Stacy Clopton Yates produces The High Plains in Words for High Plains Public Radio, which serves western Kansas, eastern Colorado, and the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles.
We polled NPR member stations, looking for shows and personalities with a passion for the writers in — and the writing about — their home territories. When we found them, we asked what they were reading.
With its flat landscapes and harsh weather, the High Plains — that vast prairie expanse stretching from West Texas to Northern Montana, east of the Rocky Mountains — is a region that doesn't appeal to everyone, as High Plains Public Radio producer Stacy Clopton Yates is quick to acknowledge.
But to those who choose to make a home there, Yates says, it's the greatest place on earth.
The High Plains in Words, a weekly feature Yates produces for HPPR, celebrates the uniqueness of the region — its scouring winds, diabolical flora, and uncompromising inhabitants— as expressed in the written word.
As the summer slouches into its dog days, Yates recommends these reads: