1. Van Vleet, Becky

    Becky Van Vleet is a retired teacher and principal and former homeschool mom. She and her husband make their home in Colorado Springs, where Becky enjoys gardening, oil painting and hiking and biking in the great outdoors. Becky relishes spending time with her family and especially reading books to her grandchildren.

  2. Vought, Janna

    Janna Vought is a poet, nonfiction, and fiction writer with more than 50 pieces published in various magazines and literary journals. She graduated from American Public University with a Bachelor's Degree in English and from Lindenwood University with an MFA in Creative Writing. She is an Association of Writing Professionals Intro Journals Project in Poetry nominee for 2013.

    Janna lives in Peyton, Colorado, is married and the mother of two daughters, the eldest of whom suffers from...

    Published Works:
    • "Bugs", "Games" (The Eagle Literary Magazine, 2012)
    • "Forgotten" (Imperfect Parent, 2012)
    • "Marbled Rose" (Tough Lit V, 2012)
    • "Dark Water" (Tough Lit VI, 2012)
    • "Paper Thin" (Tough Lit VII, 2012)
    • "Drowning" (Tough Lit IX, 2013)
    • "A Rendering" (Tough Lit X, 2013)
    • "Room 402", "Farewell Mon Amie", "A Writer's Recipe for Inclusion", "City of the Damned", "Still Life Reflected", "Little Girl", "We Bury Our Dead" (The Rusty Nail, 2013)
    • "The Razored Truth" (Bio Stories, 2012)
    • "Moment of Snow and Pain" (Essays for Hope: The Mommy Life Volume, 2012)
    • "Pieces Missing", "All that Remains", "The Illiterate Scholar", "Beauty in Darkness" (Linden Avenue Literary Review, 2013)
    • "Ivory Bones in My Closet" (Epiphany Magazine, 2013)
    • "Underneath the Apple Tree", "Knots Unwind", "For Kamryn", "Timekeeper", "Night Terrors", "Girl Missing", "Changeling", "Lady's Manifesto" (Circa Literary Review, 2013)
    • "Moments of Snow and Pain" (Under the Gum Tree Literary Magazine, 2013)
    • "White T-Shirt" (Spry Literary Journal, 2013)
    • "Tuesday Evening Survivor's Group" (The Survivor Anthology, 2013)
    • "Evolution of Cocoons", "High Seas", "Flipping the Switch", "A Bit of Hope" (Familiuis Publishing, 2013)
    • "Along the Ecliptic" (The Voices Project, 2013)
    • "Split in Two" (Literary Mama, 2013)
    • Welcome to the Dollhouse (A Full Length Poetry Collection)(Seeler Press, 2013)
    • Wicker Girl (A Full Length Poetry Collection)(Virgo Books, 2014)
    • "Fragments of my Rape", "Stained", "Aftershocks", "Drowning" (Lascaux Review, 2014)
    • "Wicker Girl" (The Rain, Party, and Disaster Society, 2014)
    • "Miss Lila Deeds" (Lime Hawk Literary Arts Collective, 2014)
    • The Motherhood Conspiracy (A Full Length Poetry Collection)(Virgo Books, 2014)
  3. Wagner, David P.

    David is a retired foreign service officer who lived in Italy for nine years.

  4. I have lived in Colorado Springs for the last seventeen years. I was born in Chicago, later moved to France (father in the military), returned and moved to Kansas before spending most of my time in Texas (San Antonio area). I have held myriad positions in my life. I like to undertake more than one thing at a time, thus I refer to myself as a #workquilter combining various avenues of income. These include:
    -Author of nonfiction and fiction.
    -Certified permaculture designer and...

  5. A writer, seminar leader, and former English professor, Durthy A. Washington has taught graduate, undergraduate, and adult education courses at several colleges and universities including The Colorado College, UCCS, and the US Air Force Academy.

    Durthy is the founder of LitUnlocked, which offers workshops and seminars dedicated to the art of mindful, culturally responsive reading. Each workshop centers on the LIST Paradigm, an innovative approach to critical reading that helps readers...

