Regional History

Carter Close, Alli

Carter Close, Alli
Birth City
Johnson City
Birth State
NY
Current Location
El Paso County, CO
Occupation(s)
Freelance journalist and author
Biography

Alli Carter Close is a freelance journalist who lives in the shadow of Pikes Peak. She lives with her husband, two children and four dogs.

Awards/Honors
2021 Silver award for Western historical fiction from the Historical Fiction Company
Published Works Book Jackets
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Struggling Towards Hope: A Novel
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
The history of the Ute in Colorado

Teale, Tamara

Birth City
San Diego
Birth State
CA
Current Location
Pueblo, CO
Occupation(s)
Scholar and Writer
Biography

Long time resident of Colorado Springs until 2018. Graduate William J. Palmer High School. Numerous instructor positions teaching English Rhetoric and Composition at CU-Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak Community College, and CSU-Pueblo. Have taught British Literature 18th- to 20th-century, American literatures including Latino/Latina, Chicano/Chicana, Native American, and African American, and Introduction to Humanities.

Awards/Honors
Frank Waters Foundation, writing/research residency, Arroyo Seco, New Mexico, August 2004.
Helene Wurlitzer Foundation writing/research residency, Taos, New Mexico, July-August 2003.
Education/Training
Ph.D., “Comparative Literature,” Department of Comparative Studies, State University of New York at Stony Brook; full residency. Dissertation: “The Liberty-Genocide Paradox: American Indians in European and American Travel Writing, 1795-1991.” Degree awarded: 1996. -- M.A., “The Sociology of Literature,” Department of Literature, University of Essex, Colchester, England; full residency. Thesis: “The Concrete Human Subject,” on Georg Lukács’s concept of world history and heroism in American novels. Degree awarded: 1991. -- B.A., “English,” The University of Colorado, Colorado Springs; full residency. Includes Junior Year Abroad at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, England. Degree awarded: 1988.
Organizations
The Rocky Mountain chapter of the Modern Language Association (meets in various locations from Albuquerque, NM, to Boulder, Colorado).
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
The Reverend Charles Kingsley (1819-1875), Canon of Westminster Abbey, visited Colorado Springs in the summer of 1874 with his daughter, Rose Georgina Kingsley. He was a Broad Church Anglican who promoted medical science, trade's unions, and individual improvement. He knew Palmer's English business partner, William A. Bell, when Bell was a student, and Kingsley gave history lectures at Cambridge University (1860 to 1869).

Rose Kingsley was the first to write about the infant town, Colorado Springs, in her book "South by West" (1874).

William A. Bell and William Henry Blackmore were General Palmer's English financial advisors. Bell was a graduate of Trinity Hall, Cambridge University; in contrast, Blackmore was the talented son of a highly successful tradesman from Salisbury, England.

Washington, Durthy A.

Pseudonym
JoRayma C
Birth City
Nuernberg, Germany
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Writer - Journalist - English professor - Seminar leader
Biography

A writer, seminar leader, and former English professor, Durthy A. Washington has taught graduate, undergraduate, and adult education courses at several colleges and universities including The Colorado College, UCCS, and the US Air Force Academy. Durthy is the founder of LitUnlocked, which offers workshops and seminars dedicated to the art of mindful, culturally responsive reading. Each workshop centers on the LIST Paradigm, an innovative approach to critical reading that helps readers unlock the power of literature with four keys to culture: Language, Identity, Space, and Time.

Awards/Honors
English Language Specialist, St. Petersburg University, Russia (Feb.-Apr. 2015)
Cadet Escort, Olmsted Cultural Immersion Trip, Ghana, West Africa (2010)
Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program, Senegal, West Africa (2009)
NYU Faculty Research Network Seminars (2003, 2005, 2006, 2008)
Hurston-Wright Fouundation Writer's Workshop, Howard University, Washington, D.C. (July 2004)
U.S. Air Force Academy Outstanding Academy Educator Award (May 2001)
Keynote Speaker, U.S. Air Force Academy African American Heritage Luncheon (Feb. 2001)
U.S. Air Force Academy Literary Research Award (May 2000)
Pikes Peak Library District Board of Trustees (1997-1999)
Education/Training
MA English, San Jose State University - MS Education, University of Southern California, Los Angeles - BA English, San Diego State University
Organizations
The Toni Morrison Society - PILLAR Institute for Lifelong Learning - Pikes Peak Library District Adult Reading Program (Facilitator) - Friends of the Pikes Peak Library - Educating Children of Color Conference - African American Youth Leadership Conference
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Culturally Responsive Reading - Culturally Responsive Teaching - African American Literature - Approaches to Teaching Literature - Writing Memoir and Autobiography

