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Area artists share North Rim perspectives at Jan. 12 reading
Flagstaff's Live columnists share musings from North Rim Kane Ranch retreat at Coconino Center for the Arts at 4 p.m.

Kane Ranch. Raechel Runnings/Creative Commons

Kane Ranch. Raechel Runnings/Creative Commons

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Historic Kane Ranch on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon is now herding ideas as well as cattle.

Spanning the lofty heights of the Kaibab Plateau, the sweeping vistas of the Marble Platform and the Vermilion Cliffs, the Kane Ranch is an area of tremendous ecological importance, significant social value, and unparalleled beauty. The Grand Canyon Trust, which owns and operates the ranch, brings conservation research and stewardship to this spectacular but little-known landscape. Local writers, artists, and songwriters will share their fresh perspectives of this area in a performance at 4 p.m. on Jan. 12 at Coconino Center for the Arts in Flagstaff.

The Flagstaff City-Coconino County Public Library, in partnership with Flagstaff Cultural Partners and in collaboration with The Grand Canyon Trust, is presenting the program as part of a series known as "Stories to Life."

This performance, "Writing out From Kane Ranch," features Tony Norris, Jean Rukkila, Darcy Falk, Shonto Begay, Laura Kelly and Kate Watters. The six artists are contributors to Flag Live's "Letter from Home" column.

Inspired by a retreat to Kane Ranch, the authors will read from writings, with a dialog about the land, and how it informs their works and sense of place.

"Being there reminded me of growing up in the 60s when the Arizona landscape was not so pinched by highways and shopping malls. There is a profound stillness and the loudest voice is the wind rising and falling. I savor noticing that the end of day has different sounds and colors than the beginning or high noon. It is a real privilege to be in a place where you are a minor voice," said Jean Rukkila, a native Arizonan.

The Friends of the Library sponsored this season's "Stories to Life."

This event is free and open to the public. More information about the series can be found by contacting Judy Finney at the Flagstaff Public Library at (928) 213-2378, or by visiting

More work from the artists is available by visiting the "Letter from Home" website at

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