Peter Anderson’s most recent books include Heading Home: Field Notes (Conundrum Press, 2017), a collection of flash prose and prose poems exploring rural life and the modern day eccentricities of the American West; Going Down Grand: Poems from the Canyon (Lithic Press, 2015), an anthology of Grand Canyon poems edited with Rick Kempa, which was nominated for a Colorado Book Award; and First Church of the Higher Elevations (Conundrum Press, 2015), a collection of essays on wildness, mountain places, and the life of the spirit. Peter was the Bennett Fellow Writer-in-Residence at Phillips Exeter Academy for the 2015-16 school year. He lives with his family on the western slope of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in southern Colorado.
Esther G. Belin
Esther G. Belin is a Diné multimedia artist and writer, currently a Faculty Mentor in the Low Rez MFA program at the Institute for American Indian Arts. She holds degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, the Institute of American Indian Arts and Antioch University, Los Angeles. Her poetry collection From the Belly of My Beauty (University of Arizona Press, 1999) won the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. Her latest collection is Of Cartography: Poems (University of Arizona Press, 2017). She is a second- generation off-reservation Native American resulting from the U.S. federal Indian policies of termination and relocation. Her art and writing reflect the historical trauma from those policies as well as the philosophy of Saah Naagháí Bik’eh Hózho, the worldview of the Navajo people.
Debbi Brody is an avid attendee and leader of poetry workshops throughout the Southwest. She has been published in numerous national and regional journals, magazines, and anthologies of note. She judges poetry contests around the nation and has served as the accuracy judge for the NEA's Poetry Outloud New Mexico State Finals for many years. Debbi's strong voice ranges from narrative to lyric, short to lengthy, grief filled to joyous, inner to outer landscapes and politics. The deep influences of the surrealist, modernist and beat poets sing through her collections of clear, tough, tender and fantastical poems. She is the author of three chapbooks as well as two full length poetry collections. In Everything, Birds, is her second full length collection published by Village Books Press, and was awarded an Inaugural Margaret Randall Prize in Poetry. Her newest chapbook is Walking the Arroyo (2020).
Carolina Brown roams the inner and outer landscapes of the Wild West, nests along South Crestone Creek. She has worn many hats in the world of words, currently a pink one. She earned an MA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and honors from various dark cafes in the old city. She taught at UC Berkeley and wrote a novel from her love of music, food and western history. She thanks Mick Dodge for sharing "landuage"; thanks pre-cliche Burning Man for reigniting her dance; and thanks Maggie McCall for giving her a newspaper column called Soapbox. While some words land in print, most are breathed into the wind.
Nathan Brown is a songwriter, performer, and award-winning poet from Wimberley, Texas. He served as Poet Laureate of the State of Oklahoma in 2013/14. He holds an interdisciplinary PhD in English and Journalism (Creative and Professional Writing) from the University of Oklahoma but mostly travels now, performing readings and concerts as well as speaking and leading workshops in high schools, universities, and community organizations on creativity and creative writing. He has published nineteen books.
Sharon Corcoran is a native of St. Louis now living in Crestone. At Washington University in St. Louis she studied psychology and linguistics as an undergraduate, and completed an MFA degree in writing there. She has worked in the arts and in a university setting, and as an editor and book indexer. She also translated (from French) the writings of North African explorer Isabelle Eberhardt in the works In the Shadow of Islam and Prisoner of Dunes published by Peter Owen Ltd., London. Her poems have appeared in Kansas Quarterly, River Styx, Canary, The Buddhist Poetry Review, and One Art, among other journals. Her collection of poems is called Inventory, published in 2018.
Lawton describes her poetry as a practice of capturing word waves and rhythm to infuse the ordinary stuff of life with mystical musings. She is at home in Salida, CO where she immersed herself in the beloved SPARROWS poetry festival in the early to mid 2000’s. She is an original member of the River City Nomads with whom she longs to perform again – live and on stage. Her forthcoming poetry collection, Chasing Grace, will be available before year’s end.
