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Poet and organic fruit grower Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer “is a chanteuse of the heart,” says poet Art Goodtimes. She’s the appointed Poet Laureate of San Miguel County. She has authored and edited eleven books and is widely anthologized, including Red Thread, Gold Thread: The Poet’s Voice, Come Together: Imagine Peace, The Geography of Hope: Poets of Colorado’s Western Slope and What Wildness This Is: Women Write About the Southwest. Her work has also appeared on A Prairie Home Companion and in O Magazine. In addition to writing, Rosemerry teaches public speaking for Mesa State College, performs with a poetry troupe (EAR), teaches poetry in schools, independently and with Think 360, writes an award-winning linguistics column for the Telluride Daily Planet, sings with a 7-woman a cappella group, and is mother and step-mother to six-year-old Finn, two-year-old Vivian, and 27-year-old Shawnee. For ten years, Rosemerry served as director of the Telluride Writers Guild and led a poetry discussion series at the Telluride Public Library. In 2007, she and her husband, Eric, bought a 75-acre orchard and now grow organic peaches, pears, cherries, apples and apricots. Her master’s degree in English Language & Linguistics is from University of Wisconsin—Madison.
Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer, Poet
Seth Brady Tucker (S. Brady Tucker)'s first book, “Mormon Boy,” won the 2011 Elixir Press Editor’s Prize, was published in 2012, and was a Finalist for the 2013 Colorado Book Award. Seth has been the Carol Houck Smith Scholar at Bread Loaf, and most recently served as the keynote speaker and instructor at the "Words Beyond Bars Poetry Project." He has won a number of writing awards including honorable mentions in the Jeff Sharlet Award from the Iowa Review, and in 2013 he won the Shenandoah Bevel Summers Fiction Prize and the Literal Latte Short Fiction Award. His poetry and fiction is forthcoming or has appeared in the Iowa Review, Shenandoah, Poetry Northwest, Chautauqua, Verse Daily, Indiana Review, North American Review, River Styx, Asheville Poetry Review, storySouth, Crab Orchard Review, and many other journals and anthologies. He is represented by Alex Glass at Trident Media Group, New York. Seth has degrees in English Literature and Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, Northern Arizona University (where he resurrected and worked as Poetry and Fiction Editor for Thin Air magazine), and Florida State University (PhD, 2012). Currently, Seth is writing a novel set on an Indian Reservation in Wyoming, and has finished writing a second poetry collection (which was recently a finalist for Philip Levine Award), and his first short fiction collection (which was also a finalist for the Flannery O'Connor Award). He teaches poetry and fiction workshops at the Light House Writer's Workshop in Denver, and lives and teaches near Boulder, Colorado. He is originally from Wyoming, and served as an Army 82nd Airborne paratrooper in the Persian Gulf.
Fiction Writer, Poet
Estes Park, CO
John Vernon is the author of eleven books, including six novels, a memoir, a book of poems, and several books of criticism. He frequently reviews new fiction for The New York Times Book Review. Two of his books have been named New York Times Notable Books of the Year, and he has been awarded two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. He was born and grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and now lives in the mountains of northern Colorado, where he is affiliated with the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado. Each year he is in residence at Binghamton University in upstate New York for the spring semester, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate fiction workshops. His novels are often but not exclusively set in the historical American west. He believes that the novel is an art form designed to both entertain and discomfort readers, and that its ultimate goal is to undermine our complacency while bringing us news of the world. In 2013, Dzanc Books, a non-profit publisher dedicated to literary works, brought his first four novels back into print as e-editions.