Announcements & Celebrations

The latest Member News:

 Nolcha Fox‘s short story “The Magician” was recently nominated for the Pushcart Prize! She also sends news that three of her short stories have been accepted for publication: “The Magician” and “Spaghetti” will be published in the 3rd edition of The Wire’s Dream Magazine; “Al’s Vacation” will be published in Issue 8 of We Are A Website New Literary Journal“Kurst’s Curiosities” will be published in Issue 2 of Cadaverous Magazine.

Lyndi Bell O’Laughlin’s poetry news includes:
—“Why Kim Won’t Go Out at Night” received a Pushcart Prize 2017/18 Nomination from Picaroon Poetry in the U.K.
—“It’s Like There’s a Mushroom Cloud Tattooed On My Ass” was published in Gyroscope Review, Fall 2017, Issue 17-4.
—“Standing At the Kitchen Sink While a Choir of Angels Tries to Sing Me Into Existence, Even Though They Know I Think I’m Making This Up” will be published in the next issue of Gyroscope Review.

Pat Frolander served on a panel titled, Ranch Life and Culture: Myths and Realities at the the Women Writing the West Conference in Tuscon. Writer Amy Hale Auker and manager of the Poison Spider Ranch in Nevada, Gail Steiger completed the panel that was moderated by Wyoming Writers, Inc. author, Susan Tweit, of Cody.

Bearlodge writer and WW, Inc. member, Barbara Marshak, won fourth place in the prestigious Laura Awards given for Women Writing the West Best Short Story. 

Cal Stevens had a book signing Nov. 4 in Ridgecrest, California, the locale of part of his 2017 book on desert life entitled The Swan of Tuonela.

Corinna German‘s poem, “The Heart of a Boy” was published in Nature Writing Magazine on October 28, 2017. Also, her untitled haiku was published in Issue # 54 of Haiku Journal.

Gayle M. Irwin, Casper, anticipates a busy next few months. After publishing her second book about her dog Mary, titled A Town Dog Named Mary Visits a Ranch and having a short story in the August release Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dog Really Did That? Gayle will be traveling to participate in several book signings: Sat., Nov. 18 at Whistle-stop Mercantile & Books in Douglas from 9:30 to 11 am; Friday evening, Nov. 24 at Keystone Books in Lewistown, MT during the community’s annual Christmas Stroll; and Saturday, Nov. 25 at Sheridan Stationary in Sheridan, WY, joining writer, Sheridan resident, and member Bonnie Sargent who also has a short story in the Chicken Soup dog book. Gayle also plans to participate in the Holiday Art Bazaar at Art 321 in Casper, December 8 & 9, joining Casper children’s author and member Casey Day Rislov for the event.

Janet Hubbard announces that her latest mystery novel BURGUNDY: Twisted Roots was published in September. This from Publishers Weekly: “Series fans will thoroughly enjoy its elegant, satisfying finish.”

Dallas Jones will be presenting his novel, Meet the Boys of Casper at Douglas County Libraries’ Local Author Showcase at Parker Public Library in Parker, Colorado, 2 p.m. Saturday, November 18th. He will present an overview of his work and then be available afterward to chat and sign books. 

John Nesbitt is pleased to report that his novel Good Water took second place in Western Fiction for Younger Readers at the Will Rogers Medallion Awards. His novel Death in Cantera took fourth place in Western Fiction, both from Five Star. His contemporary novel Blue Springs is scheduled for release from Fire Star Press, an imprint of Prairie Rose Publications, at the end of November. Blue Springs features the same protagonist of an earlier novel entitled Poacher’s Moon, which takes place in Wyoming.

Award-winning non-fiction author Julianne Couch will release her first novel in December, published by Jackson Hole based Sastrugi Press. Along the Sylvan Trail was inspired by the people Julianne met and the places she visited to write her recent book about contemporary life in small towns. Julianne lived in Laramie for almost 20 years before relocating to the western shore of the Mississippi River. Although she lives in Iowa, she still teaches part time for the University of Wyoming and visits whenever she can.

Three of Amy Shaw’s poems, “Your Picture,” “Head of the Household,” and “Silver and Lead,” were published recently on “Poets Reading the News,” a place where poets respond to current events. A fourth poem, “Rajuma,” will be published there in the coming weeks as well.

Alethea Williams’s historical novel Náápiikoan Winter placed third at the Will Rogers Medallion Awards in the Inspirational Fiction category.

Poet Lyndi Bell O’Laughlin’s recent work accepted for publication includes:
“On Creativity,” Gyroscope Review.
Contributing poet interview, Gyroscope Review.
“Selective Memory As a Future Topic For an Elegy,” New Verse News.
“Poem Saved For Parts,” Gyroscope Review.
“The Misspent Youth of Lula Lou,” Troubadour: An Anthology of Music-inspired Poetry (Picaroon Poetry Press, Sheffield, U.K.)
“Throwing the Bones,” Gyroscope Review.
“The Only Tear in Detroit,” Unbroken Journal
“Inaugural Address,” Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse (Lost Horse Press, 2017)
“There’s a Clinic in Frankfurt,” Gyroscope Review.
“Why Kim Won’t Go Out at Night,” Picaroon Poetry.
“Response to the Stranger Who Wants to Know Where I Live,” Gyroscope Review.
“A Statue of a Guy on a Horse Makes Good Rip Rap,” New Verse News

Barbara Marshak is also a member of Women Writing the West and her short story VOICES is one of five Finalists in the LAURA Short Fiction Contest. The WWW Conference is being held this October in Tucson, Arizona, where the winners will be announced.

