2016-2017 Board of Directors

Chris Ellsworth, Gillette – Presidentpancakes lead

Chris Ellsworth writes equine related non-fiction and long fiction from his home along the Dry Fork of Little Powder River, north of Gillette. It is his great fortune that working with horses and their people is his day job. Along with his wife Claire, he has two grown daughters, a wee little granddaughter named Zoe and plenty of horse friends.  chrisellsworthhorsemanship.com

Cindy Jackelen, Buffalo Vice President

Cindy Jackelen from Buffalo is a fairly new member of Wyoming Writers. She is a Literacy Facilitator for the Johnson County School District. A former newspaper editor, she writes poetry, fiction and is working on memoir. Cindy moved to Wyoming 11 years ago, but returns frequently to the Minnesota River Valley to visit children and grandchildren and to prospect her past for inspiration.

Jocelyn MooreJocelyn Moore, Pinedale – Secretary

Jocelyn Moore resides near Pinedale and uses her Bridger-Teton wilderness log cabin as one of her muses.  The other is her blue-eyed heeler, Beowulf.


Tom Spence, Buffalo – Past Presidenttom_spence_photo_web

Tom Spence:  Born in Sheridan, considers Laramie his home town.  Graduated with two degrees from UW.  Went away for 30 years to teach, to work in the New York City subway, and to do other things.  Returned to Wyoming.  Writes poetry, fiction, and occasional scolding letters to the editor of the local paper.

Marjane Ambler, Atlantic City
Marjane Ambler

Marjane Ambler came to Wyoming in 1973 to work for the High Country News when it was located in Lander. She has spent her career as a fulltime writer and editor, specializing in natural resource and American Indian issues. She is the author of two books (Yellowstone Has Teeth, a memoir of living fulltime in the world’s first national park, Riverbend Publishing, 1993, and Breaking the Iron Bonds: Indian Control of Energy Development, University of Kansas Press, 1990.) From 1995 until 2006, she was the editor of Tribal College Journal of American Indian Education, a national magazine covering tribal colleges and universities.

Keri De Deo, Sheridan

Keri De Deo lives in Sheridan, and is a writer, editor, teacher, musician, and online educational designer in writing, grammar, and research. She is originally from Arizona, but she has lived in Wyoming since 1998. She has a BA & an MA in English, and she is currently working on a Master’s in Education.  She loves technology and finding innovative tools for a happy, healthy life. Keri spends her free time with her husband kayaking, hiking, and walking her two beautiful dogs: Maiya and Lilla. To learn more about Keri, visit her website: keridedeo.com!

Abbie TaylorAbbie Taylor, Sheridan 

Abbie Taylor is the author of a novel and two poetry collections and is currently working on a memoir. Her work has appeared in Emerging Voices and Serendipity Poets Journal. She is visually impaired and lives in Sheridan where for six years, she cared for her late husband, totally blind and partially paralyzed by two strokes. Before that, she spent fifteen years as a registered music therapist, working in a nursing home and volunteering for other venues that served senior citizens and the visually impaired. Visit her at: www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com .

Chris Williams, Green River –Treasurer (ex-officio)alethea_williams_web

Christine Alethea Williams writes historical novels and sensual romances under two pseudonyms. Her historical novels deal with Wyoming and the West. Willow Vale is the Wyoming Historical Society Publications Award-winning story of a Tyrolean immigrant’s journey to America. Walls for the Wind follows a group of Irish immigrant children from the slums of New York City to Hell on Wheels, Cheyenne, Wyoming. Walls for the Wind is a WILLA Literary Award finalist, a gold Will Rogers Medallion winner, and placed first at the Laramie Awards in the Prairie Fiction category. Her latest,  Naapiikoan Winter, a Western American pre-history spanning the North American continent, has been called “An involving, richly atmospheric historical novel” by Kirkus reviews. She has been writing for many years, has been involved with Wyoming Writers in one capacity or another since 1991, and she is pleased to continue serving its membership.

headshot 1Administrative Assistant: Ann Stebner Steele

Ann was born and raised in the high desert of Wyoming. She completed her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Idaho in May 2012. She and her husband then returned to Wyoming in order to live in the landscape that they love, surrounded by the family and friends they share it with. She writes fiction and nonfiction and works as an academic advisor for the Center for Advising and Career Services at the University of Wyoming. To learn more about Ann and her writing, visit http://annstebnersteele.com/.

Have news? Send it to our contract administrative assistant Ann Stebner Steele at wyowriters@gmail.com. Ann is your point of contact for Wyoming Writers Inc.’s website, newsletter and social media.