Religion/Spirituality

Tracy, David

David Tracy
Birth Year (-Died Year)
1955
Birth City
Denver
Birth State
CO
Current Location
Westminster, CO
Phone (Public)
(303) 439-8787
Occupation(s)
Retired
Biography

David Tracy was born and raised in Denver. He was a Division I athlete at Colorado State University where he graduated in 1977. Upon graduation, he began his career in the publishing industry. He worked for the Denver Catholic Register, The Rocky Mountain News, Boulder Daily Camera, and The Denver Post. He retired early in 2006 before he started his own media company, fueled by his US Patent on a media indicia delivery system. His company and patent was sold in 2014 before his final, official retirement. During COVID isolation, David began work on his first book which was published in November of 2021.

Awards/Honors
NCAA Division I athlete
US Patent # 6990352, awarded January 24, 2006
April 25, 2019 - Became proud Grandfather to Owen and Wyatt Hale!
Education/Training
BA - Colorado State University - 1977
Local Authors Genres
Organizations
Member of Holy Family Catholic Community, Denver.
Speaker Availability
Yes

McKamie, Rebekah

McKamie, Rebekah
Birth City
Colorado Springs
Birth State
CO
Current Location
Calhan, CO
Occupation(s)
Christian Author
Biography

Rebekah Tyne McKamie is a Christian Author residing in Calhan, Colorado. She has lived in Colorado her entire life, only leaving the Colorado Springs area for three years to attend Adams State College (University) in Alamosa. Rebekah has been gathering up truth and adapting it into books for over a decade. In February 2020, she launched Settings Christian Publishing, LLC, with the hope of making books more beautiful and inserting more Biblical truth into Christian literature. She believes: “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” Proverbs 25:11 Mrs. McKamie is a Youth Pastor’s wife and homeschool mother of three. She sings on the worship team and ministers to the youth of her community through her church, Rocky Mountain Calvary – Ellicott Campus. Above all, she is thankful to serve a loving, gracious God.

Education/Training
Bachelor of Arts in Music, Adams State University (2007)
Published Works Book Jackets
Speaker Availability
No

Baxter, William Edwin

Baxter, William Edwin
Birth City
Fullerton
Birth State
CA
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Civilian Contract Worker at Ft. Carson (Service Source Inc. hires people with disabilities to work as contract workers)
Biography

William Edwin Baxter was born on October 11, 1954 in Fullerton, California. He was born with developmental disabilities, but has strive not to let his disabilities defeat him in life, but to go above and beyond them by accomplishing great things and inspiring others to do the same. This became his legacy. He lived most of his life in Orange County, California; but currently lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado. On July 9, 2016, William suffered a massive pulmonary embolism which almost ended his life, but he survived. Had he died in the E.R. at Memorial Hospital, his legacy would have died with him. Realizing this, he began to write his first book, entitled W.E.B. Tales (W.E.B. is his initial name for William Edwin Baxter). The book was published as an e-book in May 2018, and as a paperback in July 2018. Other books have been published since W.E.B. Tales which can be found on my author page on amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/William-Edwin-Baxter/e/B07GC44FVR

Awards/Honors
President's Team Award for Service Excellence - from Service Source Inc., August 2015
Employee of the Year Award - from Service Source Inc., in August 2018
Distinguished Toastmaster Award - Highest award from Toastmasters International, February 1996
Education/Training
B.S. Degree, Recreation, California State University, East Bay, 1979 - A.A. Degree, Liberal Arts, Ohlone College, 1977 -Thomas S. Wootton High School, Rockville, MD, 1974
Published Works Book Jackets
Organizations
Member of Toastmasters International since November 1990
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
I would like to talk about "Going Above and Beyond" disabilities and other obstacles which can stand in the way of working towards one's goals and achieving them (as chronicled in my keynote speech: https://webblog305448100.wordpress.com/2020/02/05/w-e-b-keynote-address/)

Horval, Andrew

Horval, Andrew
Birth City
Cleveland
Birth State
OH
Current Location
Fountain, CO
Occupation(s)
U.S. Army, retired
Biography

Andrew served in the United States Army for 22 years and is a retired Master Sergeant. Upon retirement, Andrew and his family chose to reside in the Pikes Peak region to continue their Christian service within the military and veteran community.

Published Works Book Jackets
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Christian/Biblical

Jadusingh, Laul

Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Author - Translator
Biography

A resident of Colorado Springs since 7/2015. Active writer and translator. Have held three book-signings at Bookman bookstore on Colorado Avenue since October 2017.

