Conference Faculty


2017 Conference attendees will have the opportunity to learn from our great presenters or pitch to one of our agents and editors.

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Nina McConigley

KEYNOTE: Nina McConigley

Nina McConigley was born in Singapore and grew up in Wyoming. She holds an MA from the University of Wyoming and an MFA from the University of Houston. Her short story collection, Cowboys and East Indians, won the 2014 PEN Open Book Award and the High Plains Book Award. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Orion, Salon, American Short Fiction, The Asian American Literary Review, among others.  Of Cowboys and East Indians, the PEN judges cited:  “In these stories McConigley has shaped a work destined to be a classic, like Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio.” Nina teaches at the University of Wyoming and at the Warren Wilson Program for Writers. Nina’s keynote address will be open to the public at 8:15 p. m. June 3, 2017.

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Clay Landry


Clay Landry is an avid researcher, lecturer, writer, and recognized authority on the early nineteenth century Rocky Mountain fur trade. He has published numerous monographs, articles, and essays on this history. He is an associate of the Fur Trade Research Center in Tetonia, Idaho. He has frequently lectured at the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade Symposia and elsewhere. His expertise earned him the role of Technical and Historical Advisor on the Oscar winning film, “The Revenant,” where his job was to help with authenticity in all things of the time, the material culture and techniques shown in the movie.

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Kristin Abraham

POETRY: Kristin Abraham

Kristin Abraham is a Michigan native with an MFA from West Virginia University. She teaches at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne. Her poetry and lyric essays have appeared in collections and in Best New   Poets 2005, Columbia Poet Review, LIT, and American Letters and Commentary. She is faculty advisor to LCCC’s student-produced  High Plains Register. Her poetry has been called “… sprawling and dense, thick-blooded and expansive,”  by  J. A. Tyler of Subito Press; and by sister poet, Danielle Pafunda, “Heavenly and dangerous at the speculative edge of the West…”

EDITING LIFE EXPERIENCE: Dr. Christopher “Caskey” Russell

Caskey Russell, a member of the Tlingit tribe of Alaska, received BA and MA degrees in English from Western Washington University, and a PhD from the University of Oregon. He taught at Iowa State University and currently is an Associate Professor in the English Department and the director of American Indian Studies at the University of Wyoming. Russell received the important Ellbogen Meritorious Classroom Teaching Award in 2016.  He has contributed chapters to many books and was a major collaborator for Critical Race Theory Matters: Education and Ideology (Routledge, 2010).  He has written on a wide range of topics and published short stories, poems, and articles both popular and scholarly.

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Nancy Curtis

PUBLISHER: Nancy Curtis

Nancy Curtis never misses the WW, Inc. Conference. She is a longstanding member of Wyoming Writers, Inc.  But this year she is also taking pitches for her own imprint, High Plains Press, which has over 50 titles–mostly Western history and poetry. “I knew people who were writing books that were definitely good enough to be in print, but there was no one to publish them.” Nancy’s in the house!

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Pat Landy


Pat Landy, an educator and editor who owns Crystal Publishing, LLC., is a recent VIP Woman of the Year. She networks with the Rocky Mountain Writers, Colorado Independent Publishers, NOCO Writers Group, and the Northern Colorado Authors and Narrators Workshop.  Children’s literature, fantasy, and young adult fiction are her focus. If those are your genres, see Pat Landy.

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Aaron Linsdau

PUBLISHER: Aaron Linsdau
Aaron Lindsdau–Sastrugi Press in Jackson—publishes a wide range of writing but focuses on Wyoming and the outdoors. Aaron will be present not only to listen, but to offer helpful  information for submissions. “We want and need our authors to be successful. We provide them with the tools and tips….” Sastrugi is expanding its titles. Is one of them yours?


Wyoming’s current Poet Laureate Gene Gagliano will lead a workshop titled “Want to Write for Children?

Abbie Taylor will focus on the poetry of our everyday experience. Novelists Chris Williams and Laurie Marr Wasmund will delve into the historical novel, supporting research and breathing life into the genre. Linda Crowder, who writes mysteries, will fill out the panel, discussing plot and setting.  Keri DeDeo and publisher Patricia Landy will discuss rescuing and revivifying old manuscripts into finished, published works. Susan Vittitow Mark, librarian, poet, and “co-blogger” with WW, Inc. member, Lynn Carlson at,  will offer advice and help to make social media work for you.