2016 Faculty and Panelist Biographies
The distinguished participants in this summer's conference are all active and successful novelists, poets, screenwriters, critics, scholars, or publishing professionals. In addition to our graduate program faculty, other speakers and presenters join us from all over the country. This page includes all presenter biographies. Biographies of Workshop and Critical Seminar leaders and of participants in the Poetry Symposium can also be found on the pages with the descriptions of those programs.has devoted a lifetime to the study of the English language and its prosodic development in poetry. Now emeritus professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin, he has also taught in France and at the University of Illinois. Among his books are A History of the English Language (with Albert C. Baugh) and The English Alliterative Tradition. His interests range from the metrics of Old English verse to the treatment of meter by today’s New Formalists.
Nepali Aama: Life Lessons of a Himalayan Woman (Anchor/Doubleday; now in its fourth edition), documents Aama's life as an elderly, subsistence farmer in the foothills of the Himalayas. The sequel, Aama in America: A Pilgrimage of the Heart (Anchor/Doubleday) is the dramatic and poignant tale of their 12,000-mile odyssey in search of the soul of the United States. In addition to acclaim as an illustrated lecture program, this story has been widely excerpted and a feature film screenplay is in progress.
In 1997, Coburn was awarded the American Alpine Club's Literary Achievement Award for his body of work. His third book, Everest: Mountain Without Mercy (National Geographic Books) reached #17 on the New York Times Bestseller list and was selected as a "Pick" for 1997 by Publisher's Weekly. It has sold over 400,000 copies, an unusual showing for a large format illustrated book.
Coburn also authored a young adult photo-biography of Sir Edmund Hillary, Triumph on Everest, for National Geographic Books. This was selected as a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People for 2001 by the National Council for Social Studies and the Children's Book Council. In April of 2001 his collaboration with Jamling Tenzing Norgay, Touching My Father's Soul: A Sherpa's Journey to The Top of Everest (HarperSanFrancisco), his fifth book, reached #7 on the prestigious BookSense list, #24 on the New York Times list, was granted an Honorary Mention at the 2001 Banff Mountain Book Festival, and was a finalist for the coveted 2001 Books for a Better Life Award.
Coburn has also written magazine articles for New Age, Rock and Ice, The Denver Post Magazine, Co-Evolution Quarterly, Worldview and other magazines. In addition to lecturing, he is now editing a large format book on the Himalaya, and is writing a series of historical fiction titles set in the Himalaya in the 1960s and '70s. He is the Special Projects Director for the American Himalayan Foundation, a charitable organization based in San Francisco that brings education, health care and environmental conservation to villagers like Aama. Learn more about him at http://broughtoncoburn.com/.www.staciadeutsch.com, @staciadeutsch and www.facebook/staciadeutsch.
is Associate Professor of English at SUNY Fredonia. Her essays on modernist poetry and poetics have appeared or are forthcoming in journals such as Thinking Verse, Style, and Paideuma. She has organized poetics seminars and workshops at the West Chester Poetry Conferences, the Modernist Studies Association, and the Conference on College Composition and Communication. She is currently at work on A Poet’s Field Guide to the English Language.www.telluridemushroomfest.org), founder and director of various Talking Gourds poetry events since 1989 (talkinggourds.weebly.com), poetry editor for the national mycological magazine Fungi (www.fungimag.com) and co-editor of an on-line poetry zine (sagegreenjournal.org), Art served as the first Poet Laureate of Colorado’s Western Slope (2011-13) and his most recent book is Looking South to Lone Cone: the Cloud Acre Poems (Western Eye Press, Sedona AZ, 2013).www.writingstrides.com.
