Julianne Couch is a versatile writer and the author of one novel, three non-fiction books, one photo-companion, and one essay collection all based on her travels off the beaten track. Julianne's first 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 U of Iowa was named a 2017 Notable Book by the Kansas State Library. Traveling the Power Line From the Mojave Desert to the Bay of Fundy from U of Nebraska was a Booklist Top 10 title on sustainability, and a finalist for the High Plains book award. Waking Up Western, Julianne's only essay collection, 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! She lives in Bellevue, Iowa, along the Mississippi River. She teaches at a distance for the English department at the University of Wyoming.
Julianne has spent decades telling other people's stories. Now she's at work on her memoir, titled Searching for Here: Mapping an Unfenced Life. The book spans the year between Winter solstice 2019 and Winter solstice 2020. What started out as a daily almanac of river conditions and the sleeping natural landscape soon broadened. It was impossible for Julianne to ignore the stories of pandemics and politics playing out in her rural Iowa town. The result is part personal memoir, and part biography of a time and place.
Recently, Julianne has resumed work on a story she began telling many years ago. She's looking for people with to speak with about the crash of United Flight 409, which went down on Oct. 6, 1955, in the Medicine Bow mountains of Wyoming, killing all aboard. She's particularly interested in recording oral history interviews with those who had loved ones who were on or intended to be on the flight.
These are undertold stories, and Julianne is working with the Wyoming Historical Society, the UW American Heritage Center, and others, to tell them. Please contact her at wyojay at gmail dot com for more information, or through Facebook or Twitter, linked below.
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