BOOKS: Bellingham poet takes readers on a poetic journey down the Colorado River

In June 2014, Carol McMillan joined a group of adventurers who rafted 224 miles down the Colorado River. McMillan documented her trip with poetry, paintings and photographs, which she uses in her book, “White Water, Red Walls,” to tell the story of her two-week journey.

She will discuss her book – which takes readers between mile-high cliffs on a 15-foot raft, via humorous and emotional poems – at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 22, at Village Books, 1200 11th St.

McMillan is an anthropologist who has ventured across Africa with an entomology expedition, lived with free-ranging rhesus monkeys, and worked with the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation’s language-preservation program. She currently is a member of several poetry and writing groups in Bellingham, and is a 2014 recipient of the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest award.

As an artist, McMillan is a member of the Winthrop Gallery, Whatcom Art Guild, and Valley Arts Group.