Poetry

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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Ciletti, James

Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1943
Birth City: 
Washington
Birth State: 
PA
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Author and Bookseller
Biography: 

In 1956 we took a long journey from Washington, Pennsylvania to Colorado, to visit my brother at Lowry Air Base in Denver. We visited Colorado Springs and I fell in love with the area and Colorado. By 1969 I was teaching in Denver, and by 1981 a resident of Woodland Park, and in 1991 moved down to Colorado Springs. During some of those journey's I was a writer in Portland, Oregon, a volunteer fireman and EMT in Idledale, Colorado, and in the 1980s had my own film and video production company, Omega Films, here in the Pikes Peak region. In 1991, after moving down from Woodland Park to Colorado Springs, I ended my career as a filmmaker, wrote my novel, and started Aamstar Bookshop.

In 1997 I married Mary Francis, and moved my bookstore into her shop at Hooked on Books. Together we have five children and five grandchildren and continue our love for family, books, and art. I love all things Italian, including, gardening, cooking and wine making. I give numerous poetry readings and performances, and volunteer teach creative writing in Colorado prisons.

Awards/Honors: 
Orme School in Mayer, Arizona - Ciletti has been the teaching poet at the Orme School Fine Arts Festival for 42 years
Colorado Historical Society, Caroline Bancroft Prize, First Place for the poem "Bear Dance"
Pikes Peak Poet Laureate, 2010-2012
2007 - Nominated for a Pushcart poetry prize
2004 - First Prize, Literal Latte award $500, for the poem "Getting the Newspaper from the Lawn"
2003 - First Prize, Columbine Poetry Awards, for the poem "Grandmother's Bread Song"
2003 - Poet of the Year by the Pikes Peak Arts Council Awards
2002 - Ciletti was awarded a Frank Waters Fellowship for the month of October in Taos, New Mexico, to work on his novel, "Leaves of Glass"
Education/Training: 
Master's Degree in English from Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College, 1969 - Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy from Loyola University in Chicago, 1967
Organizations: 
Rocky Mountain Antiquarian Booksellers Association - Poetry West - Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Committee - Arts Business and Education Consortium (ABE)
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
I give poetry readings and performances - Teach and mentor writing workshops: poetry, fiction, memoirs, screenplays - Talk on "Fire on the Falcon's Wings -- Sparking the Creative Passions"
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Huxman, Karin

Huxman, Karin
Pseudonym: 
K.D. Huxman (for children)
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Freelance writer, freelance editor, poet
Biography: 

K.D. Huxman’s first love, after reading, was space. She wanted to be the first veterinarian astronaut. In college she studied biology and was in Air Force ROTC. After college she became an Air Force officer. But rocketing to the stars was not to be. She married a fellow Air Force officer and settled into raising a family. But she never forgot her love of books or science. Many of her books have a science fiction or fantasy element. K.D. went on to earn an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Norwich University. Her first picture book is Dragon Talk. Her second picture book, Grizzelda Gorilla won an EPPIE for Best Children’s/YA Ebook. Both picture books are from Dragonfly Publishing. She writes nonfiction for children at Apprentice Shop Books. After travelling around the country with the Air Force, K.D. settled in Colorado. On a clear night she enjoys looking up at the stars, dreaming, and writing.

Awards/Honors: 
2019 - IBPA Benjamin Franklin award - Gold medal for "The Colorado Coal Field War"
Nominated for RWA Golden Heart Award; Various awards for the Paul Gillette Memorial Writing Contest
Education/Training: 
M.F.A. Writing for Children, Vermont College/Norwich University - Bachelor of Science in Biology, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Organizations: 
Pikes Peak Romance Writers - Romance Writers of America - Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators - Electronically Published Internet Connection
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Writing romance novels, novellas, poetry, for magazines, for children, electronic publishing. I love to talk about writing and the business of writing. Please contact me with an idea and I will see what I can put together for you.

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