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UNDER SONORAN SKIES, Prose and Poetry from the High Desert

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With the majority of of our authors having experience in public performance and speaking, we decided to offer both audio and print editions of our works of fiction and non-fiction. 

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Both Bill Black and Jeanne Burrows-Johnson continue to publish books and periodically give public readings, performances and seminars. Kay Lesh is currently completing both a memoir and a collection of short murder mysteries...

One of Southwest Books of the Year top 50 picks in 2012


Drawing on diverse life experiences, spanning education, engineering, ministry, law, and the performing arts, the six authors of Under Sonoran Skies, Prose and Poetry from the High Desert, bring a complementary tone, style, and rhythm in this 240-page book. 

Although the anthology is a general literary piece, it can be used as a mechanism for enhancing literacy and teaching English as a second language. This work offers educators, home schooling families and students a unique learning tool with varied topics presented in multiple forms. 

Magician, poet, storyteller and MC Bill Black has published numerous books of poetry and is featured in regional and international magazines. Jeanne Burrows-Johnson is an inter-nationally published wordsmith, novelist, design consultant, and public speaker. Retired language arts instructor and poet Susan Cosby-Patton is published regionally and nationally. Kay Lesh is a psychotherapist, memoirist, and mystery writer, is an author of professional Ezine and print articles and books. She periodically conducts seminars and workshops. The Rev. Patricia Noble is a retired author, educator, and speaker who aired radio essays and published journal articles. Larry Sakin was a green energy entrepreneur, political writer and consultant whose work was featured Online and in print across the United States and in Canada. 

In addition to literary subjects like philosophy, personal relationships, war, animal  companions, and phases of life, they also examine the environment, history, business, politics, and mythology. The eleven themed chapters allow readers to read the book sequentially, or select from a variety of chapter topics: Visioning the Craft; Places Far and Near; The Changing West; Of Men and Women; Family, Friends, and Other Loves; Health, Wealth, and Happiness; Seasons of Life; Choice and Change; Myth, Magic, and Inspiration; Business, Culture and Society; Crafting the Vision.

* * * * * Top Book Reviewers 

This anthology is well put together and a perfect anytime read…These authors are indeed true writers and artists. I hope they keep in touch and grace us with another compilation soon

 ​* * * Foreword Reviews, Clarion Review

Under Sonoran Skies has a number of bright spots...One might dip in and out of the book, reading only that which catches the eye…

Kirkus Reviews

The pieces are generally quite brief, somewhat humorous and fairly casual.…The strongest section in the collection is the poetry. 

Arizona Daily Star Readable, entertaining, well-indexed collection of poetry and prose...Includes local history, professional experiences and personal memoirs.


Joy Hannabass, Readers Favorite …Readers will be taken away with these writings about a lot of different situations and places....This is all good.  Someone called this book brain candy, and that is just my thoughts about it as well....It has something for everyone to enjoy! 

Ed Lord, Green Valley News Beautiful hardcover book….The subjects have no bounds and the rhythm feels  rhythm feels good....I read each poem and liked them all....The prose is also well-researched and well-written.  

Seattle Post-Intelligencer …Author’s insights provide a balance that will engage readers of every ideal way to create reflective meaningful moments....a positive listening experience. 

The vibrant desert sunset cover of Under Sonoran Skies Prose and Poetry from the high desert.

The vibrant desert sunset cover of Under Sonoran Skies Prose and Poetry from the high desert.


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