Juliana Aragon Fatula
Juliana Aragón Fatula, a southern Colorado native and a member of the Sandra Cisneros’ Macondo Foundation, won the High Plains Book Festival Poetry Award 2016 for her second book, Red Canyon Falling on Churches. Her first book, Crazy Chicana in Catholic City, also published by Conundrum Press, has been used in creative writing classes in several universities. She believes in the power of education to change lives.
Art Goodtimes was an Earth First! poetry editor before getting elected to five terms as a Green county commissioner in Southwestern Colorado, where U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Rifle) now represents the Third Congressional district in Congress. Art is co-director of Talking Gourds, a local and regional poetry program under the non-profit aegis of the Telluride Institute. His lastest book is Dancing on Edge (Lithic Press, Fruita, 2019).
Jane Hilberry became Colorado College’s first Professor of Creativity and Innovation after many years as a member of the English Department. For the past twenty years, she has been developing ways to connect people with the sources of their own creativity. In addition to teaching at CC, she taught for ten years in arts-based leadership development programs at the Banff Centre in Canada. Her books of poems include Body Painting, which won the Colorado Book Award for Poetry; This Awkward Art, a collaboration with her father Conrad Hilberry; and Still the Animals Enter.
Joseph Hutchison, Poet Laureate of Colorado (2014-2019), is the award-winning author of 17 poetry collections, including Eyes of the Cuervo/Ojos del Crow (an illustrated, bilingual collection with translations by Patricia Herminia); The World As Is: New & Selected Poems, 1972-2015; The Satire Lounge; and Marked Men. At the University of Denver’s University College, he directs two graduate level programs for working adults: Professional Creative Writing and Arts & Culture Management. He lives in the mountains southwest of Denver with his wife, Iyengar yoga instructor Melody Madonna.
Mark Irwin is the author of ten collections of poetry, including Shimmer (2020), A Passion According to Green (2017), American Urn: Selected Poems (1987-2014), and Bright Hunger (2004). Recognition for his work includes The Nation/Discovery Award, two Colorado Book Awards, four Pushcart Prizes, the James Wright Poetry Award, the Philip Levine Prize for Poetry, and fellowships from the Fulbright, Lilly, and NEA.
Nearing 50 years of living next to the Arkansas River in Salida, CO. Things have changed and so have I. A year without much interaction has taken a toll but I’ll bounce back one day. Still have Montana in my soul and a bit of here and there to write about.
Rachel Kellum lives with her family at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo mountains and teaches art to valley children and writing at Adams State University. Kellum earned a BFA in Art from Millikin University and an MA in English from Colorado State. Her career began as an English and art instructor at Morgan Community College for eleven years, during which time she served six years as director of the MCC CACE Gallery of Fine Art and host of Open Mic Poetry Nights. A Pushcart Prize nominee and NFSPS award winning poet, her poetry has been featured in several online journals and print collections. She leads writing workshops, performs her poetry around Colorado and blogs at wordweeds.com. Her first book, ah, published by Liquid Light Press, was released in 2012.
Kate Kingston has published two books of poetry, History of Grey, a runner-up in the 2013 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award, and Shaking the Kaleidoscope, a finalist in the 2011 Idaho Prize for Poetry. Her manuscript The Future Wears Camouflage is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry in 2022. She is the recipient of the Atlanta Review International Publication Prize, the Ruth Stone Prize, and the W.D Snodgrass Award for Poetic Endeavor and Excellence. Kingston has been awarded fellowships from the Colorado Council on the Arts, Harwood Museum, Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, Jentel, Ucross, and Fundación Valparaíso in Mojácar, Spain, among others. In addition to writing her own poetry, she has translated the poetry of several Mexican authors. Kingston has served as Language Department Chairperson at Utah State University Eastern and as professor of Spanish and English at Trinidad State, Colorado. She currently lives and writes in southern Colorado.
