2017 Literary Conference | Casper College, Wyoming

2017 Literary Conference


Sept. 21-22, 2017

Free public talks on poetry, fiction, nonfiction and publishing – as well as workshops requiring advance registration.

Featuring Stephen Graham Jones, author of the novel "Mongrels."

For more information about the conference, contact Joseph Campbell at 307-268-2387 or jcampbell@caspercollege.edu

Those who wish to participate in the workshop may do so free of charge but MUST be signed up to do so prior to Thursday, Sept. 21. Participants may sign up for either workshop, but they may choose only one. You may sign up by contacting jcampbell@caspercollege.edu.

Presenter bios

Jessica Jacobs is the author of “Pelvis with Distance,” winner of the New Mexico Book Award in Poetry, an Over the Rainbow selection by the American Library Association, and a finalist for the Lambda Literary and Julie Suk Awards. Her chapbook “In Whatever Light Left to Us” was just published by Sibling Rivalry Press. Jacobs holds an M.F.A. from Purdue University, where she served as the editor-in-chief of Sycamore Review, and a B.A. from Smith College. Her poetry, essays, and fiction have appeared in publications including The Missouri Review, Rattle, The Oxford American, and the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series. An avid long-distance runner, Jacobs has worked as a rock climbing instructor, bartender, editor, and professor, and now teaches in the graduate program of Lenoir-Rhyne University and is the associate editor of the Beloit Poetry Journal. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with her wife, the poet Nickole Brown.

Nickole Brown grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, and Deerfield Beach, Florida. Her books include “Fanny Says,” a collection of poems published by BOA Editions in 2015; her debut, “Sister,” a novel-in-poems published by Red Hen Press in 2007; and an anthology, “Air Fare,” that she co-edited with Judith Taylor. She graduated from The Vermont College of Fine Arts, studied literature at Oxford University as an English-Speaking Union Scholar, and was the editorial assistant for the late Hunter S. Thompson. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Kentucky Foundation for Women, and the Kentucky Arts Council. She worked at the independent, literary press, Sarabande Books, for 10 years, and she was the national publicity consultant for Arktoi Books and the Palm Beach Poetry Festival. She has taught creative writing at the University of Louisville, Bellarmine University, and was on faculty at the Sewanee Young Writers' Conference, the low-residency M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing at Murray State, and the Writing Workshops in Greece. She was an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock for four years until deciding to write full time. Currently, she lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with her wife, poet Jessica Jacobs. She teaches as part of UNCA's Great Smokies Writing Program each fall and was on faculty at the Sewanee School of Letters M.F.A. program this past summer 2017.

Stephen Graham Jones is the author of 16 novels and six story collections. His most recent are “Mapping the Interior,” from Tor.com and the comic book “My Hero” from Hex Publishers. He also has a couple hundred short stories published, from literary journals to truck-enthusiast magazines, from textbooks to anthologies to best-of-the-year annuals. Jones has been an NEA Fellow, a Texas Writers League Fellow, and has won the Texas Institute of Letters Award for Fiction and the Independent Publishers Multicultural Award. His areas of interest, aside from fiction writing, are horror, science fiction, fantasy, film, comic books, pop culture, technology, and American Indian Studies. Jones received his B.A. in English and Philosophy from Texas Tech University (1994), his M.A. in English from the University of North Texas (1996), and his Ph.D. from Florida State University (1998). Jones lives and teaches in Boulder, Colorado.

Anthony Guerriero writes stories about characters whose lives teeter on the fringe. He writes poems about cooking with his young sons. He earned his MFA in Creative Writing in 2006 from Northern Michigan University and teaches composition, literature, and creative writing at Casper College. If there is baseball in heaven, he’ll consider going.