Nina McCongley

Nina McCongley

Fiction

Nina McConigley is the author of the story collection Cowboys and East Indians, which won the 2014 PEN Open Book Award and a High Plains Book Award. She was born in Singapore and grew up in Wyoming. She holds an MFA from the University of Houston and an MA from the University of Wyoming. She was named by Glamour Magazine as one of ‘50 Phenomenal Women Making a Difference’ in 2014, and her book was named one of 2014’s Best Prize Winning books by O, Oprah Magazine. She has been a fellow at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and held scholarships to the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and for The Best New American Voices. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Orion, Salon, Virginia Quarterly Review, American Short Fiction, and The Asian American Literary Review among others. She lives in Laramie, Wyoming and teaches at the University of Wyoming and at the MFA program at the Warren Wilson Program for Writers.

Tim Sandlin

Tim Sandlin

Fiction

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.

Jeremy Schmidt

Jeremy Schmidt

Creative Nonfiction

Jeremy Schmidt is author of almost 20 books and hundreds of magazine articles. He writes about natural history and adventure travel in places where the wild and the indigenous still survive. His book Himalayan Passage won the first Barbara Savage Award for adventure writing; it’s recently been called a “classic of Himalayan travel as it used to be.” He figures that just means it’s an old book.

Assignments have taken him to all continents, including Antarctica where he has recently begun a natural history of Weddell seals, the world’s southernmost breeding mammals. His latest book, Looking for Tao Canyon, Rocky Mountain Books, 2018, is set in the slickrock country of America’s desert southwest.

Catherine McKenzie

Catherine McKenzie

Fiction

Catherine McKenzie is the bestselling author of numerous books with one word titles such as Spin and Hidden. Her eighth novel, The Good Liar, releases April 8, 2018 and has three words in its title. Catherine lives and writes in Montreal, Canada, and looks forward every year to returning to Jackson Hole

Patti Sherlock

Patti Sherlock

Fiction | Creative Nonfiction | Young Adult

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.

Kevin Grange

Kevin Grange

Creative Nonfiction

Kevin Grange is an award-winning freelance writer with an emphasis on the medical field, adventure and travel. In June 2015, Berkley Books, a division of Penguin Random House, published Kevin’s new memoir, Lights & Sirens” - The Education of a Paramedic.In 2011, The University of Nebraska Press published Beneath Blossom Rain, about Kevin’s 24-day trek through the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. The memoir will be translated and published in China, India and Latvia.
His nonfiction has appeared in National Parks Magazine, Utne Reader, Backpacker Magazine, The Orange County Register, and has won a Top Feature award from the Society of American Travel Writers. He is represented by literary agent, Jane Dystel, whose client list includes many prize-winning and bestselling authors. He works as a firefighter/paramedic with Jackson Hole Fire/EMS.

Conference Note: New to our resident faculty this year, Kevin will be critiquing and doing a workshop.

Tina Welling

Tina Welling

Fiction | Creative Nonfiction

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 six anthologies. she conducts writing and journaling workshops internationally and is a creative energy coach. Welling resides in Jackson Hole.

Susan Marsh

Susan Marsh

Fiction | Creative Nonfiction

Susan Marsh lives in Jackson, Wyoming. With degrees in geology and landscape architecture and a lifelong interest in creative writing, she has combined her interests into a body of work that explores the relationship of humans to the wild. Her work has appeared in journals that include Orion, North American Review, and Fourth Genre, and in many anthologies. Her books include War Creek (a May Sarton Award winner), A Hunger for High Country, and Saving Wyoming’s Hoback, winner of the 2016-17 Wallace Stegner Prize.

Deborah Turrell Atkinson

Deborah Turrell Atkinson

Fiction

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

Lise McClendon

Fiction

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.

Shawn Klomparens

Shawn Klomparens

Fiction

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

Tiffanie DeBartolo

Tiffanie DeBartolo

Fiction | Graphic Novels

Tiffanie DeBartolo is the author of two novels (God-Shaped Hole and How To Kill A Rock Star) and one film ( Dream For An Insomniac). She is also the founder of Bright Antenna Records and the ShineMaker Foundation. In her spare time, Tiffanie is a traveler, poet, chef, runner, yogi, hiker, biker, sister, friend, lover, dreamer and style icon. U2 has been her favorite band for over three and a half decades and she swears that everything she knows about life, love, faith, hope and philanthropy she learned from Bono. She is currently working on her third novel, Sorrow, which she hopes will hit the shelves in 2019.

