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

Nickole Brown

Nickole Brown

Poetry

Nickole Brown is the author of Sister, first published in 2007 with a new edition reissued by Sibling Rivalry Press in 2018. Her second book, Fanny Says, came out from BOA Editions and won the Weatherford Award for Appalachian Poetry in 2015. The audiobook of that collection became available in 2017. She is the Editor for the Marie Alexander Poetry Series and teaches at the Sewanee School of Letters MFA Program, the Great Smokies Writing Program at UNCA, and the Hindman Settlement School. She lives with her wife, poet Jessica Jacobs, in Asheville, NC, where she volunteers at four different animal sanctuaries.

Jessica Jacobs

Jessica Jacobs

Poetry

Jessica Jacobs is the author of Take Me with You, Wherever You’re Going, published by Four Way Books in March 2019. Her debut collection, Pelvis with Distance, a biography-in-poems of Georgia O’Keeffe, was the winner of the New Mexico Book Award in Poetry and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Her poetry, essays, and fiction have appeared in publications including Orion, New England Review, Crazyhorse, and the The Missouri Review. An avid long-distance runner, Jessica has worked as a rock climbing instructor, bartender, and professor, and serves as the Associate Editor of the Beloit Poetry Journal. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with her wife, the poet, Nickole Brown.

David Romtvedt

David Romtvedt

Poetry

David Romtvedt was born in Portland, Oregon and grew up in Southern Arizona. A graduate of Reed College and the University of Iowa Writers‘ Workshop, he also studied at the University of Texas where he held a graduate fellowship in folklore and ethnomusicology. He is an emeritus professor in the MFA program for writers at the University of Wyoming and served as the state’s poet laureate from 2003 to 2011. His recent books include: Dilemmas of the Angels (poetry) and Zelestina Urza in Outer Space (novel). Other books include: Moon; Free and Compulsory for All; How Many Horses; and Windmill: Essays from Four Mile Ranch. His book A Flower Whose Name I Do Not Know was a selection of the National Poetry Series. He plays Cajun, Latin, and Basque music with the bands The Fireants and Ospa. He lives in Buffalo, Wyoming with his wife, the potter, Margo Brown.

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 is the author of Between Here and Home, published by Unsolicited Press in June of 2019, and the chapbook Red State, published by Seven Kitchens Press. He is the recipient of a Neltje Blanchan Award for writing inspired by the natural world and a Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry from the Wyoming Arts Council. His poems have appeared in publications including Pilgrimage, The Cortland Review, and High Desert Journal as well as the Sixteen Rivers Press anthology American, We Call Your Name. Matt makes text-based art independently and in collaboration with visual, performing, and literary artists. He also teaches reflective and creative writing for medical professionals, humanitarian aid workers, secondary and college students, and others interested in the literary arts.