Tim Sandlin is a novelist and screenwriter. His novels include Sex and Sunsets, Western Swing, Honey Don’t, Jimi Hendrix Turns Eighty, Rowdy in Paris, and the GroVont Quartet, including his newest novel, Lydia. Movie credits include the Showtime original Floating Away, based on Sorrow Floats, and Skipped Parts, a TriMark film. He is also a contributor to the New York Times Book Review and has judged several writing competitions, including the Western States Book Awards.
Kyle Mills is the New York Times bestselling author of ten political thrillers. He initially found inspiration from his father, a former FBI agent and director of Interpol, who is still able to put Kyle in touch with the people who give his books such realism. He also co-authors thrillers with the late Robert Ludlum. Avid rock climbers and mountain bikers, he and his wife have lived in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, for fifteen years but these days are running for warmer climates in the winter.
John Byrne Cooke
John Byrne Cooke’s latest book is On The Road With Janis Joplin, his memoir of road managing Joplin from her first national tour through Europe, Woodstock, and Festival Express 1970. John won a Spur Award for his first novel, The Snowblind Moon. He is the author of two more historical novels, South of the Border and The Committee of Vigilance. He created and wrote the documentary series Outlaws and Lawmen for the Discovery Channel. His first book of nonfiction, Reporting The War: Freedom of the Press from the American Revolution to the War on Terrorism, was published in 2007.
Jeremy Schmidt is a writer and photographer of natural history and adventure travel, especially along the winding frontiers between the modern world and what’s left of the natural and indigenous. He is the author or co-author of more than fifteen books and hundreds of articles for magazines including Audubon, International Wildlife, National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Natura (Italy), Panorama (Netherlands), Outside, GEO, and others. For twelve years he was the adventure columnist for Universal Press Syndicate.
A graduate of McGill University in History and Law, Catherine McKenzie practices law in Montreal, where she was born and raised. An avid skier and runner, Catherine’s novels, Spin, Arranged, Forgotten and Hidden have all been international bestsellers. Her fifth novel, Smoke, is scheduled to release in July, 2015. Her novels have been translated into multiple languages. Catherine looks forward to spending time every June at the Conference and in Jackson Hole.
Patti Sherlock‘s latest book, A Dog for All Seasons, St. Martin’s, 2010, describes her years with Duncan, a border collie who helped her on an Idaho sheep farm and saw her through many cycles of change. Sherlock has written two other nonfiction books and three novels for young adults. Letters from Wolfie, Penguin-Putnam, which won numerous awards, told the story of a 13-year-old boy who volunteered his dog to be a scout dog during the Vietnam war. Her other books are Taking Back Our Lives, a meditation book, Some Fine Dog and Four of a Kind, Holiday House, and Alone on the Mountain, Doubleday, which chronicled the life of western shepherds.
Laurie Kutchins is the author of three books of poems: Slope of the Child Everlasting (BOA Editions Ltd., 2007), The Night Path (BOA Editions) and Between Towns (Texas Tech University Press). The Night Path received the Isabella Gardner Award and was a Pulitzer nomination for Poetry in 1997. Her poems and nonfiction have appeared widely in anthologies and periodicals, including The New Yorker, The Kenyon Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, Orion, The Georgia Review, The Southern Review, and West Branch. Kutchins teaches creative writing at James Madison University in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
Tina Welling is the author of Writing Wild: Forming A Creative Partnership With Nature, and the novels Crybaby Ranch, Fairy Tale Blues, and Cowboys Never Cry. Her essays have been published in Shambhala Sun, The Writer, Body & Soul, and other national magazines, as well as four anthologies. She conducts creative writing and journal keeping workshops around the country. Welling resides in Jackson Hole.
Susan Marsh is an award-winning writer living in Jackson, Wyoming. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. Her books include The Wild Wyoming Range (Laguna Wilderness Press, 2013), War Creek (MP Publishing, 2014) and A Hunger for High Country (Oregon State University Press, 2014).
Deborah Turrell Atkinson
Deborah Atkinson weaves the legends and folklore of Hawaii into suspense-filled contemporary crime fiction. Atkinson lives in Honolulu, Hawaii and is a member of Sisters in Crime, Authors Guild, and Mystery Writers of America. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan, University of Iowa Writers’ Summer Workshop, and a recipient of the University of Hawaii’s Meryl Clark Award for Fiction. Her books include Primitive Secrets, which is the introduction to the Storm Kayama series, The Green Room, which was a Book Sense Notable pick, Fire Prayer, and Pleasing the Dead.