Lynda La Rocca’s poetry collections include The Stillness Between (2009, Pudding House Publications, Ohio) and Spiral (2012, Liquid Light Press, Colorado). Her individual poems have been published in numerous state and national poetry-society anthologies, along with venues that include The Wall Street Journal, The New York Quarterly, Frogpond (Haiku Society of America), U.S. Catholic, Colorado Life Magazine, and Children’s Playmate. She is the 2007 winner of the Arapahoe Community College (Colorado) Writers’ Studio Literary Contest Award for Poetry and the 2020 winner in poetry of the National League of American Pen Women’s Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition. A journalist, freelance writer, and editor, La Rocca performs her poetry solo and as a member of the River City Nomads, a five-person, performance-poetry troupe based in Salida, Colorado, where she lives with her writer- photographer husband Steve Voynick.
Jessica Helen Lopez
Jessica Helen Lopez is City of Albuquerque Poet Laureate, Emeritus and the host of arts-based PBS, ¡COLORES! She has also been a featured writer for 30 Poets in their 30’s by MUZZLE and named one of the “10 Up and Coming LantinX Poets You Need to Know” by international digital publisher and agency, Remezcla. Lopez is a nationally recognized award-winning slam poet, and holds the title of 2012 and 2014 Women of the World City of ABQ Champion. She is a member of the Macondo Foundation. Founded by Sandra Cisneros, it is an association of socially engaged writers united to advance creativity, foster generosity, and honor community. Her first collection of poetry, Always Messing with Them Boys (West End Press, 2011) made the Southwest Book of the Year reading list and was also awarded the Zia Book Award presented by NM Women Press. Her second collection of radical feminist poetry, Cunt. Bomb. is published by Swimming with Elephants Publication (2014). Her third collection, The Language of Bleeding: Poems for the International Poetry Festival, Nicaragua (SWEP) is a limited release in honor of her ambassadorial visit to Granada, Nicaragua.
Anne MacNaughton is a poet, author and artist based in Northern New Mexico. Co-Founder of S.O.M.O.S. and director of the long-running Taos Poetry Circus, she teaches writing and coaches recitation and performance around the Southwest. Her easygoing voice has been described as reminiscent of Mary Oliver’s. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including The Notebook, Minerva Rising, The Best American Poetry, The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart, Thus Spake the Corpse, In Company: An Anthology of New Mexico Poets After 1960, and most recently the Santa Fe Literary Review. Her essays on poetry are included in Spoken Word Revolution and Poetry Flash.
Don McIver is a 4 time member of the ABQ slam team, an award winning host/producer of KUNM's Spoken Word Hour, the author of The Noisy Pen, and editor of A Bigger Poet: The Unlikely Success of the Albuquerque Poetry Slam Scene. He's performed all over the United States, produced poetry events big and small including being the Media Director for the Bravos Awards winning 2005 National Poetry Slam (the largest poetry slam in history). Don has been published in numerous magazines and anthologies including the Harwood Anthology, Shine On You Crazy Diamond: Poems by Teens and their Mentors, Earthships: A New Mecca Poetry Anthology, and Poems from the Big Muddy: NPS 2004.
Juan J. Morales is the author of three poetry collections, including The Siren World and The Handyman’s Guide to End Times (UNM Press, 2018). His poetry has appeared in Copper Nickel, Crab Orchard Review, Green Mountains Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Pank, Pleiades, terrain.org, Zone 3, and others. He is also a CantoMundo Fellow, Editor/Publisher of Pilgrimage Press, and Department Chair of English & Foreign Languages at CSU-Pueblo.
Craig Nielson is an architect, poet, and mountaineer who writes from his base camp in Salida Colorado. He is the author of two collections of poetry, Touch of Grace and Worn Open Places.