    Published Works:
    • Contributor, "Outsiders and Others: Revisiting Richard Wright's Underground Man" (Lexington Books, 2021)
    • "Sonny's Blues" in Encyclopedia of the Black Arts Movement (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2019)
    • "The Early Novels of Toni Morrison" in Encyclopedia of the Black Arts Movement (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2019)
    • Contributor, "Exploring the LIST Paradigm: Reading and Teaching Beloved" (Grey House Publishing, 2015)
    • "Third World Girl as Superhero in Junot Diaz's The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao" in The Image of the Hero in Literature, Media, and Society (Colorado State University, Pueblo, 2014)
    • "Teaching Ernest Gaines's A Lesson Before Dying" in Academic Exchange Quarterly (Summer, 2008)
    • Contributor, "Teaching Song of Solomon: Exploring the LIST Paradigm" (National Council of Teachers of English, 2007)
    • "Muhammad Ali", "Martin Luther King, Jr.", and "Malcolm X" in Dictionary of Literary Influences (Greenwood Press, 2004)
    • Cliffs Notes "Ralph Ellison's The Invisible Man" (IDG Books Worldwide, Inc., 2001)
    • Cliffs Notes "Harriet Jacob's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl" (IDG Books Worldwide, Inc., 2000)
    • Cliffs Notes "Ernest Gaines's A Lesson Before Dying" (Cliffs Notes, Inc., 1999)
    • Cliff Notes "Tony Morrison's Song of Solomon" (Cliffs Notes, Inc., 1999)
    • Contributor, "A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines: Rationales for Teaching Young Adult Literature" (Calendar Islands, 1999)
    • "Woman or Feminist?: Black Women and the Women's Movement" in The Urban Spectrum (Denver, CO, Mar. 1998)
    • "The Mystery of History: A Literary Perspective" in The Urban Spectrum (Denver, CO, March 1997)
    • "'Change the Joke...': On English and Ebonics" in The Urban Spectrum (Denver, CO, Feb. 1997)
    • "Criminal Injustice: The Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal" in The African American Voice (Colorado Springs, CO, Aug. 1995)
    • "Conquering Coping Fatigue" in Psych Discourse (Apr. 1995)
    • "The Colored Museum: An Existential Exhibit of the African-American Experience" in African American Voice (Colorado Springs, CO, Feb. 1994)
  6. 14er Climber, Rocket Scientist, Published Novelist, Movie Connoisseur, and Amateur Photographer, Benjamin M. Weilert was born in Colorado in 1985.

    While he went to school for Mechanical Engineering (eventually earning a Master’s Degree), he has found science to be interesting enough to write fiction about it. He likes to classify his novels as “science fantasy,” wherein the science is real and (semi) accurate, but portrayed in a fantasy setting to make it accessible to non scientific...

    Published Works:
  7. Wernly, Kathy and Bob

    Bob and Kathy Wernly write as a team under the penname of Kathy Clark for our adult romantic suspense novels and Bob Kat for our YA romance/mystery/time travel series (Timeshifters). We lived in Colorado since 1985 and in Colorado Springs for a year and a half. Several of our series are set in Colorado, including Denver Heroes, and an upcoming series set in Cripple Creek called Breathless. One of our YA novels (Forever Love) is a time travel ghost story set at...

  8. Wiatrowski, Claude

    Dr. Wiatrowski moved to the Pikes Peak area in 1975 and has spent the years since he relocated to Colorado photographing its historic sites and researching its rich history.

  9. Wickman, Susie

    Susie Wickman was born and raised in small town, Wishek, North Dakota. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. She lived outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for ten years before moving to Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1988. Susie went back for a Master’s Degree in Emergency and Disaster Management. She works as a speaker, genealogist, and background investigator. She is inspired to write books her grandchildren will enjoy.

