In conjunction with Emily Silver’s Counterpane exhibition, CCAI commissioned Shaun Griffin to write the following essay with support from Nevada Humanities. Click HERE to read the essay, Cartographer of Stone, Silence, and Dust.
Shaun Griffin is the author of five books of poetry including This Is What the Desert Surrenders , editor of two anthologies, and translator of a book of poems. He recently finished a memoir about thirty years of living, working and writing in the Great Basin, Anthem for a Burnished Land, and edited a book of essays on the late poet and critic, Hayden Carruth: From Sorrow’s Well: The Poetry of Hayden Carruth, University of Michigan Press, 2013. Griffin is the co-founder and director of Community Chest, a non-profit agency serving children and families in northwestern Nevada since 1991. He earned his M.S. in Counseling, 1978, and a B.A. Psychology in 1975, both at California State University, Fullerton. He lives in Virginia City, Nevada, with his family.