Testimonials about Writing the Rockies

"Something happened to literature over the last couple of hundred years that pulled it apart into sub-genres, fragments, refined technical or theoretical jargons, specialized subject areas, social and political enclaves—and divided the rough consensus that held together the audiences of Dante, Shakespeare, Goethe and Melville. Writing the Rockies is a blazingly imaginative and very successful essay at bringing it all back together. In the spectacular valley of the Gunnison each summer some of the best conversations about literature in all its forms are going on, together with a new perspective on our civilization and a very old pleasure in the beauty of the word." —Frederick Turner, Founders Professor of Arts and Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas

"I cannot thank you and the staff of the Writing the Rockies project enough. The openness, generosity, kindness and intellectual and creative support was, at least for me, unexpected in an academic environment. This was my first writing conference and my only regret is that I have not attended the WtR sessions from their inception." —James Region Jarrett, Quenado, New Mexico

"I consider it an enormous privilege to be part of the Writing the Rockies conference! The contagious enthusiasm of both students and faculty, the intellectual quality of the sessions, and the amazing degree of supportiveness from everyone involved is absolutely unmatched anywhere." —Marilyn L. Taylor, Wisconsin Poet Laureate, 2009-10

"Let me thank you for a particularly stimulating seminar. The creative energy in the group—both faculty and students—was uplifting. The first creatively inspired thing I wrote when I returned was a new idea for a documentary. Not very literary but still spurred on by the residual high." —Jan Stremme, Lakewood

"There's nothing quite like Writing the Rockies: alternating long hikes in breathtaking scenery with invigorating, immersive experiences in multiple genres of creative writing and criticism. And then there's the firepit conversations and the long talks with good friends. It's a step out of the everyday in a supportive culture to get your best writing done—and with an immediate audience!" —Natalie Gerber, SUNY Fredonia

"Just wanted to tell you what a great pleasure it was to participate in Writing the Rockies this year. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak and be part of the panel discussion. The participants were genuinely interested and that made it all the more fun. I would gladly do it again. —Matt Davis, Founding Editor and Publisher, Ghost Road Press, Denver