Editor’s Note: Gregory Hill lives near Yuma, Colorado, the home of U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO). He writes a column for the Yuma Pioneer and his recently released recording of Gardner got national attention. We’re pleased to share his eastern plains dispatches with our readers.
Gregory Hill lives, writes, and makes odd music on the Colorado high plains. He can be reached at [email protected] Hill’s first novel, East of Denver, received the Colorado Book Award for Literary Fiction.
I live on the high plains of eastern Colorado, just outside a town called Joes, population eighty. Joes is in Yuma County; a county that went 85% for Trump in 2016, that voted 60% against the 2018 state constitutional amendment to prohibit slavery, and which is the home of Senator Cory Gardner. This is where I grew up, and this is where I choose to live today.