When I Was Red Clay: A Journey of Identity, Healing, and Wonder (Paperback)
2023 Foreword INDIES Award Finalist and New Mexico Book Awards Finalist, and Longlist Nomination for the 2023 Reading The West Awards"In Bailey's profoundly moving memoir, the diversity of creation illuminates the inner landscape and inspires healing--and wonder."
--GEORGE K. ILSLEY
A young person's story of growing up gay in a rural Mormon town and the wild places where he found refuge.
This intimate record lays bare one person's experience growing up in a rural Mormon community and struggling to reconcile his sexual orientation with the religious doctrine of his childhood. Weaving together prose, poetry, and stories scrawled on the margins of high school notebooks, Jonathan T. Bailey encounters truth-seeing owls, anachronistic gourds, and the hard-edged realities of family and church. In When I Was Red Clay, he navigates desert landscapes, mental health, and the loss of faith with unflinching honesty and biting humor.