Keynote Speakers

Poetry: Kim Bridgford, West Chester University

Wednesday, July 22, 8:00 pm. Ruby Theater, Western State Student Center

Kim Bridgford is the editor of Mezzo Cammin and the founder of The Mezzo Cammin Women Poets Timeline Project, launched at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in 2010. Formerly director of the West Chester University Poetry Center and the West Chester University Poetry Conference, she is the author of eight books of poetry, including Bully Pulpit and Doll.  She was the recipient of a Ucross fellowship.

Genre Fiction:

Thursday, July 23, 1 pm. Location TBA.


Publishing: Caleb J. Seeling, Director of Certificate in Publishing at Western; Publisher / Editor, Samizdat Publishing Group

"Publishing the Literary West"

Friday, July 24, 1 pm. Location TBA.

Caleb J. Seeling is the Director of Western's Certificate in Publishing. He began working in publishing in 2006 and founded Samizdat Publishing Group in Denver in 2009. The company has since expanded, forming three imprints (Conundrum Press, Conundrum Faith, and Samizdat Creative), publishing between 20-30 books altogether each year. An active member of several publishing and arts organizations, Caleb is also a social entrepreneur, finding ways to serve the greater community and disadvantaged youth through strategic partnerships with organizations such as Colorado Business Committee for the Arts and Youth on Record. He has also recently published his first graphic novel, The Battle Begins, with David C. Cook Publishing, illustrated by Eisner-award winning artist Sergio Cariello. The sequel, The Seeds of Struggle, will appear in fall 2015 and he is under contract for two more. Caleb is a native Coloradan based in Golden, where he lives with his wife Angela, four children, and three chickens.


Saturday, July 25, 1 pm. Location TBA.


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