Announcements & Celebrations

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Here’s the latest Member News:

In Memoriam: The members below will be greatly missed.
Ed Bryant
August 27, 1945 – February 10, 2017
Ann Gorzalka
1929 – June 13, 2015
Mary Hein
April 30, 1933 – February 4, 2017
Ester Johansson Murray
May 15, 1919 – July 1, 2016
Charlie Popovich
August 11, 1923 – January 12, 2017

Wyoming poet laureate, Gene Gagliano, had the opportunity to read to the Wyoming legislators in Cheyenne.  He also read some of his poetry at the Governor’s Arts Awards banquet.  Later he spoke at a fundraising luncheon for the governor’s wife.  Gene is compiling a new book of his poetry for future publication. 

Treva Lannan published a memoir called Never Say Never in 2016 in time to give to her children for Christmas.

Pat Frolander had the privilege of an invitation to once again perform at the 33rd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada. Surrounded by poets and musicians from across the United States, this indeed, is an awesome experience. This event shares the cowboy/cowgirl stories in rhyme and meter and free verse. Many poems are memorized but several read from their work. Pat encourages anyone who might be interested in performing or attending to go to She promises you an experience you will never forget.

Art Elser published a book of poems, A Death at Tollgate Creek: Songs of the prairie in January. It is available in print from local bookstores and Amazon and B&N and in Kindle, iBook, Nook, and Kobo formats. Art also had poetry accepted for publication in Vietnam War Poetry, The Avocet, and Clerestory.

Helen Davis has two new novels coming out: Evita My ARGETINA and Athena the Warrior Queen of Yavdolo.

Abbie Taylor just received word that her poem, “Winter Desserts,” will appear in Weekly Avocet Issue #220. It was originally published in Serendipity Poets Journal in 2005 under the title “Winter Food.” The editor of Weekly Avocet suggested changing the title to fit the context of the poem, and Abbie agreed.

Lyndi Bell O’Laughlin (Kaycee), has poems published or forthcoming in Blood, Water, Wind, and Stone: An Anthology of Wyoming Writers (Sastrugi Press, 2016), Gyroscope Review, New Verse News, and Unbound Journal.

Debbie Neuenschwander’s application for a picture book mentorship through has been accepted. Paul Czajak, author of the Monster and Me series, will be mentoring her for the next three months.

Theodore Judson sold the rights to his book Tom Wedderburn’s Life to Rathole Books of Michigan in early 2017. The first edition of the book was published in 2000; the second edition, from Rathole Books, will be published later in 2017.

Corinna German’s poem “A Woman Can” has been accepted in the anthology Manifest West #6: Women of the West, published by Western Press Books.  Also, her poem “Body on the Rimrocks” was accepted to Clerestory Poetry Journal for publication in April 2017.

Cork Kelly had a poem published on December 18th on the website YDP: Your Daily Poem, which sends out a daily poem to all who subscribe. A review of his book, Selected Poems, was featured on the Wyoming State Library’s website in February 2017:

Rebecca M. Sweet’s play,There is a Season: Christmas was performed at the Homestead Baptist Church in Cheyenne on Christmas Day. Rebecca wrote, directed, and produced the production.

In Memoriam: Robert Frolander | September 23, 1943 – October 9, 2016 | Beloved husband of Patricia Frolander

Announcing the release of Watch My Rising: A Recovery watch_my_rising_cover-1Anthology: And rise we have, as chronicled in the 37 stories and poems that make up this anthology. Stories of recovery from addiction, because of stigma, haven’t been told nearly enough. In sharing them, we hope to provide readers with a new view and show the world the reality of recovery. The anthology is being published by TulipTree Publishing LLC. Proceeds from the sale of this anthology will benefit Recover Wyoming, an organization based in Cheyenne which provides support to people seeking long-term recovery from addiction and supports their family and friends.

Writers from all over the U.S. and from Africa, England and Canada are included in Watch My Rising. WW Inc. members contributors include:

  • Aaron E. Holst: “New Songs and Shooting Star or Beacon?”
  • Darrah J. Perez: “The Answer Is in Loving Ourselves”
  • Margaret Smith-Braniff: “Homeland Security”
  • Lynn G. Carlson: “With All Due Respect”

For additional information visit Recover Wyoming’s website at The anthology can be purchased through Amazon or by contacting Recover Wyoming at (307) 421-7261.