  10. Willhoff, Jude

    I've lived in the Colorado Springs area for over 40 years in a downtown Victorian home. We had fun updating and remodeling our home while keeping it to the original standards. We love the people and the community of Colorado Springs. Working in real estate, I've gotten to know the area and can't say there's anywhere else I'd like to live.

    I work in real estate during the day and write in the evenings. I like to write stories that have a happy ever after so you'll find me on the...

  11. Williams, Andria

    Andria Williams is the author of The Longest Night (Random House, January 2016), a novel set among Army families in Idaho in the late 1950s. The Longest Night has received starred review from Kirkus and Booklist. It was chosen as Amazon's "Debut Novel of the Month" for Jan. 2016. Williams is a Winter 2016 Barnes & Noble "Discover Great New Authors" pick.

    She and her family recently moved to beautiful Colorado Springs, where her active-duty husband is stationed,...

  12. Williams, Gaylyn

    Gaylyn Williams is the director of Relationship Resources, Inc., a nonprofit corporation; a published author of twenty-four published books; a magazine writer with numerous published articles in various magazines; and an international speaker and seminar trainer for communication and people skills.

    Gaylyn inspires people to be all they can be spiritually, personally and relationally. She is a transparent and engaging author and speaker who creates an intimate rapport with her...

    Published Works:
    • The Wycliffe International Cookbook (Wycliffe Bible Translators, 1989)
    • Battlefield Strategies for Every Believer: A Biblical Guide to Spiritual Warfare (Relationship Resources, 2014)
    • Keys to Joy: How to Unlock God's Gift of Lasting Happiness (Relationship Resources, 2012)
    • The Surprising Joy of Exploring God's Heart: A Daily Adventure with 365 of His Names (Relationship Resources, 2011)
  13. Williams, Lana

    I Moved to Colorado in 1987.

  14. Williscroft, Robert G.

    Dr. Williscroft is a retired submariner, diver, scientist, businessman, adventurer, author. He spent 22 months underwater, a year in the equatorial Pacific, three years in the Arctic, a year at the Geographic South Pole. He has appeared on dozens of talk shows, the Michael Medved show, CNBC, and FOX News. He lives in Centennial, Colorado, with his family.

  15. Serving America in the US Air Force for 20+ years; spent 12+ years overseas (Korea and Germany) but now living/stationed in Colorado Springs. Interests include books (reading/writing - of course), travel, art, Asian languages, Asian food...my kids.

  16. Wright, Shelly

    As a young, vicious reader, Shelly Goodman Wright spent most of her time, either in the restricted reading section of the library, or scribbling away in journals. Shelly’s first novel A Light into the Darkness earned a Puddly Award in 2013 and in 2015 was nominated for Family Fiction's top ten books. In 2016, she completed and published her third novel in the Twisted Roots series and started teaching creative writing classes at High Country Home Educators. Currently she is...

  17. Yoder, Dorothy

    Dorothy has lived in Florida, Nebraska, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and New Zealand. She is a native Coloradoan and currently resides in Monument. She enjoys hiking the innumerable trails along the foothills and chooses local areas for the settings of her novels.

  18. Zalmanek, Mary

    Mary Zalmanek is an award-winning author dedicated to helping others ignite sparks in their relationships. In 1997 she founded Adventures of the Heart to help people in love have new “best ever” days, year after year. In The Art of the Spark: 12 Habits to Inspire Romantic Adventures, Mary gives practical tips couples and singles can use immediately to add more fun and romance to their lives. Her ideas work in new relationships and those that are measured in decades.

    Mary and her...

    Published Works:
    • The Art of the Spark: 12 Habits to Inspire Romantic Adventures (Many Pearls Press, 2006)
    • Monthly relationship articles for Affluent magazine, February 2006 to February 2008 (published by Polo Media Group)
    • 50+ travel and lifestyle articles in Motorhome magazine since 2007 (published by GS Media and Events)
    • 2 travel articles in Trailer Life magazine since 2013 (published by GS Media and Events)
    • 2 lifestyle articles in ME magazine (The Menopause the Musical magazine) in 2008 (published by TOC Publishing)

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