Poetry

Bhagat, Brook

Bhagat, Brook
Birth City: 
Colorado Springs
Birth State: 
CO
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Writer - English Faculty at PPCC
Biography: 

Brook Bhagat was born here in Colorado Springs. She went to high school in Woodland Park. After graduating from Vassar College in New York, she came back to work as a photojournalist for the Ute Pass Courier. She then went to India, where she met her husband, Gaurav. They began writing freelance articles together which were published in dozens of journals and magazines, including Ecoworld and Little India. Four years later, they returned to Colorado Springs, where they both currently work at Pikes Peak Community College--he teaches math and she teaches English, Poetry and Creative Writing. In 2013, they created Blue Planet Journal, which Brook edits and writes humor and nonfiction for. In 2016, Brook got her MFA from Lindenwood University in Creative Writing.

Her poetry and fiction have since appeared in Monkeybicycle, Empty Mirror Magazine, Harbinger Asylum, Lotus Eater Magazine, Rat's Ass Review, A Story in 100 Words, Anthem: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen, the local literary magazine Almagre Review, and many other journals and anthologies. She has hosted and read her work at PPCC and local readings as well.

Her first poetry collection, Only Flying, is due out Nov. 16, 2021 from Unsolicited Press; other current projects include a literary fantasy novel, a second poetry collection, and an early readers chapter book about two young children in rural India. See more at www.brook-bhagat.com or reach her on Twitter at @BrookBhagat.

Education/Training: 
MFA, Lindenwood University - BA, Vassar College
Organizations: 
Founder and current member of the Nearby Universe, a PPCC Creative Writers group for faculty and staff - Member of AWP
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
I can speak on the practical steps involved in becoming a writer, or what surrealist poetry and weird fiction is. I would love to connect this to reading my work and/ or having a Q & A near the release of my book in Nov. 2021. I teach college poetry writing and could do a workshop for teens/ adults on prose poetry, especially using a technique called "Going Cold," in which participants create a 100-word piece of prose poetry/ flash fiction. I could also do other kinds of poetry workshops as requested/needed.
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Sharp, Amie

Sharp, Amie
Birth City: 
Jackson
Birth State: 
TN
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Assistant Professor of English and Literature
Biography: 

Amie Sharp lives in Colorado Springs and is an assistant professor at Pikes Peak Community College. Her chapbook The Sabine Women won the Emergence Poetry Prize and was published by Red Dragonfly Press. Her writing has appeared in many literary journals including Atticus Review, Badlands, Bellevue Literary Review, BlazeVOX, New Plains Review, Tar River Poetry, and Valparaiso Poetry Journal.

Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net, was a finalist for the Lascaux Prize in Poetry, and has been performed at Bridgewater International Poetry Festival and Houston Poetry Fest. She spent the summer of 2018 as artist-in-residence at the Sabina Cultural Association in Casaprota, Italy.

Awards/Honors: 
Emergence Chapbook Series Poetry Prize for The Sabine Women, Red Dragonfly Press, March 2019
Finalist - The Lascaux Prize in Poetry, March 2019
Nomination - 2018 Best of the Net for "Train at Night in the Desert," Burningwood Literary Journal
Nomination - 2017 Pushcart Prize for "Taking Down the Tree," Tar River Poetry
Semifinalist - 2016 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Aware, Flare
Nomination - 2015 Best of the Net for "Garden Constellations," Lascaux Review
Anspaugh Creative Writing Award Spring 2003 - Univ. of South Florida English Department, Graduate Studies
Education/Training: 
MFA, Seattle Pacific University - MA English, University of South Florida
Organizations: 
Association of Writers and Writing Programs - Colorado Poets Center - Lighthouse Writers Workshop
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Poetry - Creative Writing - Literary Publishing
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Murphy, Joseph

Murphy, Joseph
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Retired
Biography: 

Joseph Murphy is a retired public relations executive who has lived in the Pikes Peak region for three years. During 28-year career, he focused on media relations, special event management and editing and writing. His poetry has appeared in a wide range of online and print journals. His second collection of poems, Having Lived (Kelsay Books), was published in 2018; his first collection, Crafting Wings (Scars Publications), in 2017. Shanti Arts is publishing a third collection, Shoreline of the Heart, in 2019.

Murphy is a member of the Colorado Authors’ League and for eight years (2010-2018) was poetry editor for an online literary publication, Halfway Down the Stairs.

