Conference Administration and Staff
Associate Conference Coordinator
Our wonderful interns do everything from driving vans, to handling registration, working at the bookfair, making signs and troubleshooting every aspect of the conference. They work hard and we are proud of them. You can count on them to do their utmost to answer any questions you may have, and you will also see them at many of our events, as part of their own education. When you do work with any of them -- as you inevitably will -- please thank them for their hard work. After all, they are our future.
Jay Ytell is a graduate of Western Colorado University's undergraduate creative writing program. Jay spends her free time reading, writing, and climbing Colorado's mountains. During her time at Western, Jay held numerous leadership positions within the Western community. including Vice President of WordHorde, Western’s spoken word and performance troupe; Treasurer of the local chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society; and the Director of Western’s Council for Creative Expression. Jay is an avid writer and has been published in Pathfinder magazine. This is Jay’s fourth year on staff at Writing the Rockies.
Shaye Gerrity is from Gunnison, Colorado, and is a senior at Western Colorado University majoring in English with an emphasis in creative writing and a minor inBusiness. For her hobbies, Shaye enjoys road biking, horseback riding, skiing and, of course, reading and writing. This is Shaye's second year on staff at Writing the Rockies.
Marlida Mear is a recent graduate of Western Colorado University, where she majored in English and minored in History. She was most recently co-managing editor of the university's Pathfinder magazine, as well as an intern for the Contemporary Writer Series. This is Marlida's third year on staff at Writing the Rockies.
Josiah Miranda-Troup is from Denver, Colorado. He graduated from Western Colorado University in May with a BA degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing and a minor in Communication Arts. He is on the board for Peak Productions, and will start next semester as the Student Director of Theatre. He is also an Associate Editor on Pathfinder, the student run literary magazine on campus. This is Josiah’s third year on staff at Writing the Rockies.
Michael Schmidt is a junior at Western Colorado University, majoring in English and minoring in Anthropology. He is the President of the West Elk Wranglers and wishes for everyone to keep an eye out for upcoming events or to inform him about community services and fund raisers the club could help with. He works as a ranch hand when he isn't deep in his studies. This is Michael’s first year on staff at Writing the Rockies.
Kennedy Sievers is from Colorado Springs, Colorado. She graduated from Western Colorado University in May with a BA degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing, as well as a minor in Psychology. She has been published multiple times in the school newspaper, Top O’ The World, where she was also a continuing staff writer. She has also had several of her articles republished in the university magazine, Pathfinder.Kennedy was Associate Managing Editor for Pathfinderthis past year. This is Kennedy’s third year on staff at Writing the Rockies.
Cody Stevens is a senior pursuing a degree in Environment and Sustainability with a minor in Biology. This is his first time participating in Writing the Rockies and is excited for the opportunity. He loves playing hockey and his favorite book is The Last Wishby Andrzej Sapkowski. This is Cody’s first year on staff at Writing the Rockies.