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.

Amy Kathleen Ryan

Amy Kathleen Ryan

Young Adult

Amy Kathleen Ryan is the author of the young adult The Sky Chasers trilogy, which has been published in fifteen countries. The first book, Glow, was selected as a Best Book of 2011 by School Library Journal, and was optioned by Fox Films. She is also the author of Vibes, a quirky comedy about plus-sized love. She lives in Wyoming with her family.

Nanci Turner Steveson

Nanci Turner Steveson

Young Adult

Nanci Turner Steveson writes realistic fiction for middle grade readers. Her first novel, Swing Sideways (HarperCollins) is a Scholastic Book Fair selection, and a Wyoming State Indian Paintbrush Award nominee for 2017/2018. Swing Sideways will be translated into French and released October 2017. Her second book, Georgia Rules (HarperCollins 2017), received starred reviews from American Library Association Booklist and has been chosen as a Battle of the Books selection for middle school book clubs. Her third novel with HarperCollins, Lizzie Flying Solo, will be released Fall 2018. Nanci is on the Board of Directors of Jackson Hole Writers Conference, and is co-chair of the JHW KidLit critique group.

Broughton Coburn

Broughton Coburn

Creative Nonfiction

Broughton Coburn is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Colorado College, and he has worked on environmental conservation and development projects in Nepal, Tibet and India for two of the past four decades. He has written, edited, or collaborated on eight books, including two national bestsellers. His latest title, published by Crown, is The Vast Unknown: America’s First Ascent of Everest and a recently-completed ghost writing project is now at press with Knopf. Next up, in addition to some developmental editing, is an ambitious work of creative non-fiction. He lives in Wilson, Wyoming.

David Riley Bertsch

David Riley Bertsch

Fiction

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.

Matt Daly

Matt Daly

Poetry

Matt Daly’s<./strong> poetry has been published in various journals including: Clerestory, The Cortland Review, High Desert Journal, and Pilgrimage. Matt also integrates his work into collaborations with literary, visual and performing artists as well as with organizations such as the Jackson Hole Land Trust, Jackson Hole Public Art, Center for the Arts, and Dancers’ Workshop. Matt 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. He teaches poetry-writing workshops in schools and communities in the West. He is also on the faculty of a week-long continuing medical education course offered by Harvard Medical School in Orvieto, Italy.

Susan Scarlata

Susan Scarlata

Poetry

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.

Scott Schumaker

Scott Schumaker

Middle Grade Fiction

Scott Schumaker‘s passion for travel was the catalyst for his first children’s book, Henry’s Big Star Adventure. The book is about a boy’s journey to retrieve the stars he has lost from his heart, and was inspired from the author’s time exploring Peru’s Amazon jungle and solo camping in Utah’s Canyonlands.Scott’s own writing adventures include a long study of creative writing, attending the NYU Summer Writing Workshop, as well as a graduate degree in journalism, and being a contributing editor for various outdoor and lifestyle publications. He is currently plotting a memoir, as well as additional children’s books. When he is not writing, he is the managing partner of Bright Antenna Records. Scott lives in Mill Valley, CA with his wife Tiffanie DeBartolo and their dogs, Dipsea and Dizzy.

Sheryl Haft

Sheryl Haft

Kids Picture Books

Sheryl Haft creates playful books and inventive experiences to spark children’s imaginations. She is the author of two picture books, I LOVE YOU, BLANKIE, published by Little Brown Books, 2015, and BABY-BOO, I LOVE YOU, published by Penguin Books for Young Readers, 2017.
Sheryl is also an Educator and the Founder of Kids Engineer! an elementary after school program teaching engineering principles through design and invention-building. She currently teaches Kids Engineer workshops via the CREST elementary school program and pARTners Jackson Hole. Her next picture book, to be published by Penguin Books, Fall 2019, stars an inventive little girl engineer.