Lise McClendon is the author of twelve novels plus short fiction, starting twenty years ago with The Bluejay Shaman, a mystery about a Jackson Hole art dealer. She wrote three more in that series, plus other series and stand-alone novels. In 2014 she wrote the sequel to her bestselling novel, Blackbird Fly, called The Girl in the Empty Dress. Her latest is a novella in the same series, Give Him the Ooh-la-la. She writes thrillers as Rory Tate — PLAN X is the latest — and runs Thalia Press. A group of Thalia writers collaborated on a novel releasing later this year, a spoof of Eat Pray Love featuring a vengeful chef. She runs the pre-conference workshop for novelists with Deborah Turrell Atkinson. Lise lives in Montana.
Mary Beth Baptiste
Mary Beth Baptiste is the author of Altitude Adjustment: A Quest for Love, Home, and Meaning in the Tetons, a memoir about her wildlife biology work at Grand Teton National Park. A winner of two Doubleday Awards and a Literary Fellowship from the Wyoming Arts Council, she has published her creative nonfiction in a variety of periodicals and anthologies.
Shawn Klomparens is the author of the novels Jessica Z and Two Years, No Rain. He studied English literature and geological sciences at Ohio University before moving to Wyoming
Nanci Turner Steveson
Nanci Turner Steveson writes for Middle Grade readers and is an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She studied under the mentorship of award winning authors Kathi Appelt, Patty Lee Gauch, and Bethany Hegedus. Additionally, Nanci has won several educational scholarships through The Highlights Foundation. Her first Middle Grade novel, Swing Sideways (HarperCollins Children’s) is scheduled for publication in spring 2016, followed by Frost, in spring 2017.
Janet Fox writes award-winning fiction and non-fiction for children of all ages. Her published works include the non-fiction middle grade book Get Organized Without Losing It (Free Spirit, 2006), and three YA historical romances: Faithful (Speak/Penguin Group, 2010), Forgiven (Penguin, 2011), and Sirens (Penguin, 2012). Janet’s debut middle grade novel Chatelaine is an historical fantasy set in 1940 Scotland (Viking, 2016). Janet is a 2010 graduate of the MFA/Writing for Children and Young Adults program at Vermont College of Fine Arts, and she lives in Bozeman, Montana.
Tiffanie DeBartolo started her career as a screenwriter and filmmaker, writing and directing Dream for an Insomniac, which starred Ione Skye and Jennifer Aniston. She has published two novels: God-Shaped Hole and How To Kill a Rock Star. When she’s not writing, Tiffanie is busy running Bay Area-based indie record label Bright Antenna Records. Slowly but surely she is working on a third book and promises it will be finished before the decade ends. She tries hard not to break promises.
David Riley Bertsch
David Riley Bertsch, a native of Pittsburgh, graduated from Penn State and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Since 2009 he has lived in Jackson, Wyoming, where he is a professional fly-fishing guide. He is the author of Death Canyon and River of No Return, the first installments in the Jake Trent novels, set in Jackson Hole.
Claudia Mauro is the founding director of Whit Press. Her work was selected for a 2012 Wyoming Poetry Fellowship. She is also the recipient of two Seattle Arts Commission Awards, a Hedgebrook Fellowship, University of Washington Whiteley Center Writing Residencies and Jack Straw Writers Fellowship. Her verse has appeared in Zyzzyva and Lambda Book Review. She has published two collections of poetry, Stealing Fire(Whiteaker, 1996), Reading the River (Whiteaker, 1999), and edited In Praise of Fertile Land (Whit Press, 2003) and In Praise of Trees and Forests (Whit Press 2014).
Deanna Neil is the author of The Land of Curiosities, a young-adult historical fiction trilogy about the founding of the Yellowstone National Park. Her books have garnered 9 awards including a Nautilus, Benjamin Franklin and Moonbeam Children’s Book Award. Time Magazine for Kids named her a 2008 "Hero for the Planet." As a journalist, Deanna worked for the Air America Radio network, NPR, KCET and blogs for the Huffington Post.
Patricia Lee Lewis
Patricia Lee Lewis, who founded Patchwork Farm Retreat in western Massachusetts over 35 years ago, has led writing retreats there since 1992, and internationally since 1996. She celebrates our relationship to the earth as sacred, to writing as a way of finding what is deepest within us, and to teaching writing as a participatory, supportive endeavor. She has two published books of poetry, A Kind of Yellow (winner of a Writer’s Digest international competition) and High Lonesome, and her poetry has appeared in numerous journals. She will be offering a writing and yoga retreat the week prior to the conference.