispersal" by Page Lambert



In the Shadow of the Bear Lodge: Writings from the Black Hills

Contained in this volume is a rich and full-bodied collection of writing by members of the Bearlodge Writers, Wyoming’s longest standing writing group. Edited by Pat Frolander; Many Kites Press; 2006. Cover illustration by artist Sarah Rogers. Includes the essay, “Silk Shoes and Chinese Amahs” by Page Lambert.

Open Windows 2006: An Anthology of Poetry, Fiction & Creative Nonfiction

Showcases the best entries from a writing contest judged in three different categories, as well as selected pieces. Edited by Sonya Unrein. Ghost Road Press, 2007. Contributors include Aaron Abeyta, Laurie Wagner Buyer, Michael J. Henry, and Page Lambert’s winning entry, “After the Blizzard, Visiting the Ranch.”

Crazy Woman Creek: Women Rewrite the American West

Edited by Linda Hasselstrom, Gaydell Collier, and Nancy Curtis. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004. Includes contributions by B.J. Buckley, Jane Kirkpatrick, Dawn Senior-Trask, Carolyn Dufurrena, and Page Lambert.

"These are tales of hard and generous determination set in towns, churches, ranches, even laundromats. These stories demand that the West is without doubt a woman's place, too." Kent Nelson, author of Land That Moves, Land That Stands Still

"Lively and compelling. The voices in this collection are clear and strong, and their stories are true to western women." Annick Smith, writer and filmmaker



Heart Shots: Women Write about Hunting

Stackpole Books, Pennsylvania, 2003. Edited by Mary Stange. Includes Page Lambert’s essay “Deerstalking: Contemplating an Old Tradition”

”Far from a collection of gory tales about animal killing, this elegantly edited anthology is a tribute to the women who have forayed into the male-dominated world of hunting. With excerpts from novels, short stories and articles by thoughtful hunters and writers, including Beryl Markham, Annie Oakley and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, this volume celebrates nature, wildlife and visceral sensations. It also considers the subtle differences between men and women vis-à-vis their hunting styles, while acknowledging that "the essential appeal of the hunt, the drive to get back to nature and to basics... is not only ageless, it is surely also genderless." Publishers Weekly

"Eating wild meat was not new to me; back in Colorado we often had elk in the freezer. But this was my first time to experience it from beginning to end, from deer grazing in the meadow to meat frying in the pan. When Mark brought the heart and liver into the house and Matt and Sarah asked to see it, I was confronted by a moment of truth. To understand this thing, I needed to face it full on. I reached inside the plastic bag and withdrew the heart."From Page Lambert’s essay “Deerstalking”


Deep West: A Literary Tour of Wyoming

Wyoming Center for the Book, Pronghorn Press, 2003. Edited by Mike Shay, Linn Rounds, David Romtvedt. Includes essays and excerpts by 19 Wyoming authors including Annie Proulx, Linda Hasseltrom, Warren Adler, C.L. Rawlins, Alyson Hagy, Tim Sandlin, Mark Jenkins, and Page Lambert.

"Intimate stories. Emotional context and earthy sensuality. These form the melody of my own personal song. They are the tools of navigation with which I seek and find my bearings. Through story I am able to tunnel beneath the surface and touch heartland." excerpted from "This Thing Called Place" by Page Lambert

Ranching West of the 100th Meridian

Island Press, California, 2002. Editors: Ed Marston, Richard L. Knight, and Wendell C. Gilgert.

Recommended by The Nature Conservancy magazine, "Ranching West of the 100th Meridian" offers a literary and thought-provoking look at ranching and its role in the changing West. The book's lyrical and deeply felt narratives, combined with fresh information and analysis, offer a poignant and enlightening consideration of ranchers' ecological commitments to the land, their cultural commitments to American society, and the economic role ranching plays in sustainable food production and the protection of biodiversity.

