WY Arts Grant

Mark Your Calendars Now for the 43nd Annual Conference!

As you will see in the other articles from Board members in this newsletter, we are busy getting our ducks in a row for next year’s conference, which will be held in Gillette on June 2nd, 3rd and 4th, 2017.  It’s amazing how quickly the months will slip by, and, if all goes well, we’ll have a venue, a menu, presenters, dissenters, and a brochure for closure.

Cindy Jakelen is corralling faculty with the help of her committee.  The program committee is designing some new things to try out next year.  Chris Williams and Tom Spence succeeded in winning grant support from the Wyoming Arts Council for next year’s conference.

I am trying to find my way around the venue situation which will meet our needs. 

We are hoping to avoid problems of transit and atmosphere so we can have a conference free of tobacco smoke, chlorinated swimming pools, and WiFi disturbances.

Something else of which I hope you will take note in this newsletter is how our Board uses every excuse to encourage members to keep writing, for we are planning next year’s contest.  Judges are being sought for the same categories as last year.  And, as is our practice, judges’ names will not be revealed before the contest.

So we soldier on into the fall.  We’ll keep you updated on all developments.  And meanwhile, in case it has escaped you, keep writing!

Chris Ellsworth, President

For post-conference news about the 2016 Conference, visit our Conference page!

Corinna German is the WW,  Inc. Historian!

The WW, Inc. Historian, Corinna German, manages this archive of news published about our members, our conference, and our group by standard news sources and affiliates (print, radio, television, and news outlet websites). In this age of heavy self-promotion, the historian is not looking for ephemeral items such as tweets, Facebook posts, etc. Members may access the archives by visiting the Newsletter Archive page on the Members Only section of our website.  If you are not a member and would like access, please email If you have news or history you’d like to include in the archives, please contact Corinna at

Governor Mead Appoints Eugene M. Gagliano of Buffalo as Poet Laureate 

Congratulations to WW, Inc. member Eugene M. Gagliano, Wyoming’s newest State Poet Laureate! Read the press release here. Also, enjoy this post of Gene’s on the Writing Wyoming Blog.

Gene Gagliano with his son Nathan, his grandson Conner, his wife Carol and Govenor Matt Mead at the Wyoming Poet Laureate ceremony.

Gene Gagliano with his son Nathan, his grandson Conner, his wife Carol and Govenor Matt Mead at the Wyoming Poet Laureate ceremony.