Ursula K. Le Guin and Roger Dorband have collaborated on a new coffee table book about the Steens Mountain country of southeastern Oregon. In her introduction to Out Here: Poems and Images from Steens Mountain Country, Le Guin describes the area as “out there from both the east and from the west. And that’s as it should be,” she writes. “It really is somewhere else. It’s geographically and psychologically remote from any population centers — a long drive from anywhere at all. And yet, once you get here, it’s as here as a place can be: a landscape that is immensely and intensely vivid, present. But still, it’s out here. Distance is inherent in its presence.”
Jeff Baker reviewed the book in The Oregonian.