Chip Ward spent four years living in the redrock wilderness of southern Utah while running a guest ranch in Capitol Reef National Park where he learned formative lessons about how we are embedded in the natural world. Ward was also a career librarian. Starting as a bookmobile librarian, he ended his career as the Assistant Director of the award-winning Salt Lake City Public Library. His first two books, "Canaries on the Rim" and "Hope's Horizon" describe his political adventures as a grassroots organizer, activist, and advocate. His book, the novel "Stony Mesa Sagas," portrays the cultural conflicts in a small town like his own that is a gateway to a national park.