Photo credit: Courtesy of the Center of the American West, by Honey Lindburg

 

The Fourmile Canyon Fire tore through Boulder County six months ago. People touched by the fire gathered at the University of Colorado campus in Boulder recently to share their stories, including Andi O'Connor. After she started to send emails to friends detailing the experience of losing her home, they encouraged her to start a blog, Burning Down the House: Essays on the Poetry of Loss.

O'Conor shared one of those essays as part of the special "Words to Stir the Soul" event that was put on by the Center for the American West last week. You can hear a podcast of the entire program on their website.