Jay Treiber holds an MFA from the University of Montana, where he studied under writers William Kittredge and Earl Ganz. His poems and short stories have appeared in various literary journals, such as The Chattahoochee Review, Farmer’s Market, and The Fiddlehead. He makes his home in Bisbee, Arizona, and teaches creative writing and English composition at nearby Cochise College.
Jay, a native southeast Arizona, has born a lifelong love of the landscape of this area. It is one of the primary inspirations for writing Spirit Walk:
"All the principal characters in the story are very connected to the landscape. Kevin McNally, the protagonist of my novel, notes that as a child he felt more comfortable seated on a rock in a canyon in the Peloncillo Mountains than in the classroom or at home. His best friend, Armando Luna, is of the O’odham tribe, and the landscape of the region is infused in his spiritual beliefs.
For all the characters in the book, the land of the surrounding area is as much a part of their lives as the buildings and neighborhoods of a particular city for an urban dweller. It is my hope that the land itself is as much a living character in the story as the people."
Love of the land inspires Torrey House Press and the books they publish. Two percent of THP sales goes to conservation in the West. From literature and the environment and Western Lit to topical nonfiction about land related issues and ideas, Torrey House Press strives to increase appreciation for the cultural importance of natural landscape, and the politics and practice of sustainable living, through the power of pen and story. Torrey House Press titles are distributed to the trade by Consortium Book Sales and Distribution, a division of Perseus Books Group.
"In this intersection of New West and Old West, Jay Treiber writes without sentiment about life, love, and death in the borderlands of the American southwest. Spirit Walk bleeds a rawness and honesty missing from much of today’s fiction—this triumph belongs within the canon of western literature. Watch out, Cormac!"
— ANDY NETTELL, owner of Back of Beyond Books, Moab, UT
"At once gritty and lyrical, Spirit Walk is a haunting tale of the modern American West. Out of the explosive violence, hard living, and stark beauty of the Arizona borderlands, Jay Treiber has woven a gripping story of remembrance and redemption, beautifully painting the place and giving voice to its people. I can’t stop thinking about it."
— JENNIFER CARRELL, author of Haunt Me Still and Interred with Their Bones
"The borderland setting of Spirit Walk only appears empty. This landscape is inhabited by commingled cultures, criss-crossed jurisdictions and colliding values—where a rancher wouldn’t leave a bottle cap, traffickers litter bodies. Depicting an episode of violence as confounding in memory as the day it erupted, Jay Treiber shows the corrosive costs of the drug trade—and of burying the past. In the vein of Philip Caputo’s Crossers."
— CHARLIE QUIMBY, author of Monument Road
"There’s a wonderful sense of authenticity and place here . . . Jay Treiber has given us a rich, well-written, multi-layered book to satisfy wide reading appetites."
— ROBERT HOUSTON, author of Bisbee 17