William Pitt Root
William Pitt Root has lived from the Everglades to the Pacific NW rain forests and from the Sonoran Desert to Manhattan and from Robert Frost's Vermont country to James Lee Burke's bayou country. He has made his living hanging dry wall, breaking rocks in a mine half a mile underground, working as a shipyard flunky, a bouncer, and a poet in the schools in the Navajo and Hopi, Crow and northern Cheyenne nations. Along the way he's published, so far, a dozen books (most recently Strange Angels) of poems from mags such as New Yorker, Harpers, The Nation, The Atlantic, Pilgrimage and in 150 anthologies and 20 languages. Mojo, his faithful dog, resembles a werewolf impersonator.
Danny Rosen started Lithic Press in 2008 and opened Lithic Bookstore and Gallery in 2015, in Fruita, Colorado. He has worked in geology, astronomy, construction, and education. From 1995 to 2014, he gave astronomy presentations in schools throughout western Colorado in the portable Western Sky Planetarium. Part of each year between 2003 and 2008 he ran an astronomical observatory in Namibia in southern Africa. In a previous life, he was a climber. His full length collection, Primate Poems, was published in 2016.
David J. Rothman is the Director of the Poetry Concentration with an Emphasis on Form in the new low-residency MFA program at Western State College of Colorado, and also teaches at the University of Colorado at Boulder and Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver. He is co-Founder of the Crested Butte Music Festival, Founding Editor and Publisher of Conundrum Press, and served for six years as Headmaster of Crested Butte Academy, an independent school in Colorado. He is President of the Robinson Jeffers Association and sits on a number of non-profit boards.
Rothman’s volumes of poetry include Dominion of Shadow, Beauty at Night and The Elephant’s Chiropractor, which was a Finalist for the Colorado Book Award. A new volume, Go Big, is forthcoming from Red Hen Press. Over the last 30 years his poems and essays have appeared Appalachia, The Atlantic, The Formalist, The Gettysburg Review, The Hudson Review, The Journal, The Kenyon Review, Light, Measure, Poetry, The Threepenny Review and scores of other journals. He is co-author, with Stanley Rothman and Stephen Powers, of Hollywood’s America: Social and Political Themes in Motion Pictures.
Sally Jane Seck
Sally Jane Seck grew up in the DC suburbs, Austin, Texas and Southwest Virginia. She has an MFA from the Jack Kerouac School at Naropa. Her work has been published in Bombay Gin, The Lune, and Gesture Literary Journal. She's been a community college prof, she's a marketer and a business poet, a mom, and she runs this website. Sally and her family, which consists of more dogs than people, have been Crestoners for a few years now.
Susan Tichy is the author of six books, most recently The Avalanche Path in Summer, a muscle-memory of a life in mountains, and Trafficke, a mixed-form investigation of family, race, and language spanning from Reformation Scotland to the abolition of slavery in Maryland. Both are from Ahsahta Press. She has written extensively about war and its human consequences, including the volumes Gallowglass (Ahsahta, 2010), Bone Pagoda (Ahsahta, 2007), and A Smell of Burning Starts the Day (Wesleyan, 1988). Her first book The Hands in Exile (Random House, 1983) was selected for the National Poetry Series. Her work has been published in the US, UK, and Australia, and been recognized by numerous awards, including a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Now Professor Emerita at George Mason University, she divides her time between Colorado Springs and her hand-built cabin near Westcliffe. Free Verse Editions will release her seventh book, North | Rock | Edge: Shetland 2017/2019, in 2021
Jesse Tsinajinnie Maloney
Jesse Tsinajinnie Maloney grew up on the Leeward side of O’ahu. He went to the same High School as Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. His work has appeared in Turtle Island Quarterly, Peach Velvet Lit Mag, About Place, Cutthroat and other places. His debut full length work Health Carefully was released through Cyberwit press 2019.
In 2020 he co-hosted the late night virtual reading series Midnight Transmission with Orlando White.
He is producing a collaborative spoken word/instrumental album featuring poets Pamela Uschuk and William Pitt Root to be released in 2021.
Jesse Tsinajinnie Maloney teaches at Dine’ College and lives with his wife and cats on the Navajo Nation.
