Announcements & Celebrations

The latest Member News:

From Nolcha FoxMy short stories “Disappeared” and “A Place Called Chance” will be published June 30, 2018 in the 4th edition of The Wire’s Dream. In addition, I have just been accepted to be a contributor to The Black Lion Journal.

From Karen Madorin: I’m excited to share that I received the Kansas Press Association’s 2018 Award of Excellence in Column Writing in the Non-daily Division I. This makes two years in a row, which so I’m pleased.

Abbie Johnson Taylor’s poem, “Stay Away from My Tree House” has been selected for publication in an anthology by Proverse Poetry of Hongkong to be released in March or April.

Cornelius “Cork” Kelly had an annual Christmas poem, which he has been writing since 1994, published by Jade Brown, the director of the Nebraska Senior Games, on her Facebook site. Cork holds the breaststroke records there in the 50, 100, and 200 meter events in the 80-84 age group, and Jade used some of his poems in the past that deal with swimming. He is resident poet at the Pinedale Aquatic Center and has written many poems for them. He has been assigned to write a poem about the director who has retired, and has contributed a poem each month since 2006 to the newsletter of Rendezvous Point, the senior center in Pinedale. On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, the 8, 9, and 10 of February, 2018, the Wyoming Senior Winter Games were held in Pinedale, Wyoming. At registration, the contestants each received a gift bag filled with various useful articles from chap sticks to commemorative shirts. Included among these articles was a sheet with two poems, one on each side by C.F. Kelly: “2017 Wyoming Senior Winter Games” and “Athletic Awards.  It is an honor to have a Wyoming poet recognized at this event.

“Strangers are just friends I haven’t met yet.” –Will Rogers. Pat Frolander just returned from the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada. She met those strangers at the Gathering and now calls many of them friends. Performers, audience, staff, and volunteers make this event one of the best in the US. Laughter to tears when those eleven years to eighty-eight years share their stories, poetry, workshops, and songs. Three full days and nights of exceptional performances await you. If you have not attended, please plan to attend next January. Thank you Western Folklife Center!

Lyndi Bell O’Laughlin’s poetry news includes: “Why Kim Won’t Go Out at Night” which received a Pushcart Prize nomination from Picaroon Poetry in the U.K., where it was published May 2017. “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,” Gyroscope Review, Winter 2018. “Waiting For the Line to Snap On a Big Fish Who Has Begun To Weep Hurricanes,” WYOPOETS, Winter 2018. “It’s Like There’s a Mushroom Cloud Tattooed On My Ass,” Gyroscope Review, Fall 2017. “Somebody Look and See If It’s Plugged-in,” WYOPOETS, Fall 2017.

Corinna German won third place in Western Writers of America’s “Tweet Us a Western” contest where participants wrote a Western in 280 characters or less – the equivalent of one tweet – to compete for $500 in cash prizes.

Keri De Deo‘s first novel, Nothing but a Song, is about Rebecca Kendall, a nineteen year old who has a life anyone would envy: musical talent, love, romance, and a promising future. When a tragic accident erases her past, present, and future, Rebecca’s life turns into turmoil and irreconcilable loss. Becca faces her new life alone, angry, depressed, and DEAF. Becca wants nothing but a song, but will her dream survive such insurmountable odds? Will she ever take another chance at love? Only a mysterious stranger can answer those questions.

Page Lambert’s latest essay, “Never for Sale,” appears in Langscapes Magazine (Terralingua, Language/Environment/Culture, Winter 2017). The essay is about eminent domain and the rerouting by the Wyoming Highway Department of Highway 14 through the heart of her land near Devils’ Tower National Monument. This is the ranchland featured in Lambert’s best-selling memoir In Search of Kinship. Contact for a PDF. Coming in March 2018 from Fulcrum Publishing, The Light Shines from the West, a highly anticipated book about the complex history of America’s westward development from 1820 to 2020. Included in the book is Page’s chapter on “The Rural West.”

Laurie Marr Wasmund has three recent or upcoming appearances: The first on January 30 at the Elizabeth Library in Elizabeth, CO. The Pines and Plains Library District is starting an adult lecture series, and she will be its first presenter with a lecture about America’s military involvement in the Great War in January, with a lecture on America’s Home Front scheduled on April 3. The second event is at Castle Rock Writers on February 12 with workshop on dialogue called “Tough Talk: Writing Effective Dialogue.” The meeting will be from 6:30 to 8:30 at New Hope Presbyterian Church. The third is the Local Author Showcase sponsored by Douglas County Libraries at 2 p.m. on February 17 at James H. Larue Library in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

Gene Gagliano‘s book, titled Is It True?, a collection of humorous children’s poetry, was released in December by Crystal Reef Press. The Johnson County Public Library hosted a book signing on Tuesday, February 6th. He read his poetry at the Wyoming Arts Council Summit in Lander in November, and had a poem titled “Wagon Wheel” published in Artscapes Magazine. Gene also read some of his poetry at the Governor’s Arts Awards banquet on February 9th. He will be presenting to the Prairie Pens writing group in Gillette on February 17th, and also signing his new book at The Teacher’s Corner from 10:30 to noon. 

Charles Cole, a retired Russian linguist and language educator, has written a spellbinding account of his six-month tour of duty in the old Soviet Union where he travelled extensively and got a bird’s eye view of the Soviet Union—the country which spawned today’s Russian Federation. Complete information about his new book In Russian Wonderland can be found at  

Nolcha Fox’s “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. “The Magician” was nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

John Nesbitt’s frontier/western novel, Castle Butte, will be released by Five Star in May.

Art Elser had two poems, “In a Minnesota Summer Night, 1974” and “Night Sky, Sand Dunes, July 1987” accepted for Celestial Musings: Poems Inspired by the Night Sky. Proceeds from the anthology go toward the Planetarium at Ball State University. He also had four haiku published in the online poetry journal, The Weekly Avocet 

Susan J. Tweit’s first book, Pieces of Light: A Year on Colorado’s Front Range, has been named part of the essential “canon” of urban nature writing—27 years after the book’s publication. The review of her first book came two weeks after she sent the manuscript for her 13th book, a memoir called Bless the Birds, to her agent. Her upcoming projects include “Endangered Phoenix from the Ashes,”  an essay on wildflowers and wildfire for a forthcoming coffee-table book, Beauty & the Beast, and an article on plants and the animals they can’t live without for Wildflower Magazine. 

Debbie Day won 2nd place in November in Susanna Leonard Hill’s Halloweensie writing contest, out of 244 entrants.

Laurie Marr Wasmund has three upcoming appearances: The first is on January 30 at the Elizabeth Library at 651 Beverly Street, Elizabeth CO. The Pines and Plains Library District is starting an adult lecture series, where she will be its first presenter, doing the lecture about America’s military involvement in the Great War, with a second lecture on America’s Home Front scheduled on April 3. The second event is the Monthly Workshop at Castle Rock Writers on February 12, where she will be presenting a workshop on dialogue called “Tough Talk: Writing Effective Dialogue.” The meeting will be from 6:30 to 8:30 at New Hope Presbyterian Church, 3737 New Hope Way, Castle Rock, CO. The third event is the Local Author Showcase sponsored by Douglas County Libraries. It will take place at 2 p.m. on February 17 at James H. Larue Library,  9292 S Ridgeline Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO