Poetry Track

Our poetry track continues to grow with craft-oriented workshops and talks, focused as always on enriching the writing of beginning and committed poets alike. Diving into fundamentals, pushing imagery to convey emotion effectively, discussing form and meter, and fine tuning a poem, even line by line, are integral to the poetic dialogue. The works-in-progress on Friday evening fosters this playfully serious engagement. We are proud of the attention that our poetry readers pay to the manuscripts they receive.

FACULTY

Kerri Webster

Kerri Webster

Poetry

Kerri Webster is the author of two books of poetry: Grand & Arsenal, winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize and published in 2012, and We Do Not Eat Our Hearts Alone, published by the University of Georgia in 2005. She received her BA from Boise State University and her MFA from Indiana University. From 2006 to 2010, Webster was Writer in Residence at Washington University in St. Louis. The recipient of a $50,000 Whiting Award and the Lucille Medwick Award from the Poetry Society of America, her poems have appeared in dozens of literary journals, including Poetry, the Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, and the Kenyon Review. Webster currently teaches creative writing at Boise State as an adjunct professor.

Teddy Macker

Teddy Macker

Poetry

Teddy Macker is the author of the collection of poetry, This World (White Cloud Press, 2015; foreword by Brother David Steindl-Rast). A graduate of the MFA program at UC Irvine, his work -- poems, short stories, essays, and translations -- appears in the Antioch Review, Columbia, New Letters, Orion, Resurgence, The Massachusetts Review, The Sun, various anthologies, and elsewhere. Among his honors is the Reginald S. Tickner Creative Writing Fellowship of the Gilman School in Baltimore. He teaches at UC Santa Barbara and lives with his wife and two daughters on a small farm in Carpinteria, California.

Laurie Kutchins

Laurie Kutchins

Poetry

Laurie Kutchins has published three books of poetry, as well as numerous lyric essays. Her book, The Night Path, published by BOA Editions, received the Isabella Gardner Award and was also nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. Her poems and lyric essays have appeared in periodicals and anthologies, including The New Yorker, The Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, Orion, Ploughshares, Poetry, Bellevue Literary Review, and many others. Most recently, she’s completed a nonfiction memoir about the active imagination in the pilgrimage of healing. She teaches in the creative writing program at James Madison University in Virginia, and was a faculty member at the Taos Summer Writers Conference in its first ten years. Wyoming-born and raised, Laurie maintains her deep roots to Wyoming even when in the Shenandoah Valley.

Matt Daly

Matt Daly

Poetry

Matt Daly’s poetry has been published in Clerestory, The Cortland Review, Pilgrimage, Sixfold, Split Rock Review and elsewhere. He received the 2015 Neltje Blanchan Award for writing inspired by the natural world and a 2013 creative writing fellowship in poetry from the Wyoming Arts Council. Matt regularly teaches poetry writing workshops and residencies in Wyoming. He is also on the faculty of a week-long continuing medical education course offered by Harvard Medical School.

Susan Scarlata

Susan Scarlata

Poetry | Editor

Susan Scarlata has lived among the skyscrapers of Hong Kong, the fog of San Francisco, and now calls Jackson, Wyoming home. Throughout these shifts in her surroundings, Scarlata has been writing poetry and essays and teaching about them too. Scarlata’s book, It Might Turn Out We Are Real, is available from Horseless Press. She holds degrees from Brown University and the University of Denver and is the Editor of Lost Roads Press. Recent creative work and reviews can be found in the Tupelo Quarterly on the PEN America website, and is forthcoming in the anthology Certain Stars Shoot Madly.

Conference Note: New to our resident faculty this year, Susan will be critiquing.