Awards/Honors: 
Numerous awards during his career in the Navy and in the Federal Service
Awared the Eisner Prize, U.C. Berkeley's highest award in the arts, for writing
Education/Training: 
High School: Tabor Academy, Marion, Mass. BA: University of California, Berkeley. MS: Golden Gate University, San Francisco, Calif. Numerous professional courses through the Public Relations Society of America and other venues, such as the Maine Media Workshops.
Organizations: 
Colorado Authors' League - Denver Press Club - Pikes Peak Writers - Talking Gourds Poetry Club
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Poetry - Media Relations Training - Editing and Writing
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Alfieri, Jean

Birth City: 
Chicago
Birth State: 
IL
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Children's Poetry Author
Biography: 

Jean Alfieri is the author of short story rhymers starring an often mischievous and always adorable Pug named Zuggy. Her love of poetry started at the age of five when she read Noisy Nora by Rosemary Wells. Jean is a native of Chicago, and has always had a special fondness for dogs, no matter where she’s lived: Illinois, Indiana, Texas, Wisconsin, or Arizona.

She and her fur-family currently reside in Colorado Springs, where she volunteers at the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region. She and her husband are dedicated to adopting vintage puppies (aka: older dogs). RESCUED is her favorite breed!

Organizations: 
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) - American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) - Pikes Peak Writers (PPW)
Speaker Availability: 
No
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Weilert, Benjamin

Birth City: 
Fort Collins
Birth State: 
CO
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Missile Defense - Civil Service
Biography: 

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 readers. If you want stories that are surreptitiously educational, he’s your man.

He currently lives in Colorado Springs and his most recent book is Fourteener Father, a memoir of climbing all of Colorado's 14,000-foot mountains with his dad.

Education/Training: 
"Creative Fiction Writing" course at the Colorado School of Mines
Organizations: 
The Midnight Writers - National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), municipal liaison for the Colorado Springs region
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Self-publishing (writing, editing, formatting, cover design, etc.) - National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) - Submitting to short story anthologies

Richberger, Amber

Richberger, Amber
Birth City: 
Glendora
Birth State: 
CA
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Writer - Editor - Student
Biography: 

I am a poet, novelist, and editor living in Colorado Springs. I will graduate from UCCS with my Bachelor's in English in December 2018. In my free time, I enjoy writing, reading, critiquing films and television shows, and going to the occasional concert. I live with my husband and two sons.

Education/Training: 
I am currently attending UCCS to fulfill a Bachelor's Degree in English Literature.
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
I am willing to read/speak about my own writing, as well as discuss literature and the craft of writing.
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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

Cox, Jodi

Cox, Jodi
Birth City: 
Union City
Birth State: 
IN
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Author - Illustrator - Graphic Designer
Biography: 

Jodi Cox is an American dieselpunk author born on April 10, 1979 in Union City, Indiana. She graduated from Simon Kenton High School in 1997. Later she went on to graduate with a BFA from the College of Mount Saint Joseph, now known as the University of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio.

After college, Jodi started writing for Citybeat magazine. Later she went on to become a pioneer in internet graphics and website development. After spending nearly ten years writing for everything from tax websites to poetry, Jodi began developing the world of the Nether After, unbeknownst to her that steampunk and dieselpunk was turning into a literary genre.

Jodi enjoys all things speculative fiction, but has a pension for the weird and unusual. She describes herself as a comic book snob. She is often found with a stack of Japanese and American graphic novels in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other. She enjoys drawing and painting, as well as writing. Her hours not spent on writing are devoted to geeking out over new computer hardware, or the latest video games. She loves ripping into electronics to see how they work, as well as cooking and developing new recipes.

As a writer Jodi has been writing steampunk, dieselpunk, and fantasy of all types. She has even dipped her toe into science fiction.

Education/Training: 
BFA, Mt. St. Joseph University
Organizations: 
Pikes Peak Writers - Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers - Tesla Writers
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Dieselpunk - Steampunk - Self publishing - Book layout and design - Web comics - High fantasy world building - Fantasy & pop culture tropes and how not to use them - Minority heroes - Ghost stories for kids - Comics in the new digital age - Comics in the classroom - Pop culture fandom

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

Vought, Janna

Vought, Janna
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1973
Birth City: 
Colorado Springs
Birth State: 
CO
Current Location: 
Peyton, CO
Occupation(s): 
Writer
Biography: 

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 chronic mental and developmental illness.

Awards/Honors: 
AWP Intro Journals Project Nominee for poetry, 2013
"Moments of Snow" - nonfiction piece listed in Houghton Mifflin's Best American Essays 2013.
Education/Training: 
Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Lindenwood University - Bachelor of Arts in English, American Public University
Organizations: 
Pikes Peak Writers
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Creative writing - Poetry - Women's Issues - Victimization - Writing workshops
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