Running Toward The Dawn is a 100,000-word solarpunk novel set in 2175, in what was once the American Southwest. The Deseret city of New Zion is restoring an antique hydro-electric dam that was taken offline after the Crash of 2029. As the story begins, the reservoir is filling, the river is rising, and the canyons of the Tó Nilinigii Diné’é are drowning.
After a lightning strike four years ago, Taliah Tsinijinnie's eyesight began to dim. Her mother believes marrying a shepherd from the uplands of Dinétah is her best option. Taliah disagrees. With nothing to lose, she goes to the city, hoping to stop the dam. But once there, she realizes the issues are more complex than she understood. When she discovers a friend’s plan to destroy the power station before it can start up, she must decide whether to risk her newly restored eyesight to save it. Allowing the dam to blow would save her home, but destroy people she’s come to care for. In the end, Taliah must decide if she will still be able to find beauty in the world if she no longer has eyes to see it.
In college, when I wasn't working for the EarthFirst! Journal, I was trying to learn Diné bizaad. I’m not fluent, but once had a poem published in a Navajo language journal, which remains one of my proudest publication credits. I spent a decade living in a river canyon where I grew peaches and worked in a bookstore dedicated to keeping Ed Abbey’s work in print. A few years after attending Clarion West Writers Workshop, I earned an M.S.I.S. and moved to Queens to work as a YA librarian. Today, I live on an old dairy farm where I write, try to civilize a small child, and grow lots of vegetables. It’s a little too far north for good peaches, but I keep trying.
My short stories have appeared in several recent anthologies: The Modern Fae's Guide to Surviving Humanity (2012); Temporally Out of Order (2014), Were- (2016), and Submerged (2017).