2016 Conference attendees had the opportunity to learn from our great presenters or pitch to one of our agents and editors.
KEYNOTE: Joseph Marshall III
Joseph Marshall III was born and raised on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation and is an enrolled member of the Sicangu Lakota (Rosebud Sioux) tribe. Because he was raised in a traditional Lakota household by his maternal grandparents, his first language is Lakota. In that environment he also learned the ancient tradition of oral storytelling. Joseph taught at the high school and college levels, and developed native studies curriculum as well. For several years he worked for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. Now he writes full time, having published nine nonfiction works, three novels, a collection of short stories and essays, and has written several screenplays. His books are published internationally and include The Lakota Way of Strength and Courage, Soldiers Falling into Camp: The Battles at the Rosebud and the Little Big Horn (co-author), To You We Shall Return: Lessons About Our Planet from the Lakota, The Power of Four: Leadership Lessons of Crazy Horse, and the novel, The Long Knives are Crying. As a speaker and lecturer he as appeared in many venues throughout the United States and in countries such as France, Sweden, and Siberia.
NONFICTION: John Calderazzo
John Calderazzo helped build the undergraduate and M.A. Creative Nonfiction writing programs at Colorado State University where he has won a Best CSU Teacher Award and many other honors. He also teaches scientists around the U.S. how to communicate with the public by using traditional story telling skills. His essays, poems, & stories have appeared in hundreds of publications, including Audubon, Georgia Review, High Country News, Orion, and North American Review. His books include Writing from Scratch: Freelancing, a poetry chapbook, a kids science book and, most recently, a collection of linked travel essays, Rising Fire: Volcanoes and Our Inner Lives. He has won a 2012 Traveler’s Tales travel-adventure gold medal for an essay about getting bitten by a dog in Bhutan, and his work has been cited in Best American Short Stories and Best American Essays. John Calderazzo in the news: “CSU professor aids writers”
POETRY: Lori Howe
Lori Howe holds an M.F.A. in poetry, and is a doctoral candidate in Literacy Studies at the University of Wyoming. She has been teaching creative writing workshops with all kinds of writing populations for the last ten years, at the college level and in communities around Wyoming. She is the editor in chief of Clerestory: Poems of the Mountain West (clerestorypoets.org) and the author of Cloudshade: Poems of the High Plains (Sastrugi Press, 2015), Voices at Twilight (Elm Books, 2016), and is at work on the educational text, Stories from Earth: Literature, Millennials, and Teaching Writing that Matters. She teaches creative writing workshops with underserved writing populations across the state of Wyoming and serves as a leadership team member for the Wyoming Writing Project, a chapter of the National Writing Project. Her educational research appears in such journals as Qualitative Inquiry and the Journal of Lifelong Learning. Her current writing project, the novel Heaven of Olives, is set in rural Andalucia, Spain.
PUBLISHING: Pamela Fagan Hutchins
In 2011, entrepreneur Pamela Fagan Hutchins walked away from three literary agents and launched SkipJack Publishing with her husband. Since then, she has published seven mystery novels with SkipJack and won the 2015 USA Best Book Award in Cross Genre Fiction (and walked away from her previous career as an attorney and an investigator), while SkipJack has published eight other books from five additional authors. To help other writers explore their publishing options, Pamela wrote What Kind of Loser Indie Publishes, and How Can I Be One, Too? in 2013. She is a frequent speaker, workshop facilitator, retreat host, and manuscript consultant, and her most recent release is Hell to Pay, the third mystery in the Emily series, a spin-off from her best-selling Katie & Annalise series. Read more at her website or at the SkipJack Publishing website. Pamela is both traditionally and independently published.
AGENT: Elizabeth Wales
Elizabeth Wales, owner and principal agent of Wales Literary Agency, began her career in publishing at Oxford University Press in 1980. She also worked at the Strand Bookstore and in trade sales and marketing at Viking Penguin in New York. A graduate of Smith College, she did graduate work in Literature at Columbia University. Member of Association of Author’s Representatives, Inc. (AAR) and the Authors’ Guild.
EDITOR: Tiffany Schofield
Participating remotely. Accepting pitches via Skype.
Tiffany Schofield, a University of Maine graduate, joined Five Star Publishing (Cengage) in 1999, and her passion is all things Five Star. She currently manages the Five Star Publishing list, as well as managing the western fiction large print lists for Thorndike Press and Wheeler Publishing, cousin imprints to Five Star. Tiffany oversees the editorial process of acquiring 84 unpublished manuscript projects each year for the three Five Star Publishing genre lists.
PUBLISHER: Louella Turner
Louella Turner has been a writer for more than two decades and for 8 of those years she’s run her own publishing company, High Hill Press. As of the beginning of 2014, High Hill has published 100 books. The company now has five divisions, with five editors working those divisions along with Lou and her husband, Bryan.
About the Wind River Hotel and Casino
The Wind River Hotel and Casino (WRHC) provides:
- 600 jobs
- On average $200,000 to $400,000 per month of casino profits to the Northern Arapaho Business Council, which disburses it, primarily for education, health care, housing, roads, and sewer and water systems on the Wind River Indian Reservation.
- In addition, more than $200,000 was donated last year to organizations across the state, including cancer survivors, student back packs, children in foster care, and child abuse prevention.
- WRHC helps support a local recovery center for employees struggling with addiction
- The WRHC does not serve alcoholic beverages.