Pease, Elaine

Pease, Elaine
Birth City
Boulder
Birth State
CO
Current Location
Boulder, CO
Occupation(s)
Children's Author
Biography

Award-winning Children's Author, Elaine Pease, has three picture books, a middle grade novel GHOST OVER BOULDER CREEK, the journey of a half-Cheyenne boy as he searches for his white father with Buffalo Bill in 1860s Colorado, and her most recent: an easy reader chapter book based on the true heart-warming stories at Colorado Horse Rescue, SAFE AT LAST.

Awards/Honors
SAFE AT LAST: TRUE STORIES OF HORSE RESCUES. 2016 1st Place CIPA EVVY. A 2016 Denver Public Schools Libraries Recommendation
GHOST OVER BOULDER CREEK. 2015 Youth One Book, One Denver Finalist. 2011 1st Place CIPA EVVY Juvenile Fiction
Education/Training
SDSU B.S. Journalism
Published Works Book Jackets
Organizations
RMSCSBWI - RMFW
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
I've spoken about or conducted workshops on topics such as self-publishing vs. traditional publishing (having equal exposure to both in my career), researching and writing the historical mystery middle grade novel ("Dust to
Dust Jackets" panel at Barnes & Noble), and writing and finding the right publisher for your picture book.

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

Eiman, Ashley

Eiman, Ashley
Birth Year (-Died Year)
1986
Birth City
Janesville
Birth State
WI
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Editor and Copywriter
Biography

Ashley Eiman is a professional editor and writer living in Colorado. She loves Downton Abbey, country music, and all things Jane Austen.

Education/Training
Bachelor of Arts in English, 2008, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Published Works Book Jackets
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Glen Eyrie - General Palmer and family

Anderson, John

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

John Wesley Anderson, MBA, is a published author, storyteller and TEDx speaker. He enjoyed a 30-year law enforcement career, retiring at the rank of sergeant after 22 years with the Colorado Springs Police Department, followed by 8 years serving as the elected sheriff for El Paso County, Colorado. After being term-limited as Sheriff, John retired from public safety and was employed in homeland and corporate security for ten years in the private sector. He retired from the Lockheed Martin Corporation in 2012 to launch a consulting business allowing him the freedom to pursue his love of history, writing and the arts. Although John has traveled around the world, including several adventures on a catamaran sailing the Caribbean, three corporate security assignments into a combat zone on the Horn of Africa and landing on an aircraft carrier at sea in the Pacific Ocean, he remains most fascinated by the rich history and art discovered in his own backyard in the American Southwest.

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.

Merry, Molly

Merry, Molly
Birth City
Lakewood
Birth State
OH
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Retired Teacher/Principal
Biography

I grew up in Denver and had an astonishing career as an educator in Canon City, CO. I moved to Ivywild, Colorado Springs in 2012. This lively, expressive, charming, and historic neighborhood inspired our book. I worked with Linda Johnson, long time resident of Colorado Springs who was the owner of Ivywild Costumes from 1983-2015.

Awards/Honors
1995 - Colorado Teacher of the Year
1992 - Grant Recipient from the Colorado Dept. of Education, school designer and founder of the Canon Exploratory School
Education/Training
Master of Arts in Curriculum - Post Graduate work for School Administration - Certification from the William Glasser Institute in Choice Theory/Reality Therapy - Certification in Learning Styles/4Mat
Local Authors Genres
Organizations
Ivywild Improvement Society - CONO (Council of Neighborhood Organizations)
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Project Based Learning - Learning Styles - Choice Theory - Ivywild History

Cunningham, Sharon

Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Teacher and Historian
Education/Training
Master of Arts Degree, University of Northern Colorado - Bachelor of Arts Degree, Nebraska Wesleyan University
Local Authors Genres
Organizations
El Paso County Medical Social Alliance
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Please email localauthors@ppld.org for contact information.

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-clibo…

Speaker Availability
No