Announcements & Celebrations

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Here’s the latest Member News:

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.

Gayle Irwin, Casper, joins other children’s authors for Children’s Book Week, which runs May 1 to 7!  On Saturday, April 29, 10 to 11:30 am Gayle will partner with children’s author Debbie Day at Whistlestop Mercantile and Books in Douglas, launching Children’s Book Week. Both authors will read from their works, with Gayle introducing her latest children’s story “A Kind Dog Named Mary,” about the adoption of her springer-cocker mix in 2013. In addition to Children’s Book Week, May 1 – 7 is Be Kind to Animals Week; Gayle will provide activity pages about kindness toward animals for young audience members that day. 
  • On Wednesday, May 3, Gayle Irwin, Casey Rislov, and Glenrock-area writer Mary Fichtner will read from their books at the Glenrock Library during story hour for children. The event begins at 10 am and will feature an activity time as well. 
  • On Wednesday, May 6, Gayle and Casey again partner for a reading and signing at the Natrona County Library in Casper starting at 11 am. They will be joined by Debbie Day with her “Itchy Mitchie” book.

Abbie Taylor just received word that two of her short stories and a poem will be published in the spring/summer issue of Magnets and Ladders, an online magazine featuring stories, poems, and essays by authors with disabilities. The stories are “A Suit Jacket and a Flower” and “Amber’s Alert.” The poem is entitled “My Husband in Late Summer.” The magazine can be read at .

Lyndi Bell O’Laughlin’s poem “The Misspent Youth of Lula Lou” will be published in Troubadour, An Anthology of Music-Inspired Poetry. (Picaroon Poetry, 2017).

Su Child shares that the Contemporary Indian Awareness Art and Culture volunteer community/schools project of the past seven years now celebrates with two local exhibits: Western Cellular at 1318 Sheridan Avenue and Park County Archives in the Marathon, in Cody’s library building.WY Indian Education For All legislation was signed by Governor Matt Mead in a noon ceremony March 9, 2017.  WY PBS has produced Native Education modules and videos with monies from previous recent legislation. The website provides viewers both curriculum modules and AV content to-date. 

Carol Deering has recently had two poems accepted for publication: “We Named Our Planet” in Gyroscope Review, and “Secret Heart” in Oakwood Literary Magazine.

Sarah Reichert’s novel Fighting Destiny, out in March, is the Fighting Destiny Book Coverthrilling conclusion to Reichert’s Southtown Harbor Series. The novel begins with a mysterious evil approaching the town and its sights are set on resident-witch-in-hiding, Maxine LaFleur. The darkness is coming and without the power to face it alone, Maxine must learn to accept that walls that kept her safe before may be the ones that lead to her ultimate destruction. Available on Amazon:

Betsy Bernfield and Myra Peak both submitted winning work to the WyoPoets 2017 Eugene V. Shea National Poetry Contest. Betsy’s poem “Rain Craters on the Moon” won second place, and Myra’s “Gone” won fourth place.  Both poets also had poems selected for the Honorable Mention category, Betsy with first for “Gravity” and fifth for “When the Moose Come to Town,” and Myra with second for “No Rescue from Drowning.”

Cork Kelly has been busy! For National Poetry Month in April, he will be doing a poetry reading at the McCook, Nebraska public library. He will be joined by Ginny Odenbach, who will also be reading. Cork also wrote a poem for and participated in the Wyoming Senior Winter Games were held in Pinedale on February 17th and 18th. He is the resident poet at the Pinedale Aquatic Center and fills their poem requests on demand. During the games, Cork won nine medals, eight gold, and one bronze. Cork says, “The gold medals were by default because I had no competition in those events. The bronze medal came in a medley relay competition in which I joined with three women swimmers. I probably slowed them down, but at least we medaled. I am pleased to be able to combine writing and physical activities.”