His work has appeared in Poetry, The Hudson Review, Hopkins Review, Rattle, The Paris Review, Barrow Street, North American Review, Southwest Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, The New Criterion and other publications. He has won The Formalist’s Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award three times, the Willis Barnstone Translation Prize, and numerous awards for his public service, including Humanitarian of the Year from the Alzheimer’s Association. He has been a featured poet in Light and The Barefoot Muse, a Father Walter Ralston fellow at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, a Poet of the Month of the Academy of American Poets, and an adjunct instructor in formal poetry at Emerson College. He is a graduate of Yale and Harvard with two honorary doctorates.Conundrum Press. Stephen’s career in writing, marketing, and content development has run the gamut from tweets to white papers to novels to poetry and everything in between. His more than 2,000 articles, stories, blogs and other writings have appeared in numerous publications throughout the U.S. and internationally. He was the publisher of an environmental news website that reached an international audience. He earned a master’s degree from New York University in professional writing in 2015 and a bachelor’s degree from Radford University in English in 2005. In 2016, he published an eBook on creative writing, In Search of You. Creative Writing: Journey, Style, Method.http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/wjsc20/current), having prior served as book review editor. In concert with others Bob has written or edited 11 scholarly books which have sold dozens of copies and are so boring that his own mother refused to read them. These include President Obama and Education Reform: The Personal and the Political (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2012), The Obama Presidency: Change and Continuity (Routledge, 2011), A Guide to Charter Schools (Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2006), Beyond a Government of Strangers (Lexington, 2005), and School Choice in the Real World: Lessons from Arizona Charter Schools (Westview 2001). He recently co-edited two books appealing to very different audiences:The Politically Correct University (published by conservative AEI), and Judging Bush (published by liberal Stanford University Press). He is now working on a book on education policy in the Obama years and beyond, and another on Arizona charter schools. His more than 70 scholarly publications have appeared in journals including Public Administration Review, Computers and Education, the Journal of School Leadership,Social Science Quarterly, the Journal of Educational Research, and Education Next. His more than 100 op-eds have appeared in venues including the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Houston Chronicle, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Baltimore Sun. In 1987 Bob played for the University of Minnesota’s National Champion College Bowl team. In his non-existent free time Bob hikes in the mountains. He is married to April Gresham Maranto. Their bosses, Tony and Maya, were born in 1999 and 2004 respectively, and attend Root Elementary and Woodland Junior High in Fayetteville.
For Paramount, JD and Patrick's work includes writing The Deadliest Warrior for producer Shawn Levy, Boilerplate for producer JJ Abrams, and collaborating with Roberto Orci on the script for Star Trek Beyond. Their recent projects include a re-imagining of Flash Gordon for 20th Century Fox, with Matthew Vaughn (Kingsmen; X:Men: First Class) currently attached to direct; rewriting Winter's Knight for Sony and directors Joachim Roenning and Espen Sandberg (Kon Tiki; Pirates of the Caribbean 5), and creating and writing the pilot for Hellfire, an X-Men spinoff show for the FOX TV network. JD and Patrick are represented by UTA and Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment. JD is married to the love of his life, opera singer Rachel Payne (who is singing in the summer's new opera workshop at Writing the Rockies). The two have one son, and live in Los Angeles.
http://www.clayreynolds.info/.Samizdat Publishing Group in Denver in 2009. The company has since expanded, forming two imprints (Conundrum Press 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., founder of Western’s Graduate Program in Creative Writing, has been a Professor of English at Western since 1988. He currently serves as Director of the Undergraduate Creative Writing Program, and as Editor-in-Chief for Western Press Books. He has 25 years of professional journalism experience, having published hundreds of news stories, features, columns, and editorials in local through international markets. He also served as editor and publisher of both a newspaper and a regional magazine and, at one point, digested online news for the Lycos daily news service. Mark has performed his poetry and given fiction readings across the country and in Europe. His books include two collections of poetry, Wire Song (Conundrum, 2001) and Tamped, But Loose Enough to Breathe (Ghost Road, 2008). He is author of the science fiction novel Strange Attractors (Write in the Thick, 2012) and co-author with wife Kym O’Connell-Todd of the paranormal comedy / fantasy trilogy The Silverville Saga: The Silverville Swindle (Ghost Road, 2006), which was reissued as Little Greed Men (Raspberry Creek, 2011); All Plucked Up (Raspberry Creek, 2012); and The Magicke Outhouse (Raspberry Creek, 2013). All were nominated for Colorado Book Awards and Little Greed Men was also nominated for the Colorado Blue Spruce Award. Currently, he and Kym are at work on a creative nonfiction book about hauntings in frontier mining towns of the Rocky Mountains.Frederick Turner is Founders Professor of Arts and Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas. He has held academic positions at the University of California at Santa Barbara, Kenyon College (where he was editor of The Kenyon Review), and the University of Exeter in England. Among his many books are Natural Classicism: Essays on Literature and Science, Shakespeare and the Nature of Time, Paradise (poetry) and Genesis: An Epic Poem.