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 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. John‘s memoir of his 3 years as Janis Joplin’s road manager, Full Tilt Boogie,was published in October 2014 by Berkley Books.
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 a naturalist and award-winning writer living in Jackson, Wyoming. Her writing has appeared in Orion, North American Review, Fourth Genre, Talking River Review, Weber Studies, and has been anthologized in books including The Leap Years, Going Alone, Open Windows, and Solo. Her non-fiction books include Beyond the Tetons, Stories of the Wild, Targhee Trails, and The Wild Wyoming Range ( 2013). Her novel War Creek (MP Publishing) and her memoir, A Hunger for High Country from Oregon State University Press were published last year.
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 he 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.
Lise McClendon is the author of nine novels starting with The Bluejay Shaman in 1994. Her recent novels are Blackbird Fly, Jump Cut, and the latest, All Your Pretty Dreams, new adult fiction about a family polka band. She co-runs Thalia Press and is a member of Mystery Writers of America and International Association of Crime Writers. She lives in Montana.
Janet Fox is the author of fiction and non-fiction for middle grade and young adult readers. Her books include Get Organized Without Losing It ( Free Spirit Publishing, 2006), Faithful (Penguin/Speak, 2010), Forgiven ( Speak, 2011), and Sirens (Speak, 2012).
Deborah Turrell Atkinson
Inspired by Tony Hillerman’s tales of the Navajo, Deborah Turrell Atkinson writes novels that weave the legends and folklore of the Hawaiian Islands into suspenseful mysteries, a perspective of Hawaii the tour books never show. The series consists of four novels, Primitive Secrets (2002), The Green Room (2005), Fire Prayer (2007), and Pleasing the Dead (2009). She is a recipient of the University of Hawaii’s Meryl Clark Award for Fiction.
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 Lan (Whit Press, 2003) and In Praise of Trees and Forests (Whit Press 2014).