Gayle Irwin and Bonnie Sargent both had a story published in the latest Chicken Soup for the Soul, The Dog Did That? book. We think it is pretty amazing that two authors from the least populated state in the nation each had stories accepted in a book that receives submissions from all over the country!  

Corinna German‘s poem “To The Seventeen-Year-Old Boy Who Vandalized the Holocaust Memorial” was published in A Quiet Courage, a journal of micro-fiction and poetry on August 28, 2017. Also, her poem “The Sweetwater Drainage” will be published in the Fall 2017 issue of High Plains Register.

Art Elser had two poems published in the Summer issue of The Avocet, “Rain After Years of Drought” and “Prairie Morning Challenge.” His poem “October 24th, 1962, 3:45 AM.” a poem about the Cuban Missile Crisis, was accepted for publication in Passager. Two poems, “We Called It Crossing the Fence” and “Tara’s Call of the Wild,” were also accepted for publication in High Plains Register

Barbara Townsend‘s third novel, Tarnished Gold, was published July 21, 2017. The novel is available in paperback and various ebook formats on Amazon, Smashwords, and Barnes & Noble. In 1933 Wyoming, Em Olson struggles to operate her beloved family hotel after her father’s abandonment and her mother’s death. A new lodger, a handsome geologist searching for gold, brightens her lonely life. He makes discoveries of murder and swindles embroiling the family hotel and her father’s gold mine. Stressed to the breaking point, she must examine her past to find her father’s killer and decide her future while the man she has grown to love prepares to depart on his next assignment.Steve Gardiner recently published a book (with John Jancik) called Highpointing for Tibet: A Journey Supporting the Rowell Fund which is an account of eleven years of climbing mountains around the US and in several other countries as a means of increasing awareness of the situation of the people in Tibet. They also raised money to support The Rowell Fund for Tibet, an organization that gives grants to Tibetan writers, artists, and musicians.

Steve Rzasa has recently had two books released: Man Behind the Wheel, a near future science-fiction mystery; and Multiverse, a collection of short stories. Both are available on Amazon: – Man Behind the Wheel; – Multiverse.

Julianne Couch is the author of a Kansas Notable Book for 2017. Her non-fiction exploration of contemporary small towns is titled The Small Town Midwest: Resilience and Hope in the Twenty-first Century (University of Iowa Press). The Kansas State Library awards “Notable” status to 15 books annually. Books either have some relevance to Kansas, or are written by authors with Kansas connections. In this case, it is both. Julianne will be part of the awards event at the State Capital in Topeka and be a featured author at the Kansas Book Festival, in September.

M.W.Gordon, author of the award winning Macduff Brooks Fly Fishing Mysteries, has released a the ninth episode of Lucinda and Macduff Brooks’ adventures. Toxic Trout turns to deaths associated with an abandoned Montana gold mine toxic waste spill that kills thousands of trout in Mill Creek and the Yellowstone River in Paradise Valley. The Brooks find themselves unintentionally drawn into the problems caused by the mine spill. Toxic Trout is the first of the series available in hardbound as well as softbound and an e-book.

Mike and Kathy Gear have eight releases scheduled in the coming twelve months:
SUN BORN in mass market paperback from Tor Books – Aug. 29, ’17
COMING OF THE STORM in trade paperback from Gallery Books – Nov. 8, 2017
MOON HUNT in hardback/e-format from Tor Books – November 29, 2017
FLIGHT OF THE HAWK in hardback/ e-format from Five Star Press – Jan. 16, ’18
DONOVAN: OUTPOST in hardback/ e-format from DAW Books – Feb. 9, ’18
MAZE MASTER in hardback/e- format from St. Martin’s Press – Spring ’18
THIS SCORCHED EARTH in hardback/e-format from Forge Books – April ’18.
DONOVAN: ABANDONED in hardback/e-format from DAW Books, Fall ’18.

Kimberly Brown self-published Appalachian Diary: One family’s story of tragedy and redemption during the Harlan County, Kentucky, coal strikes, a new book that is available on in paperback and for Kindle.

Su Child and Contemporary Indian Awareness reported on KODI a summary of this summer’s Indian events. Upcoming collaborations between groups include wonderful educational programs on American Indians from Cody museum’s annual Solstice Powwow and a July-August Contemporary Indian Art and Media exhibit in the Cody City Hall Foyer. The National Museum of the American Indian has shipped 400 past issues to distribute in Cody’s downtown for participating shops to provide to tourists and residents alike.

Cork Kelly won gold medals in the 50-, 100- and 200- meter breaststroke events in the 80-84 ages group at the Western Iowa Senior Games in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He has now competed in six states: Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, Nebraska, Hawaii and Iowa. He trains at the Pinedale Aquatic Center, where he is the poet in residence.

Judy Matheny signed a publishing contract for a middle grade novel/screenplay/musical that will be coming out in the spring through Savant Publishing/Aignos branch.