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Kingston, A.R.

Kingston, A.R.
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Author
Biography: 

A.R Kingston was born in Moscow, Russia. She immigrated to the United States in her childhood settling in a quaint town in Massachusetts. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and has spent time working with the mentally ill before turning to writing.

Kingston is both an avid gamer and seasoned traveler. Her passion is combining the legends and lore from around the world with the fantasy of games, creating a magical world similar to our own. She prefers to write stories which blend the genres of Fantasy, Horror, and Romance into a neat little package.

She currently resides in the Colorado Springs area of Colorado with her family, including two pot belly pigs.

Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Please contact author via author website for a list of speaker topics.

Kimbrell, Judith

Kimbrell, Judith
Birth City: 
Princeton
Birth State: 
NJ
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Photographer - Author
Biography: 

Judith has specialized in capturing breathtaking scenic and nature images for over 20 years. She shares her vast knowledge through private and group photo tours of Garden of the Gods as well as other Colorado locations. You can also join her for photographic seminars and workshops. Visit her website to view portfolio images, fine art prints and see free instructional videos at www.mothernaturephotography.com.

Judith says, "Showing up at a location and photographing nature by literally recording the moment is different from capturing nature as an artist feels it should be viewed; using light, weather, equipment, and an artistic interpretation to show Mother Nature’s beauty and power. Both methods are useful in photography, but each has a distinct time and place. My goal is always to make each image intentional, represent my artistic vision, and create a piece of art that will be loved for a lifetime.

I have spent the majority of my life in Colorado Springs, moving here as a child. I remember my joy while climbing on the rocks of Garden of the Gods early in my life. Though I moved to Michigan for ten years, Colorado always echoed in my heart. Now that I have returned to “The Springs,” I often frequent Garden of the Gods, spending much time hiking and photographing this breathtaking open space with my loving husband and children."

Education/Training: 
Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art, Hillsdale College - Addition studies in photography at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI - Staff Photographer for R.J. Michael's, Inc. (an advertising agency in Jackson, MI) - Studio Manager and Second Shooter for Don Jones Photography (a commercial photography studio in Colorado Springs, CO) - Twelve years as both an art and photography faculty member and head of the Professional Photography department at Pikes Peak Community College.
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
General landscape and nature photography tips and techniques - Best practices to learn and study photography, and start a photography business - Local landmarks and parks including: photography site favorite locations around the city and tips to make amazing photos in each place; the history of Garden of the Gods; issues pertaining to the preservation of the land and wildlife.

Bissett, Carina

Bissett, Carina
Birth City: 
Lincoln
Birth State: 
NE
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Educator and author
Biography: 

Carina Bissett spent her youth in Colorado Springs, and eventually returned after a decade-long stint writing about the Southwest. Carina is a writer, poet, and educator working primarily in the fields of dark fiction and interstitial art. Her short fiction and poetry has been published in multiple journals and anthologies including Hath No Fury, Gorgon: Stories of Emergence, Mythic Delirium, NonBinary Review, and the HWA Poetry Showcase Vol. V.

She teaches online workshops at The Storied Imaginarium and she is a graduate of the Creative Writing MFA program at Stonecoast. She also teaches at Pikes Peak Community College. She is a member of the Horror Writers Association and the Science Fiction Poetry Association. Her work has been nominated for several awards and she was the recipient of the 2016 HWA Scholarship.

Link to her work can be found on her website (http://carinabissett.com).

Awards/Honors: 
Silver Honorable Mention, Writers of the Future, 4th quarter 2018
"C8: A Tessellation of Faces, Wings, and other Obscure Things" NonBinary Review, Zoetic Press, July 2018 (Nominated for Best of the Net Award)
"The Sweet Sleep of Roses or, After the Fall" NonBinary Review #15, Zoetic Press, January 2018 (Nominated for the Pushcart Prize)
Honorable Mention, Writers of the Future, 4th quarter 2017
Honorable Mention, Writers of the Future, 2nd quarter 2017
"Swimming with the Shark Boys" Mythic Delirium, May 2016 (Honorable mention in "Best Horror of the Year" by Ellen Datlow
"The Yellow Press of an Ancient Power" NonBinary Review #5 The King in Yellow, Zoetic Press, June 2015 (Nominated for Sundress Best of the Net)
"Wild Girl" NonBinary Review, Zoetic Press, June 2014 (Nominated for Sundress Publications Best of the Net Award and Pushcart Prize)
Education/Training: 
MFA in Creative Writing candidate, University of Maine, 2018 - M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, 2011 - B.A. in Integrative Studies, Arizona State University, 1999 - A.A. in Humanities, Glendale Community College, 1998 - A.G.S. in General Studies, Glendale Community College, 1997
Organizations: 
Horror Writers Association - Science Fiction Poetry Association - Colorado Poets Center
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Speculative fiction - Creative non-fiction - Speculative poetry - Memoir - Other creative pursuits