"Eighteen below zero when feeding the cows this morning, the air crisp and clear with four inches of fresh snow on the ground. Coyote tracks, traveling fast, try to outrun the cold, but Winter has everywhere marked his territory. Embrace me, or die trying, he seems to say. Finally, he claims Romie, my beloved old mare of thirty years." from Page Lambert's essay "An Intimate Look at the
Heart of the Radical Center"


Woven on the Wind

Houghton Mifflin Co., NY, NY. 2001. Editors: Linda Hasselstrom, Gaydell Collier, and Nancy Curtis. Includes essay "Backbeat" by Page Lambert.

"A fine collection of essays, poems and personal narratives about life in "sagebrush country," where friendships must weather numerous hardships, this tough and tender new work continues the collaborative effort begun in Leaning into the Wind (1997). The editors, who all manage working ranches, know firsthand the harsh realities of the American West and the bolstering power of friendship among women there. Indeed, sagebrush is a fitting symbol for women of the West, with its hardy adaptability and fundamental importance to the ecosystem." Publishers Weekly

Chicken Soup for the Cat and Dog Lover's Soul

Health Communications, Inc., Florida, 1999. Editors: Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Carol Kline, Marty Becker, D.V.M.

"Dark descends and Mark goes outside. The light from the living room casts a faint beam across the yard, covering Hondo in a pale ribbon of yellow. The earth carries the vibrations of Mark's footsteps to Hondo, a reverberation he knows as well as his own heartbeat. He lifts his head and thumps his tail. He makes a valiant effort to rise but is only able to lift his shoulders. Mark sits down and slowly strokes Hondo's fur." from Page Lambert's essay "Hondo"

Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul

Health Communications, Inc., Deerfield Beach, Florida 1996. Editors: Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Marci Shimoff, Jennifer Hawthorne,

"I stare out the window at Hondo, sleeping on the deck. He has been with us since he was eight weeks old. Gray hairs cover the muzzle of his glossy black head.I think of my father's beard and how I have watched the streaks of gray widen until gray is all there is. I want to go outside and take Hondo's gentle head in my hands, look into his brown eyes and speak softly. I want him to cling to our world a little longer." from Page Lambert's essay "Gifts"

Leaning into the Wind: Women Write from the Heart of the West

Houghton Mifflin Company, NY, NY 1997; 1998, Editors: Linda Hasselstrom, Gaydell Collier, Nancy Curtis. Hearts of the West are unburdened in Leaning into the Wind, an anthology encompassing a wealth of experiences from farmers, ranchers, rangers, and other women who live and work in America's ofttimes harsh, sometimes beautiful high plains states shoehorned between the Mississippi and the Rockies.

"We knew Redy was young when we bought her. Mark had said, "No more mares. They're too much trouble." I parleyed, "The mares are no trouble when the geldings aren't around." The half-earnest sparring continued. Then Redy was ridden into the sale ring, a gray-and-white paint horse possibly bred to a black-and-white stallion." from Page Lambert's essay "Redy's Foal"

The Stories that Shape Us: Contemporary Women Write About the West

W.W. Norton and Company, New York, New York. Editors: Teresa Jordan, James Hepworth. 1995.

"The breath of the meadow reaches us, rustling the soft fur on the belly of the porcupine. Her paws, still stretching toward the sky, cast long shadows in the grass." from Page Lambert's essay "Porcupine Dusk"

Tumblewords: Writers Reading the West (Western Literature Series)

University of Nevada Press, Reno, Nevada, 1995. Editor: William L. Fox. An anthology of works by 72 contemporary western writers. Includes works by Kim Barnes, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Abelardo Delgado, Anthony Garcia, Pete Fromm, David Lee, and Page Lambert.

"Deer are fleet and nimble. They appear out of nowhere. They disappear like an illusion, the flash of their tails a brief memory that hangs momentarily in thin air before fading into the pine trees. Their elusive quality teases, inviting one to follow, to chase." from Page Lambert's essay "Homefires"