Education/Training
Harvard University, 1972-1976, Sanskrit and Indian Studies/Buddhist Studies; U.C.Berkeley, 1987-1989, Buddhist Studies
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Buddhism - Yoga Philosophy - Comparative Philosophy (East-West) - Comparative Religions - Indian Philosophies/Religions - Buddhism and Science - Tantra: Buddhist and Hindu

Holland, Jamarr

Birth Year (-Died Year)
1978
Birth City
Harrisburgh
Birth State
PA
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Production Specialist
Biography

Jamarr Holland is a new author who lives in Colorado Springs. As a teenager, he became interested in writing poetry after viewing the 1989 film Dead Poets Society. He has a wide range of interests, which includes pseudoscience, different belief systems, current events and everything in between. He is also a huge X-files fan and comic book geek.

Education/Training
Associate Degree in Biblical Studies
Local Authors Genres
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
My Book - Super Heroes - Religion

Riley, Gina

Riley, Gina
Birth City
Detroit
Birth State
MI
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Former librarian and teacher - Cherokee Two-Spirit Shaman
Biography

I was still living as a man when I moved to in the year 2000. Having been outed as transgender, and fired at the Prep-School where I had been working, I was recruited at the National Librarians' Conference to be the Coordinator of Information and Technology at Mitchell High School, where I was again outed and fired. In 2007, after being outed and fired at CollegeAmerica, I transitioned to living full time as a woman. My storytelling-performances in The Story Project in Colorado Springs and for The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers are viewable on YouTube. I also sing karaoke and do an occasional standup open-mike.

Awards/Honors
First Place - Bowling This Month, Amateur Bowling Writers Contest
First Place - Best Creative Non-Fiction 2013, Loyola Maryland University Literary EZine
Education/Training
Master's Degree in Library Science - Bachelor's Degree in English, Wayne State University, Michigan
Published Works Book Jackets
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Storytelling - Transgender - Theory of Mind - Education

Bowersox, Jodi

Bowersox, Jodi
Pseudonym
J. B. Stockings
Birth City
Franklin
Birth State
NE
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Author - Artist - Seamstress
Biography

Jodi Bowersox has never liked being put in a box. Over the course of her life, she has been an actress, seamstress, designer, business owner, homeschool teacher, kid's choir director, and artist, so it's only natural that her writing would take on an eclectic flare as well.

Her romance novels span genres from faith fiction to suspense to time travel to sci fi with small town and big city settings. Several have won awards from the Colorado Book Awards, the Colorado Authors League, and the Colorado Independent Publishers Association. She has also been named a finalist in the American Fiction Awards and the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Awards.

In addition to novels, she has children's picture books to her credit under the name J.B. Stockings that include her new series of books for birth to three that she calls Sing-a-Story books.

As an award-winning watercolor artist, Jodi specializes in pet portraits and has illustrated a couple of her children’s books herself. A Tale of Two Kitties and Cats feature some of her favorite pets. You can read more about Jodi’s writing and other creative endeavors, as well as read samples of her books, at jodibowersox.com.

Jodi lives in the heart of Colorado Springs with her husband and too many cats where they never get tired of looking at the mountain views.

Education/Training
B.A. in Theater from Sterling College, Sterling KS
Published Works Book Jackets
Organizations
Member of the Colorado Authors League
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
The Writing Process - The Editing Process

Graham, Ronnie Lee

Graham, Ronnie Lee
Birth City
Benton
Birth State
MO
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Writer, runner, hiker, traveler, adventurer and volunteer
Biography

Growing up in a farming community alongside the Missippi river filled me with a sense of adventure. I would look at maps to see where that ever-moving brown water may carry me. I traced the route downstream and pictured the people I might meet. In my mind, I took that trip a hundred times. In the library, when I discovered Mark Twain, I took that trip along with Huck and Tom. Today, viewing Pikes Peak through the window near my writing desk, I consider how wonderful God's creation is and renew that feeling.

Published Works Book Jackets
Organizations
American Christian Fiction Writers
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Grief - Motivational Topics - Experiences as a Writer

Anderson, John

John Anderson
Current Location
El Paso County, CO
Occupation(s)
Retired El Paso County sheriff - Historian and writer
Biography

John Wesley Anderson, MBA, is a published author, storyteller, and TEDx speaker. He enjoyed a 30-year law enforcement career, retiring at the rank of sergeant after 22 years with the Colorado Springs Police Department, followed by 8 years serving as the elected sheriff for El Paso County, Colorado. After being term-limited as Sheriff, John retired from public safety and was employed in homeland and corporate security for ten years in the private sector. He retired from the Lockheed Martin Corporation in 2012 to launch a consulting business allowing him the freedom to pursue his love of history, writing and the arts. In 2022 John was honored to receive the Golden Quill Award from the Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District. Although John has traveled around the world, including several adventures on a catamaran sailing the Caribbean, three corporate security assignments into a combat zone on the Horn of Africa and landing on an aircraft carrier at sea in the Pacific Ocean, he remains most fascinated by the rich history and art discovered in his own backyard in the American Southwest.

Awards/Honors
2022 Golden Quill Award (Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District)
Published Works Book Jackets
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
John is available to give presentations on his books or short talks for book clubs (either virtually or in-person).