Jonathan T. Bailey - Cedar City

Oct 20, 2022, 6:00 pm


Jonathan T. Bailey

Book Title

When I was Red Clay


Cedar City

Southwest Region


SUU Sharwan Smith Student Center
351 W University Blvd
Cedar City , UT 84720-2415
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Join SUU for an evening on the rural and queer experience. We will begin with a short reading by Jonathan T. Bailey, author of When I was Red Clay. Then, we will screen Dog Valley, followed by a conversation with director/writer Dave Lindsey and Jonathan T. Bailey.

- ASL interpretation provided if requested. Email to make the request.
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Dog Valley Trailer:

Dog Valley is a feature-length documentary film about the 1988 kidnapping, torture, rape and murder of gay college student, Gordon Church. Set in a rural Mormon community in Southern Utah, Dog Valley examines one of the most brutal hate crimes in the United States. It explores the life of the victim and his legacy, and delves into the minds of the killers, Michael Archuleta and Lance Wood. It also shows the crimes' impact on the community and modern-day hate crimes legislation.

When I was Red Clay lays bare one person’s experience growing up in a rural Mormon community and struggling to reconcile his sexual orientation with the religious doctrine of his childhood. Finding solace and connection in wild places, Jonathan T. Bailey lived two lives—one of trauma, the other of wonder. In When I Was Red Clay, he navigates self–discovery, grief, and the loss of faith with unflinching honesty and biting humor.

Jonathan T. Bailey is a photographer and conservationist who specializes in rock art. His work has contributed to the preservation of areas like the Bears Ears National Monument, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, the Uintah Basin, and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. Since 2013, he has partnered with the Utah Rock Art Research Association to record and protect Emery County’s fragile archaeological resources. He is most recently the author of When I Was Red Clay (Torrey House Press - August 2022), The Greater San Rafael Swell (University of Arizona Press - Spring 2022), and Rock Art: A Vision of a Vanishing Cultural Landscape (November 2019). His work has appeared in numerous places such as Landscape Photography Magazine, NBC News, Arizona Highways, and High Country News. Originally from Emery County, Utah, he now lives in Tucson, Arizona, with his partner, Aaron.

This program is made possible with support from Southern Utah University, Torrey House Press, The Book Bungalow, and Utah Humanities.