Featured Authors

The Butterfly Launched off the Spar Pole: Poetry, Prose, and Finger-style Guitar

Krist Novoselic is a musician, community and democracy activist, and farmer who entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014, the same year he earned a Grammy for Best Rock Song, with Paul McCartney and Dave Grohl. He was co-founder and bassist of the band Nirvana, wrote the book Of Grunge and Government, and is currently Master of Grays River Grange # 124. Robert Michael Pyle is a biologist, writer, and Guggenheim Fellow often connected with butterflies as well as Bigfoot. His eighteen books include Wintergreen, The Thunder Tree, and Evolution of the Genus Iris: Poems. Novoselic and Pyle dwell one ridge apart along parallel tributaries of the Lower Columbia River, in rural southwest Washington. Both long-time members of the Patrons of Husbandry, they will speak to the genius of the original Grange movement, and how it can still help to keep communities alive and engaged. Their presentation will be punctuated with several of the song-poems that come from their artistic collaboration.

Elizabyth A. Hiscox, Poetry

Elizabyth A. Hiscox is the author of Inventory from a One-Hour Room and her poetry has appeared in DMQ Review, From the Fishouse, The Fiddlehead, Gulf Coast, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Matter, and elsewhere. She has also served as Poet-in-Residence at Durham University (UK). Also selected for the Seventh Avenue Streetscape public-art initiative, her poetry was displayed on a central-Phoenix billboard for a year in conjunction with the city’s first Friday art walks. Her poetry scholarship has appeared in The Journal of Modern Literature and was recently referenced in the SAGE Handbook of Feminist Theory. She’s served as layout editor for New Issues Poetry & Prose, associate editor for 42Opus, and as Managing and Poetry Editor for Third Coast. The recipient of Arizona Commission on the Arts and Vermont Studio Center Grants, the Sonoran Prize in Poetry, she was also a finalist for the Larry Levis Poetry Prize and Cleveland State Poetry Center Prize. Recipient of the highest award in the Southeast Review’s Gearhart Poetry Contest, and the Ludvik Vaculik Prize in creative nonfiction. Hiscox holds an MFA from Arizona State University and a PhD from Western Michigan University. She has taught writing in England, the Czech Republic, and Spain and currently instructs at Western State Colorado University where she is founding director of the Contemporary Writer Series.

Headwaters Anthem, a song by Alan Wartes

Alan Wartes is a renaissance man: writer, poet, musician, naturalist, beekeeper, urban farmer, husband, father, Neo Luddite, and countercultural curmudgeon. He also directs New Leaf Gardens, an urban farming program in the Denver area.


The Art of Getting Lost, a poem by Art Goodtimes

Art Goodtimes is a fourth-term County Commissioner in San Miguel County. Goodtimes was the founding poetry editor of Earth First! Journal (1981-1991) and poetry co-editor of Wild Earth (1991-2000). His first book of poetry was Embracing the Earth (1984) and his most recent book is As If the World Really Mattered (2007).



Letter to the Headwaters, by Aaron A. Abeyta

Aaron Abeyta is a Colorado native and professor of English at Adams State College. For his previous collection, Colcha, Abeyta received an American Book Award and the Colorado Book Award. Abeyta is also the recipient of a Colorado Council on the Arts fellowship.  He is currently working on a book-length collection of his "Letters to the Headwaters" and selected poetry, with Western Press Books (Western State Colorado University's new press).



Reading from Finding Abbey,  a new book by Sean Prentiss 

Sean Prentiss is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Vermont's Norwich University.  A Western Alum, Prentiss has worked for the Peace Corps, the Northwest Youth Corps, the University of Idaho, Grand Valley State University, and Backcountry Magazine.  His work is published in many literary journals, he has been nominated for multiple Pushcart Prizes, and he published a book-length creative biography of Edward Abbey, Finding Abbey, in 2015 with University of New Mexico Press.  Prentiss splits his time between a lake in northern Vermont and a small cabin in the Gunnison Valley.  His is the editor of an anthology on the craft of creative nonfiction entitled The Far Edges of the Fourth Genre, published in 2014.