Julianne Couch is a versatile writer and the author of one long work of fiction, three non-fiction books, one photo-companion, and one essay collection all based on her travels off the beaten track. Working in reverse chronology, Julianne's only novel, Along the Sylvan Trail, was published by Wyoming publisher Sastrugi Press, in 2017. The Small Town Midwest: Resilience & Hope in the Twenty-First Century from the University of Iowa Press was published in 2016 and named a Notable Book by the Kansas State Library. Traveling the Power Line From the Mojave Desert to the Bay of Fundy from University of Nebraska press was a Booklist Top 10 title on sustainability, and a finalist for the High Plains book award. Waking Up Western, draws on her 20 years of writing about the west. The Jukeboxes & Jackalopes photo companion to Wyoming bars was published by the Wyoming Historical Society, and the original "bar book" from Pronghorn Press is still a top book to be autographed by bartenders around the state! After leaving Wyoming for a home along the Mississippi River, she now lives in Decorah, Iowa.
Julianne has spent decades telling other people's stories. Now she's at work on a personal narrative titled Searching for Here: Mapping an Unfenced Life. The book spans the year between Winter solstice 2019 and Winter solstice 2020. It blends the structure and tone of a daily almanac with autobiographical sketches and an essayist's voice, through the lens of small town life. As soon as she's found a publisher willing to take a risk an another of Julianne's episodic and wide-ranging manuscripts, she'll announce a publication date with great joy.
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