Biography/Memoir

Baldwin, Linsey

Birth City: 
Springfield
Birth State: 
MA
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Legal Assistant
Biography: 

Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, Linsey Baldwin is the third child and second daughter in a military family. Linsey and her husband Tom traveled for many years, finally settling down in southern Colorado in 2000. Linsey and Tom have three grown children and one grandchild.

In her debut novel, Mom's Summer, Linsey provides a fresh, heartwarming perspective to handling the illness and loss of a dear loved one.

Speaker Availability: 
No

Podunovich, Maggie

Podunovich, Maggie
Birth City: 
Minneapolis
Birth State: 
MN
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Former flight attendant - Self employed New Tech Medical
Biography: 

We have been in Colorado Springs since 2005, moving here from Castle Rock. I have lived in Colorado since 1967. I flew for the original Frontier Airlines for seventeen years when a back injury and subsequent surgery would not allow me to return to my flying duties. I still miss it.

My husband Bob and I started New Tech Medical in 1982. We are independent manufacturers Reps in medical sales. At one time we covered nine western states but now Bob is semi-retired and covers Colorado Springs and surrounding areas. I am currently working hard at selling my book.

In the late 1980s I found out that my aunt had saved a series of letters written to her by my father. They dated from 1945 to 1953 when he died. I was only six years old when he passed away so reading his letters gave me the opportunity of knowing just who this amazing man was. I was greatly encouraged by my sister to write a book based on these letters. It took me over 20 years to finish it and I think that the ending is just as it
was meant to be. The title is I've Been Only a Shadow." One of his letters says, "I've been only a shadow in the lives of so many people." The book was published in late 2015. I have been traveling to the cities where most of the story happened and am now concentrating on Colorado. I'm doing a spot on the radio
June 27th and am currently contacting TV stations about doing a short piece. I am passionate about his story. Had he lived, he would have told the story himself. I am very proud to be the one to share it. Thank you.

Education/Training: 
University of Utah - Arapahoe Community College - Judge Memorial Catholic High School, Salt Lake City, Utah
Organizations: 
Castle Rock Writers Group - Pikes Peak Writers - Pikes Peak Writers Conferences
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Orphanages, child abuse, surviving extremely difficult situations and the ability to keep a good Irish (or whatever) sense of humor. The importance of family. How one woman raised four children by herself in the 1940s. The power of believing in yourself and giving yourself permission to do great things. And, of course, flying... it's the best job on earth!

Steven Bivens

Steven Bivens
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1956
Birth City: 
Decatur
Birth State: 
IL
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Self-employed
Biography: 

At the age of 12 my family and I visited my brother while he was stationed at Ft. Carson. It was the first time that I ever saw mountains and in my young mind I told myself that one day I would live by these mountains. It is now over 45 years later and I am. But I encountered lifetime of experiences before fulfilling my childhood dream.

I am from the Midwest, a flatlander. I have been a probation officer, an explosive detection trainer, a trainer
for an inmate telephone company, a research analyst, and an instructor at a college here in Colorado Springs. I have travelled the world, dined at the 125 year old mansion of the former Chicago Bears' owner George Halas, and waded in the Bohol Sea. I have experienced a number of tragedies - I survived a haunting divorce, endured a 35 year ordeal which started with my father getting shot and killed when I was 22 years old, and there are many others.

But I have always fought back - with the help of my magnetic Colorado mountains I have come full circle - and now, I am living once more.

Education/Training: 
Bachelor of Arts, Illinois State University
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Criminal justice - Writing - Motivational - Travel - Numismatics - Job searching

Anderson, John

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

John Wesley Anderson, El Paso County Sheriff 1995-2003 (retired) has lived in the Pikes Peak Region since 1956 and grew up in the shadow of Pikes Peak on a ranch in eastern El Paso County where he loved riding horses and collecting arrowheads. John enjoyed a thirty year law enforcement career, including twenty-two years with the Colorado Springs Police Department and two four year terms as Sheriff for El Paso County.

Much of John’s law enforcement experience was spent as a homicide detective and teaching criminal investigations and forensic science. He is a graduate of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar and earned an MBA from Regis University. After becoming term-limited as Sheriff, John retired from public service and was hired by Lockheed Martin, one of the world’s largest defense contractors. John is recognized as an expert in Crime Scene Investigation (CSI), Homeland Defense, Homeland Security and Corporate Security. He had many assignments across the country and around world to include several trips to the Horn of Africa (Djibouti) and the United Arab Emeritus (Abu Dhabi and Dubai).

John retired from Lockheed Martin on Columbus Day (October 12th) 2012, to launch a consulting business, JW Anderson and Associates, Ltd. and pursue his passion for history, art and writing. John resides in Northern El Paso County, Colorado, with his wife Brenda, their daughter Laynie, a rescue cat named Jay Catsby and black lab named Mango Moose of Gleneagle. John is currently researching and writing several books, including a historical fiction novel and a science fiction novel.

Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Ute Indian Prayer Trees of the Pikes Peak Region -- Ute Indian Prayer Trees are a unique variety of Culturally Modified Trees (CMT) that were skillfully cultivated by the Ute Indians throughout much of Colorado. The Ute began modifying trees for navigational, medicinal, nutritional, educational, burial or spiritual purposes, hundreds of years ago. Many Ute Prayer Trees can still be found today and some are believed to have been cultivated between 150-450 years ago. The Ute do not have a traditional migration story, so it remains somewhat of a mystery where they may have come from or when they arrived in what they know as the Shining Mountains, but according to the Ute oral history their Creation Story says they were placed here at the beginning of time by Senawahv, the Creator. The Ute Elders claim they were the original inhabitants of the Pikes Peak Region and have had a continuous presence for perhaps 14,000 years in what is today Colorado, with 2 Reservations still in existence in the Four Corners area (Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute Reservations). Pikes Peak, a mountain known as Tava to the Ute, was the most sacred of all the Shining Mountains for their oral history teaches them that the Creator has the day start there first and each day is a gift from the Creator. The Ute like many other Native Americans, believe all things in life, including trees, have a spirit and many of the UPTs discovered in El Paso, Teller and Custer Counties, point towards Tava (Pikes Peak) and other sacred places of the Ute people.

Ricketts, Angela

Ricketts, Angela
Biography: 

Angela Ricketts is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir No Man's War: Irreverent Confessions of an Infantry Wife, which offers a rare behind-the-scenes look at the tight-knit, sometimes insular community of military families and the sacrifices and hardships they endure. No Man’s War, published by Counterpoint Press, has been lauded in the pages of the Los Angeles Times, the New York Post, and numerous other publications, and Angela appeared as a guest on NPR's “Fresh Air” and “Fox and Friends.”

She earned an undergraduate degree from Indiana University and a master's degree in Social Psychology and Human Relations while living in Europe. She writes about women's issues and is a frequent university lecturer. Angela lives in Colorado Springs with her husband, their three fiercely independent children and beloved pets.

Education/Training: 
Master or Arts degree in Social Psychology and Human Relations - Bachelor of Arts degree, Indiana University
Local Authors Genres: 

Blake, Anna

Blake, Anna
Birth City: 
Cavalier County
Birth State: 
ND
Current Location: 
Colorado
Biography: 

Anna Blake was born in Cavalier County, North Dakota, in 1954. She is a writer, dressage trainer, and horse advocate. Her books include Stable Relation, a Memoir of One Woman’s Spirited Journey Home, by Way of the Barn and Relaxed & Forward: Relationship Advice from Your Horse. Her newest book, released in 2016, is called Barn Dance: Nickers, Brays, Bleats, Howls and Quacks: Tales from the Herd.

Blake resides at Infinity Farm on the flat, windy, treeless prairie of Colorado, where the herd includes horses, llamas, goats, dogs, cats, ducks, and everyone's moral compass, Edgar Rice Burro.

Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Local Authors Genres: 

Turner, Gloria

Turner, Gloria
Birth City: 
Neosho
Birth State: 
MO
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Phone (Public): 
(831) 239-4628
Occupation(s): 
Library clerk - Artist - Writer
Biography: 

My family moved to Colorado Springs in 1961, so I have lived here most of my life. When married, I lived in Germany, Sterling, and Denver for 13 years before moving back to the Springs. My two children are now adults, my daughter is 36, my son 32.
I have retired after working at Penrose Library for 19 years.

I had been working on a particular book for 10 years and it was published on November 10th, 2015. It is mostly illustrations with text, akin to an art journal. I enjoy art, especially drawing, collage, mixed media, and painting.

Education/Training: 
Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts, MSC & UCD.
Speaker Availability: 
No
Local Authors Genres: 

Beasley, Elizabeth An

Beasley, Elizabeth
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1968
Birth City: 
Sacramento
Birth State: 
CA
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Author - Public Speaker - Professional Singer
Biography: 

Living in the Colorado mountains serves as Elizabeth's inspiration for writing poetry and other inspirational works. She has been writing, speaking, singing, and inspiring people since the age of 8. She is now raising her grandson due to drug addiction and her daughter, and speaks out as often as possible encouraging all to "Not even try it one time!". Her heart's desire is to impact young and old alike to be their very best.

The Pikes Peak Library District shows such total support for local writers that Elizabeth is inspired to reach out and touch those in the district whose lives have been altered by drug abuse or any other factors, and who are in need of encouragement. Elizabeth can be reached for speaking engagements at church groups, schools, or social groups by calling (303) 745-0430, or email her at abalancedsole@live.com

Education/Training: 
Denver University - Certified Reflexologist - Minister of Peace
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Unlocking your creativity - Turning trauma into triumph - Grandparents raising grandchildren - Supporting second-time parents - War on Drugs: In the Trenches with our Young People

Clibon, Esther

Clibon, Esther
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1921 (-2009)
Biography: 

Esther Clibon was a Colorado native, born in a sod house on her father's homestead in Eastern Colorado.

Her obituary which appeared in The Gazette is available with the following link: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/gazette/obituary.aspx?n=esther-e-clibon...

Speaker Availability: 
No

Lamirand, Jessica

Lamirand, Jessica
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1976
Birth City: 
Dallas
Birth State: 
TX
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Author - Photographer - Arts Educator
Biography: 

As a writer, photographer, artist, and arts educator, Jessica Lamirand strives to share her world through images and words. In Exhuming Mary McCarthy, her debut memoir tells the story of her years at Colorado College in the mid-1990s as Jessica and her six friends struggle to find themselves amid the pressures and joys of young adulthood. It was released in March 2015 in paperback and ebook formats through Ambient Light Publishers.

Jessica has lived in the Pikes Peak region for over thirty years, and her family has been here for three generations.

Education/Training: 
Master of Arts in Art, Literature, Culture, University of Denver - Master of Arts in Elementary Education, Colorado College - Bachelor of Arts in Art History, Colorado College
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Writing a memoir - Writing as healing - Creative process - Writing my memoir
Local Authors Genres: 

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