Thomas, Roger

Thomas, Roger
Birth City: 
Oak Park
Birth State: 
IL
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Freelance Writer
Biography: 

Roger moved out to Colorado Springs from the Washington, DC, area, in 1994, and has been here ever since. The whole family grew up here and still live in the area. After a 30-year career in high tech, Roger decided to follow another passion- writing. After writing user manuals, training materials, and other writing assignments as a part of his regular IT duties, he launched his own career as a writer. As of 2018, he has five books published- two on bowling and three historical mysteries set in Laramie, Wyoming, in the 1880s. More mysteries are coming, and maybe a science fiction book or two.

Education/Training: 
BS in Political Science and History - MBA Project Management
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Any topic related to writing- the process, my experiences, freelance, indie, etc..
Local Authors Genres: 

Pilch, Fran

Birth City: 
West Point
Birth State: 
NY
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Professor of Political Science
Biography: 

Dr. Pilch was awarded her MA and PhD from Yale University in the field of International Relations. She joined the United States Air Force Academy faculty in 1998 and became Professor Emeritus in 2015. She participated in a Fulbright Hays to South Africa and a Fulbright to Mongolia in 2012 and in 2011 was named the Case Carnegie Colorado Professor of the Year. Her expertise is in human rights, international law, and genocide.

Awards/Honors: 
Fulbright Scholar
Case Carnegie Professor of the Year (Colorado), 2011
Professor Emeritus, United States Air Force Academy
Education/Training: 
MA & PhD, Yale University, International Relations - BA, University of Connecticut
Organizations: 
Zonta International World Affairs Council
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Cambodian Genocide - Genocide - Women in Conflict - International Relations - US Foreign Policy

Hawkins, Julie

Hawkins, Julie
Birth City: 
Sioux City, IA
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Writer
Biography: 

I have written a series and a nonfiction book about the Civil War. Most are award winners. My husband and I reside in Colorado Springs and have lived in Colorado most of our lives.

Awards/Honors: 
A Beautiful Glittering Lie - winner of 2014 John Esten Cooke Fiction Award, B.R.A.G. Medallion, and honorable mention at LA Book Festival
A Rebel Among Us - winner of 2017 John Esten Cooke Fiction Award
Education/Training: 
I have a degree in journalism and have worked as a writer and editor for numerous publications.
Organizations: 
Pikes Peak Writers - Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers - International Women's Writing Guild - United Daughters of the Confederacy (associate member)
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
My writing process, my books, the Civil War, personal experiences and how they influence my stories.

Cutting, Atwood

Cutting, Atwood
Birth City: 
Los Altos
Birth State: 
CA
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Author - Photographer - Publisher - Vocalist
Biography: 

This local author is both Kate Peters, (raised in California and Hawaii, a solo adventurer to Fairbanks, Alaska “to see a winter,” the pioneering wife and protagonist of Sleeping Moose Saga,) as well as Atwood Cutting, the fictionalized daughter and actual author of several books, including the historical fiction series about Alaska, and photo essay books designed "for areas of waiting."

After leaving Alaska, and living in the Midwest for a quarter century, Kate Peters came to the Pikes Peak region in 2012, to re-immerse herself in the arts, and wade in some streams. Since retiring and moving to Colorado Springs with Tim, her husband of 40+ years, Kate has pursued her goal of producing a tome worthy of space on public library shelves. As Atwood Cutting, she is achieving it.

