Artists Participating

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 currently finishing a book-length creative biography of Edward Abbey 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.

25th Anniversary Retrospective, by conference founder George Sibley

George Sibley is a freelance writer who has lived and worked in the Upper Gunnison River valley most of the past 45 years. From 1988 through 2007 he served as Director of Special Projects and taught journalism and environmental studies at Western State Colorado University. He was co-founder of Western’s Headwaters Conference in 1988, and also ran its summer Water Workshop and spring Environmental Symposium for a number of years.

 As a writer, his most recent work is a major history of the development of Colorado’s share of the Colorado River, Water Wranglers, commissioned by the Colorado River District. He has also authored two collections of essays about life in the Colorado Rockies, Dragons in Paradise (Mountain Gazette Publishing, 2004) and Part of a Winter (Crown Publishing, 1977). His essays and articles have appeared in nationally distributed publications – Harper’s Magazine, Technology Illustrated, High Country News, New Age Journal and Old West – and regional publications like Colorado Central and Mountain Gazette.

 Since retiring from Western, he has become involved in Colorado water issues, and currently serves on the board of the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy, and is water education coordinator for the Gunnison Basin Roundtable. He lives in Gunnison with his partner, Maryo Gard Ewell.