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 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.
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.
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.
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