Awards/Honors: 
Phi Beta Kappa, University of Hawaii, 1972
Phi Kappa Phi, University of Hawaii, 1967
Gold Medal Soloist, Hawaii Music Educators' Awards, 1966
Education/Training: 
Stanford Elementary School; Punahou School Academy; Univ. British Columbia; Univ. Hawaii, BA 1972 Performing arts (Phi Beta Kappa); Univ. Alaska Fairbanks, art and music; Trans-Alaska Pipeline Construction Camp Bullcook; Homesteader on Kenai Peninsula; Alaska Pacific Univ. MLA 1986 (cum laude) Liberal Arts, Museum Education, Aesthetic Expression.
Organizations: 
Writers' Group at Brookdale Skyline Senior Living - Concrete Couch community art outreach
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Geared for the general public, Kate is happy to share stories and answer questions about pioneering in "bush" Alaska before there were cellphones. Topics might include: off-road transportation, construction without electricity, life without running water, rural communications, wildflowers, and the "end-of-the-road" syndrome. Geared for high school teachers and librarians, she would also be pleased to discuss her "Bildungsroman" as a personal venture into Emerson's vision of self-reliance and Transcendentalism, the art of memoir, personifying the women's movement before there was a women's movement, and "seeing the elephant" of American pioneering lore.

Miller, Courtney

Miller, Courtney
Current Location: 
Westcliffe, CO
Occupation(s): 
Writer - Author
Biography: 

Courtney Miller is the multi-award winning author of the seven-book series The Cherokee Chronicles which has received widespread acclaim in the Native American Community for authenticity and has received five international awards so far.

Courtney has written over 200 articles for the online magazine Native American Antiquity. He is considered an expert on ancient Native American cultures.

His newest book series, The White Feather Mysteries, is carrying on his award-winning tradition; the manuscript for book two, It’s About Time, was the winner of the 2016 Extravaganza Draft to Dream Book Competition.

Courtney shifted careers from business management to writing in 2012 and now resides in the Wet Mountain Valley in Southern Colorado with his wife, Lin.

Awards/Honors: 
The First Raven Mocker - Beverly Hills Book Award, International Book Award, NIEA Book Award
Harley (unpublished) - Finalist, 2017 Draft to Dream Book Competition
It's About Time - Winner, 2016 Draft to Dream Book Competition
The Raven Mocker's Legacy - Book Excellence Award
Gihli, A Chief Named Dog (coming soon) - Finalist, 2015 Draft to Dream Book Competition
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
For topics, refer to: http://courtneymillerauthor.wixsite.com/courtney-miller/speaker
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Oswald, Nancy

Oswald, Nancy
Birth City: 
Denver
Birth State: 
CO
Current Location: 
Cotopaxi, CO
Occupation(s): 
Author - Writer
Biography: 

Nancy Oswald loves researching and writing historical fiction books for young readers. She has, however, written in a variety of genres including personal interest pieces, children’s plays, poetry, educational research, biography, and nonfiction articles. Oswald spent her growing up years in Denver but has lived as an adult in rural Colorado and the outback of British Columbia where she taught in a one and a two room school. She taught for 20 years in rural Colorado and is now retired.

Nancy currently lives with her husband and their dogs, cats, cows, chickens, and one nearly human donkey on a family ranch near Cotopaxi, Colorado.

Awards/Honors: 
2017 Western Writers of America Spur Award Winner - Trouble Returns
2017 Colorado Author's League Awards Winner - Trouble Returns
2015 Spur Award Winner - Edward Wynkoop: Soldier and Indian Agent
2015 Colorado Author's League and Will Rogers Medallion Finalist - Trouble on the Tracks ​
2014 Cipa Evvy Award Winner - Insects in the Field
2009 Third Place Evvy Winner - Hard Face Moon
Colorado Book Award Finalist, Spur Finalist, and CIPA Evvy winner - Rescue in Poverty Gulch
Willa Literary Award Winner, Spur Finalist, and Notable Book for a Global Society - Nothing Here but Stones
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Please visit Nancy's website at http://www.nancyoswald.com/services.html.

McCraw, Doris

Pseudonym: 
Angela Raines
Birth City: 
Carthage
Birth State: 
IL
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Author
Biography: 

Doris McCraw,writing fiction as Angela Raines, is an Author, Speaker, Historian specializing in
Colorado and Women's History. Born and raised in West Central Illinois, she grew up on history. She likes to say it's in her DNA.

After moving to Colorado, Doris spent many a day traveling the state, soaking up the history.
She has presented at three of the Pikes Peak Library District's History Symposia. She writes non-fiction and poetry under her own name and historical fiction under her pen name. Doris as also worked as an actor along with teaching the subject. In her spare time she has taught music, speech and writing workshops.

Speaker Availability: 
Yes

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