Heading Home: Field Notes

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Heading Home begins with Peter Anderson’s dharma-bum passion for the road, which leads him through the mountains and high deserts of the American West, and eventually lands him in an eccentric end-of-the-road town full of mystics, misfits, and other mountain dwellers.

This book is a gathering of “field notes”—observations, recollections, and stories along the way, where home is understood as a work in progress and the way is a road that never ends. 


Poetry, humor, wisdom, grace: these words best describe Heading Home. This book offers gorgeous meditations on traveling, the natural world, small towns, parenting, and the hidden treasures best noticed and described by a poet such as Anderson. Part cultural critic, part poet, part wanderer, Anderson is a funny, gentle guide, whether pondering the sorrows of loss, the joys of the seasons, or the cultural eccentricities of the modern day West. In the spirit of Thoreau, Dillard, and deBuys, this book took me on a thoughtful journey down roads of inquiry that deepened my own. I loved this book.
LAURA PRITCHETT, author of Stars Go Blue and Red Lightning

“Peter Anderson is gracefully gifted at demonstrating how life’s most mundane occasions, lost on most of us, may loom vast in an awakened heart.”
WILLIAM PITT ROOT, poet, editor, author of Strange Angels

“Anderson is, and has always been, a prophet of place(s). The road, the night, the elements and the people he encounters all take communion at a table of memory, faith, hope and loss. These essays have about them a writer’s wit, a poet’s eye and a good man’s heart.”
aaron a. abeyta, author of colcha and Rise, Do Not Be Afraid


Peter Anderson was the Bennett Fellow Writer-in-Residence at Phillips Exeter Academy for the 2015-16 school year. His books include First Church of the Higher Elevations (Conundrum Press, 2015), a collection of essays on wildness, mountain places, and the life of the spirit, and Going Down Grand: Poems from the Canyon (Lithic Press, 2015), an anthology of Grand Canyon poems edited with Rick Kempa. Peter teaches writing at Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado and lives with his family on the western slope of the Sangre de Cristo Range.