Nolcha Fox, a new WW, Inc. member from Buffalo, will have her story, “Mother Love,” published in the premier issue of DeadLights, a new horror fiction magazine.

bookcover_tail-tales_front-coverGayle M. Irwin recently published her eighth book. Tail Tales: Stories of Pets Who Touched My Heart and Impacted My Life is a short story collection that reflects on some of the pets with whom she’s shared life’s journey. Heart-warming and humorous, these stories hope readers will be reminded of the joy pets bring to people’s lives, whether in childhood or adulthood. Available on Amazon: Gayle plans several signing events in November and December, including the Holiday Open House at Whistlestop Books & Mercantile in Douglas, Wyoming, Saturday, Nov. 19, 10 am to 2 pm. She will also be at Fashion Crossroads, downtown Casper, for the last Art Walk of 2016, Thursday, Dec. 1, 5 to 8 pm. Visit her website for her upcoming appearances:

Gene Gagliano was invited to present a writing workshop at the Fall Literacy Conference at the University of Wyoming in September.  He has recently given three poetry readings, five elementary school author visits, and one library presentation. Gene has written four new poems for another adult poetry collection, and is working on a middle grade fiction manuscript.  

Cal Stevens, the author of On the Other Side of Brokeback Mountain, has published a second novel, The Swthe-swan-of-tuonelaan of Tuonela. It is essentially an autobiography of a man who was born in and spent most of his life in the California desert. Although fictional, many of the episodes, almost short stories in themselves, are based on the author’s actual experiences. Both books are available through

Renee Blare has two books releasing by Prism Book Group, Racing Hearts in October and Crazy Woman Christmas in November. Both are set in Wyoming.

2016-10-wyomingwaldorfmatheny-1Judy Matheny’s
 first novel is available through  It is titled, Wilde at the Waldorf – First in the Samantha Wilde FBI Series.  It is published by August (6/2015). She has an upcoming presentation at the Laramie County Library in Cheyenne on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 7pm.  It is titled, “From Wyoming to the Waldorf (and Back!).” It will tie in Judy’s prior career as a Special Agent with the FBI (recruited from Cheyenne) and her investigative and writing careers.   

WW, Inc. Board Member Abbie Taylor and members Rose Hill and Christine Valentine, along with other local authors, participated in a National Author Indie Day event at the Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library on  October 8th. The event featured a digital presentation with leaders in the publishing industry followed by a panel of local authors discussing self-publishing.

Art Elser has had five poems accepted in the High Plains Register: “Left Behind by its Nomad Tribe,” “Morning at the VLA Radio Telescope,” “Descending into Puerto Vallarta,” “The Stranded Barn,” and “Warm Morning on a City Sidewalk.” He has also had one in the anthology Blood, Water, Wind, Stone: “Hope in Early March,” and one in The Weekly Avocet: “Peaceful Morning’s Walk.” He is also teaching a poetry craft class for seniors at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, an extension program of Denver University. 

Lindthe_deadly_art_of_deception_jpga Crowder’s new mystery, The Deadly Art of Deception, was released by Cozy Cat press on September 30th. The novel is set in Coho Bay, Alaska. Linda self-publishes her Jake & Emma Mystery series, set in Casper.


Dr. Joanne L. Doucette’s debut novel, Last Seen, A Dr. Pepper Hunt Mystery, will be published on May 23, 2017 by She Writes Press.

Cork Kelly’s Collected Poems is now available on Amazon. cork-kelly-bookcover

Carol Deering has good news about seven poems this summer: She has a poem online at Algebra of Owls (that poem was also chosen to be in their upcoming “pamphlet,” which is a British term, so she doesn’t quite know what to expect), and two poems selected by RavensPerch.  She also has three poems forthcoming in The Kerf, and one poem coming out this fall in Blood, Water, Wind, and Stone, from Sastrugi Press. 

Multiple Wyoming Writers, Inc. members have work included in the forthcoming anthology Blood, Water, Wind, and Stone: An Anthology of Wyoming Writers, Sastrugi Press, due out in November. WW, Inc. members included in the anthology are:

  • Betsy Bernfeld, Jackson Hole
  • Constance Brewer, Northwest Wyoming
  • Lynn Carlson, Cheyenne
  • Edith cover-updateCook, Cheyenne, essay, “Windy Acres”
  • Julianne Couch, Iowa
  • Carol Deering, Riverton
  • Tammy Dominguez, Casper
  • Diane Egge, Cheyenne
  • Art Elser, Denver
  • Deborah Schmitt Emmerich, Cheyenne
  • Shanna Ferguson, Gillette, poem, “Blizzard of ’83”
  • Patricia Frolander, Black Hills of Wyoming,
  • Gene Gagliano, Buffalo
  • Corinna German, Laurel, Montana (NW Wyoming)
  • Vickie Goodwin, Douglas
  • Marcia Hensley, (Denver)
  • Rose Hill, Sheridan
  • Aaron Holst, Sheridan
  • Michele Irwin, Green River
  • Cindy Jackelen, Buffalo
  • Cork Kelly, Pinedale
  • Echo Klaproth, Shoshoni
  • Susan V. Mark, Cheyenne, poem, “Canoeing on Saturday”
  • Renee Meador, Big Horn
  • Myra L. Peak, Green River, poem, “Her Time”
  • Mike Riley, Cody
  • Mike Shay, Cheyenne
  • Barbara Smith, Rock Springs
  • Tom Spence, Buffalo
  • Tory Taylor, Dubois
  • Chris Valentine, Sheridan, poem, “Frigid”
  • Sue Wilcox, Story

