Utah Book Publisher Has National Impact

May 8, 2019

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Founded in 2010, Torrey House Press is an independent book publishing company in Salt Lake City making waves at the intersection of conservation and literature.

Kirsten Johanna Allen is the publisher and executive director of Torrey House Press.

According to Allen: "[Torrey House Press] is the only not-for-profit literary press in the Intermountain West. We wanted to make a difference in conservation. We're concerned about the natural world. And, we realized, that there were many conservation groups doing a lot of great work. What we thought those conservation folks really needed was greater public awareness - greater political will."

Through the publication and dissemination of their books, Torrey House Press played a part in the 2016 designation of Bear Ears National Monument.

"We have almost 50 titles in print right now," she said. "Red Rock Stories: Three Generations of Writers Speak on Behalf of Utah's Public Lands, that's edited by Stephen Trimble. Stephen Trimble and I invited writers to contribute their heartfelt words in support of Utah's red rock country in April of 2016. And in June of 2016, Steve and I were in the halls of the Department of the Interior and Congress sharing these words with decisionmakers in Washington - this was while the Bear's Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition's monument proposal was on the table."

Red Rock Stories - a THP book that helped convince lawmakers to designate Bears Ears National Monument in 2016.
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Torrey House Press's upcoming projects include Shaped by Snow: Defending the Future of Winter by Ayja Bounous and Confluence: Navigating the Personal and Political on River of the New West by Zak Podmore. These two books are being funded in part by a Kickstarter campaign - part of Torrey House Press's community-supported structure.