Political activist and wilderness advocate, Pam Uschuk has howled out six books of poems, including Crazy Love, winner of a 2010 American Book Award, Finding Peaches in the Desert (Tucson/Pima Literature Award), and her most recent, Blood Flower, one of Book List’s Notable Books in 2015. Translated into more than a dozen languages, her work appears in over three hundred journals and anthologies worldwide, including Poetry, Ploughshares, Agni Review, Parnassus Review, etc.
Among her awards are the War Poetry Prize from winningwrites.com, New Millenium Poetry Prize, Best of the Web, the Struga International Poetry Prize (for a theme poem), the Dorothy Daniels Writing Award from the National League of American PEN Women, the King’s English Poetry Prize and prizes from Ascent, Iris, and AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL.
Editor-In-Chief of Cutthroat, a Journal of the Arts, Uschuk also edited the anthology, Truth To Power: Writers Respond To The Rhetoric Of Hate And Fear, 2017.
Wendy Videlock lives in the small ag town of Palisade, on the west slope of the Colorado Rockies. Her work has appeared twice in Best American Poetry, Hudson Review, The New York Times, Poetry, Hopkins Review, Shit Creek Review, and other disparate venues. Her books are available from Able Muse Press and EXOT Books. A two-time finalist for Colorado poet laureate, Wendy is also a visual artist, whose paintings are featured in galleries throughout western Colorado.
Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer
Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer co-hosts Emerging Form (a podcast on creative process with Christie Aschwanden), Stubborn Praise (an online poetry reading series with James Crews) Secret Agents of Change (a surreptitious kindness cabal with Sherry Richert Belul), Talking Gourds Poetry Club (with Art Goodtimes) and Soul Writer’s Circle (with meditation teacher Augusta Kantra). Her poetry has appeared in O Magazine, on A Prairie Home Companion and PBS Newshour, Poetry of Presence, and in her daily poetry blog, A Hundred Falling Veils. Her most recent collection, Hush, won the Halcyon Prize. She teaches poetry for parents, scientists, mindfulness retreats. One-word mantra: Adjust.
Everett Wilson earned a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from SUNY-Binghamton in 1986. Since then he’s been a bank teller, legal secretary, adjunct writing instructor, lover, husband, grieving widower, Zen monk, waiter, baker, chef, poet, bookkeeper, editor, memoirist, tantrika, chef (again?!!!), a/v tech, and husband all over again, because apparently once is just not enough.
He’s been all of these things, but is none of them.
Most recently, he finds himself meditating a lot more than is probably healthy, writing for the sake of his sanity, and baking bread again, because people gotta eat, and though you can’t eat a poem, or a menu, you can devour a good book.
Allison Wonderland engages in the curious blessings and burdens of being human; tending soul through death mid-wifery, immersive installation creations, ritual theatre and poetic saturations.
Gary Worth Moody
Gary Worth Moody is the author of three volumes of poetry, including: The Burnings, (3:A Taos Press, 2019), a winner of the 2020 New Mexico / Arizona Book Award in Poetry; Occoquan (Red Mountain Press, 2015) shortlisted for the international Rubery Book Award in poetry, and Hazards of Grace (Red Mountain Press, 2012). His poems have appeared in myriad journals on both sides of the Atlantic, and in the anthologies, Cabin Fever: Poet's at Joaquin Miller's Cabin, 1984-2001 (Word Works Press) and Weaving the Terrain (Dos Gatos Press). Gary has worked as a forest fire fighter, a farrier, a cowboy, and building a town for coal miners in Siberia’s Kuzbass Region. He is currently working on a COVID update to his 4th manuscript, Carrion Dark Light, and the beginnings of a novel, Why the Comets Have Come to Shun the Earth. A falconer, Gary lives in Santa Fe with the artist and writer, Oriana Rodman, Handsome the Dachshund, Beauty the Grulla Dog, and Fuego, a Red-tail Hawk.