Recently retired after thirty years at Western Wyoming College, Rick Kempa is free to pursue his lifelong ardent love of backpacking.

Rick edited the anthology ON FOOT: Grand Canyon Backpacking Stories, (Vishnu Temple Press, 2014) and co-edited, with Peter Anderson, Going Down Grand: Poems from the Canyon (Lithic Press, 2015). His latest poetry collection is Too Vast for Sleep (Littoral Press, 2020). Some of his open-air essays can be found at Under the SunBlue Lyra Review, Watershed ReviewHippocampus, and Manifest West.  

Rick has served as artist-in-residence at Grand Canyon National Park, North and South Rims, Mesa Verde National Park, and Hubbell Trading Post.  

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