MUSE



INSPIRED BY UTAH


Spring 2019 | THE JOURNEYS ISSUE

Sometimes, it takes setting out on creative journeys with writers, artists, historians and bookmobile drivers to be reinspired by the place where we live. In this issue of MUSE, we seized the opportunity to tell stories about the journeys of the people who live and create throughout the state. This is just the first chapter of our storytelling look at Utah’s creative communities, a chance to remind ourselves why culture matters.




Stay inspired, and informed.


Utah Poet Laureate Paisley Rekdal / Photography by Austen Diamond

Cover Story

PORTRAIT OF A RAILROAD POEM


A commission to write a poem about the Transcontinental Railroad turned into an eight-month exploration of American and Utah history for Paisley Rekdal, the state's poet laureate. As she navigated the intersections of race, class, gender, violence and technology that define the railroad then and now, she also learned more about her own Chinese roots.

ABOUT MUSE


MUSE is published in the spring and autumn, and distributed through the Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News. 




Editor In Chief Ellen Fagg Weist  Publisher Josh Loftin  |  Art Director Sarina V. Ehrgott
Designer Kerry Shaw  |  Designer & Staff Photographer Todd Anderson  |  Copy Editor Catherine Reese Newton




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