Tucked up against the Rocky Mountains, just west of Denver, sits the remnants of one of the most notorious nuclear weapons sites in North America: Rocky Flats. With a history of environmental catastrophes, political neglect, and community-wide health crises, this site represents both one of the darkest and most controversial chapters in our nation’s history, and also a conundrum on repurposing lands once considered lost. As the crush of encroaching residential areas close in on this site and the generation of Rocky Flats workers passes on, the memory of Rocky Flats is receding from the public mind; yet the need to responsibly manage the site, and understand the consequences of forty years of plutonium production and contamination, must be a part of every decision for the land’s future.
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About the Author
Anthology editor Kristen Iversen grew up in Colorado and attended the University of Colorado at Boulder (BA) and the University of Denver (PhD). A Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Cincinnati, and fellow at the Taft Humanities Center, she also works as the Literary Nonfiction Editor for The Cincinnati Review. Iversen’s work includes the books "Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats" (soon to be released as a feature-length documentary); "Molly Brown: Unraveling the Myth"; and "Shadow Boxing: Art and Craft in Creative Nonfiction." Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, The American Scholar, Reader’s Digest, Fourth Genre, Beloit Fiction Journal, and other publications.