Inlandia Institute presents Conversations at the Culver

Fire On the Mojave: Stories from the Deserts and Mountains of Inland Southern California with Ruth Nolan


Culver Center of the Arts

March 4, 2018


Reading and Discussion

Sunday, March 4, 2018, 1pm - 3pm

Free Admission!

On Sunday, March 4, 2018, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. join the Inlandia Institute for Conversations at the Culver with local author Ruth Nolan. This month we present “Fire On the Mojave: Stories from the Deserts and Mountains of Inland Southern California”. This event will include a lecture, slideshow and welcomes an open discussion on the topic with attendees. The Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts is located at 3834 Main St, Riverside, CA 92501.


“Fire On the Mojave: Stories from the Deserts and Mountains of Inland Southern California” is an ongoing book/multi-web, community-inclusive project. Taking a broad view of the role, presence and impacts of wildfire in our local desert and mountain regions, the project includes Native American uses of fire as a form of resource management, stories from citizens who’ve survived major wildfire events, emerging wildfire science, prevention, management, adaptations and preparations for future wildfire events.


Excerpt from “Fire On the Mojave: Stories from the Deserts and Mountains of Inland Southern California”:


"This grotesquely-transformed desert scene isn't what most visitors have come to Joshua Tree National Park to see. In the distance are healthy, thriving blossoming Joshua trees, but in front of me is the old burn zone of the 1999 Memorial Fire, empty but for a few spring wildflowers and what uncannily resemble large human or animal limbs strewn about. They're the trunks and limbs of Joshua trees that burned and fell apart as the fire, whipped by raging winds, raced through the high desert woodland all those years ago."—Ruth Nolan author of “Fire On the Mojave: Stories from the Deserts and Mountains of Inland Southern California


Ruth Nolan, M.FA., M.A., former wildland firefighter, is the editor of No Place for a Puritan: the Literature of California's Deserts (Heyday, 2009) and author of Ruby Mountain (Finishing Line Press, 2016.) She received a California Writers Residency 2017 award and a sabbatical grant from College of the Desert in support "Fire On the Mojave." Her writing has appeared in Rattling Wall; Angels Flight Literary West; KCET; Women's Studies Quarterly; Inlandia Literary Journeys and the Desert Magazine/USA Today. She serves on the Advisory Board for Poets & Writers, West. She's a Professor of English & Creative Writing at College of the Desert.



Support has been provided by UCR College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) and the City of Riverside.