Trail Sisters Speaker Series

Conversation with Katie Arnold

Recorded on: May 16, 2024

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Speaker Series host Gina Lucrezi is joined by bestselling author Katie Arnold to share about Katie’s background, running pursuits and adventures, and of course, her new book, Brief Flashings in the Phenomenal World. 

About Brief Flashings in the Phenomenal World

After flipping her raft and shattering her leg on the remote Middle Fork of the Salmon River, elite athlete Katie Arnold must confront her broken body, spirit—and marriage. Brief Flashings in the Phenomenal World, a Zen meditation wrapped in a memoir, tells the story of a search for stillness by a woman born for wildness. As Shunryu Suzuki wrote, “Sometimes a flashing will come through the dark sky.” These are moments of wholeness, when we suddenly feel as if we’re part of everything, and everything’s part of us. Poetic and gripping, this book illuminates these moments to reveal: life’s challenges are a chance to live.

“An honest, lyrical, and exuberant book. The peace she’s found radiates through these pages.”—Christopher Solomon, Outside and Runner’s World magazines

“In narrative streams that mirror the currents and eddies of the rivers she loves, Arnold offers a testament to the beauty of imperfection and the power of learning to flow, fully and freely, within one’s own life.”—Marin Sardy, author of The Edge of Everyday 

“This wise book shows us how humility, curiosity, and courage can open us to the beauty and wild energy of the world.”—Florence Williams, author of Heartbreak: A Personal and Scientific Journey

Katie Arnold
Katie Arnold
Katie Arnold is a longtime journalist and bestselling author of Brief Flashings in the Phenomenal World: Zen and the Art of Running Free (2024), which tells the story of a traumatic wilderness accident and her path to healing. Her critically acclaimed memoir, Running Home, was published in 2019. An elite ultra runner and student of Zen, Katie leads writing and running retreats exploring the link between movement and creativity. Her writing has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Outside, ESPN The Magazine, Runner’s World, and Elle, among others, as well as on NPR Weekend Edition Sunday and The Upaya Zen Center Podcast. She has been awarded literary fellowships from MacDowell and Ucross. Katie lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with her husband, Steve Barrett, their two teenage daughters, and two dogs.

About the Speaker Series

Join the conversation as host Gina Lucrezi and various special guests discuss topics related to trail running, hiking and more!

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About the Hosts

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Gina Lucrezi

As the founder of Trail Sisters, Gina’s goal is to help create opportunities and grow participation in women’s trail running. 

Kristi Confortin

Kristi is the Trail Sisters team manager, speaker series wing-woman and Birmingham, Alabama’s local group leader and a lover of all dogs.