Tina Ann Forkner had a book release in July for her novel Nashville by Heart. Joanne Kennedy, author of How to Wrangle a Cowboy, offers praise for Tina’s book: ““Like its heroine, Tina Ann Forknashville-by-heart-by-tina-ann-forknerner’s latest is sweet, wild, and a little bit crazy, with a loving heart that shines on every page.”

Laurie Marr Wasmund has a new book out: White Winter: To Do Justice. In 1917, in a world at war, three young Irish-Americans grapple with questions of love, faith, and the very nature of the human heart. Laurie will be selling and signing books at the Colorado Book Festival on Sept. 10, 10am-4pm, and at the Douglas County Local Author Showcase, Parker (CO) Library, 20105 East Mainstreet, on October 1, 2-4pm.

June Willson Read’s first western historical fiction book was published in early July: Whistle Creek and Other Wyoming Tales focuses on her childhood ranch life and western memories.  It was published by Alabaster Publishing and is available via Ingram.  She and her publisher raced the surgeon for which would come first – knee replacement surgery or the book publication – and June okayed the publication two days before surgery began.  She is now recovering from the surgery. Additonally, Dennis Rollins, a documentary producer in Casper, is working on a film that highlights the life of Dell Burke, whose biography June wrote and was published in about 2009 (Frontier Madam: The Life of Dell Burke, Lady of Lusk).  June has a small part in the documentary.

Marjane yellowstone-has-teethAmbler’s Yellowstone Has Teeth and Mary Beth Baptiste’s Altitude Adjustment: A Quest For Love, Home, And Meaning In Thaltitude-adjustmente Tetons both made the BookRiot list of “100 Must-Read Books about the National Parks.” See the whole list at

Chris Valentine won a Third Place in the AEI Dancing Poetry Contest for her poem “At The Junction”. She will be going to San Francisco in September to read her work.  Chris also had a haiku published in the Weekly Avocet Nature journal, and her poem “Frigid” was accepted for publication in the forthcoming “Blood , Water, Wind Stone” an anthology of Wyoming Writers.  Her poems “the blessing of tubes” and “Wild Asters” were accepted for publication in this year’s High Plains Register.

John Nesbgood-wateritt has a new novel coming out with Five Star Publishing. It is entitled Good Water, and it is a young adult novel set in Wyoming of the 1890’s: . 

On August 6, in Kearney, Nebraska, Cornelius F. (Cork) Kelly participated in five swimming events at the Nebraska Senior Games 2016. He was awarded gold medals for the 50, 100, and 200 meter breaststroke events and silver medals for the 50 meter freestyle and the 50 meter backstroke. His times for the breaststroke events established three new records for the 80-84 age group for males. He trains at the Pinedale Aquatic Center in Pinedale, Wyoming.  According to Cork, “It is not writing but it is what this writer does to balance the mental with the physical.”

M.W. Gordon, a member dividing his time in St. Augustine, Florida; Jackson, Wyoming; and Pray, Montana, has published (Swift Creeks Press, Sarasota) the seventh novel―Barbed Wired―in the award winning Macduff Brooks Fly Fishing Mysteries. His debut in the series―Deadly Drifts―is set mostly in Jackson Hole and won the Florida Writers Association Royal Palm award for both the overall Book of the Year and Best Suspense/Thriller categories. The leading character, Macduff Brooks, now a fly fishing guide in Wyoming and Montana, was once an international law professor in Florida, but work for the State Department caused his near death and placement in a protection program. The man who nearly killed him was Guatemalan Juan Pablo Herzog, who has been trying to find out his current name, profession, and address. And that of his wife, Lucinda, and daughter, Elsbeth. Barbed Wired is set in Jackson, on Cascade Creek in Grand Teton National Park, and Bozeman, Montana, on the Gallatin River, but events take the characters to the Bahamas, Portugal, and Italy. The eighth book in the series―Black Flies―will be released in October at the Annual Meeting of the Florida Chapter of the International Federation of Fly Fishers, in Crystal River, Florida. In the following spring he will do signings in Jackson and numerous locations in Montana, followed by more in Florida and Southeastern Georgia.