Poetry

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.

Hayna, Lois

Pseudonym: 
Lois Beebe Hayna
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1913-2017
Birth City: 
Viola
Birth State: 
ID
Biography: 

I have been a resident of Colorado Springs since 1982.

Awards/Honors: 
Colorado Springs Poet Laureate - 2010
"Brief Eden" (poem) appeared in American Life Poetry - 2010
Appear in the Directory of American Poets and Fiction Writers
Many awards for poetry in national competitions
Second place, National Competition for Bicentennial Poem
Colorado Literary Fellowship Grant - 1984
Education/Training: 
Honorary Doctorate (LID) from Regis University - University of Wisconsin at Madison - Many workshops and special courses with creative writers
Organizations: 
Poetry Society of America - Herb Society of America - American Academy of Poets - Poetry West Board - NFSPS - Colorado Author's League
Speaker Availability: 
No
Speaker Topics: 
Poetry - Writing - Herbs - Cooking
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Bassein, Beth Ann

Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1925
Birth City: 
Kansas City
Birth State: 
MO
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs
Occupation(s): 
Professor of English, University of Southern Colorado, 1966-1991
Biography: 

Mother of two daughters. Docent Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center for 10 years. Docent at Fountain Creek Nature Center and Bear Creek Nature Center from 1991 to the present. Author of five prose books and a good deal of poetry.

Education/Training: 
Ph.D., University of Missouri, 1961
Organizations: 
Wyckoff House and Association - Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center - Fountain Creek Nature Center - Women's Educational Society, Colorado College
Speaker Availability: 
No
Local Authors Genres: 

Randall, Jessy

Randall, Jessy
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1969
Birth City: 
Hornell
Birth State: 
NY
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs CO
Occupation(s): 
Librarian
Biography: 

Jessy Randall is the Curator of Special Collections at Colorado College, a position she has held since 2001. She publishes regularly in literary magazines, is the author of several books, and occasionally guest-edits the online poetry journal Snakeskin.

Awards/Honors: 
A Poem from Injecting Dreams into Cows was chosen to adorn a street-cleansing truck in Australia as part of the Sydney Writers Festival
Colorado Book Award finalist, 2007
Denise Pomeraning Memorial Enrichment Grant, 2011
Pikes Peak Arts Council micro-grant, 2009 and 2011
Nominated by various editors for the Best of the Net, Best American Non-Required Reading, and Best Creative Non-Fiction anthologies along with prizes including the Pushcart and the Rhylsing
Education/Training: 
Master's in Library Science, UNC-Chapel Hill, 1994 - AB, Columbia University, 1992
Organizations: 
AWP - ALA
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Poetry - digital literature - Helen Hunt Jackson's novel Ramona - language and slang (including etymologies of Harry Potter spell words) - library shenanigans
Local Authors Genres: 

Dinkel, Janice

Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Biography: 

I have always loved Colorado and moved here in 2007. My books reflect my love of the natural beauty and wonderful people who reside here.

Education/Training: 
Master of Arts, Elementary Education - training in writers' groups and conferences, such as national and regional writer's conferences
Organizations: 
Springs Writers
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
I am available to speak on domestic violence, overcoming fear, life skills, spirituality, parenting, and many other subjects.

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