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Like both the night watchman and the editor, the two voices of Local Color, Don Thompson is a native of Bakersfield, California, and has lived in the southern San Joaquin Valley for most of his life. He began publishing poetry in the early sixties, producing a number of books and chapbooks over the years. Back Roads: A Journal won the 2008 Sunken Garden Poetry Prize. Most of his work interacts with the landscape of the Valley, but in Local Color he turns to the history of the region, to the people as well as the place. Thompson and his wife, Chris, live on her family’s farm—land once owned by Miller and Lux, who reclaimed it, and before that, of course, by the Yokut, who hunted and fished the original wetlands.
Paperback: 188 pages
Publisher: Kelsay Books/Aldrich Press (February 5, 2014)