Land Beyond Maps

Land Beyond Maps tells of lesbians and their friends in Santa Fe and the Navajolands through the boom and bust of 1929, based on the true story of Laura Gilpin (1891-1979), considered America’s most distinguished woman landscape photographer. Ambitious archaeologists, zealous missionaries, quietly forceful Navajo women, and overeager tourists intensify this fast-paced historical novel. More

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About Maida Tilchen

Maida Tilchen writes primarily to preserve and/or dramatize lesbian history. A lifetime book collector, she co-wrote the first "second wave" article on lesbian pulp novels, published in Margins magazine in 1975. Her writing has been published in Gay Community News; Sojourner; Body Politic, and books including Nice Jewish Girls: A Lesbian Anthology; Lavender Culture; Women-Identified Women; and Feminist Frameworks, and includes the foreword to the bibliography The Lesbian in Literature.

She served as a VISTA volunteer in southern Indiana; was a lesbian activist in Bloomington, Indiana in the 1970s; was promotions manager for Gay Community News (Boston; and has had many research and writing jobs in the educational field. Currently, she is a library administrator and research skills instructor for a college serving primarily older minority women and immigrants.

She has visited New Mexico often since 1993. After her first trip there, wanting to continue to live in the library-rich Boston area but to keep one foot in the "land of enchantment," she started writing fiction set in New Mexico.

To view a one-hour video interview, go to http://www.chicagogayhistory.org/biography.html?id=796

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