Events

EVENTS
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EVENTS I HAVE ENJOYED:

Here is a huge and humble THANK YOU to many organizations ~ Wyoming Writers, Inc.WyoPoetsWyoming Arts CouncilWyoming Humanities Council, University of Wyoming, and  Wyoming Community Colleges, Wyoming museums (such as the Riverton Museum), and Wyoming libraries, public, university, and community college ~ and similar agencies in Wyoming and other states ~ for my ability to attend and absorb so much knowledge, beauty, and understanding of our world ~ and to share it. 

NOTE: I scrambled to get all these facts straight and know I have missed or messed up some things; but, to the best of my ability and the time allowed, below is a list of events I was able to attend, assist with, arrange, participate in, or present at ~ with the help of these vital organizations.

 

  • 1976/77 Laubach Literacy tutor, Winslow, Arizona. Participant.

  • 1980 Columbia Basin College punk poetry readings [through 1983]. Presented.

  • 1982 Columbia Basin College workshops and author readings: Marvin Bell, Colleen McElroy, Sandra McPherson, Richard Hugo. Attended.

  • 1983 Denise Levertov, The Seattle Women Writers Festival (University of Washington): reading. Attended.

  • 1984 Wyoming Writers, Inc., Conference (Sheridan): Rex Myers, Irene Bennet Brown, Richard Shelton. Attended.

  • 1986 Wyoming Writers, Inc., Conference (Douglas): Richard Fleck, Teresa Jordan, John Byrne Cooke. Attended.

  • 1988 Joy Harjo (Central Wyoming College) reading and presentation. Attended (it was so crowded I sat on the classroom floor). 

  • 1989 Writing Opportunities in Wyoming presentation to 6th graders (Riverton Middle School), along with Betty Starks Case. Participated.

  • 1996/97  “Being Indian” Native American Literature, book discussion program (Wyoming Humanities Council), Central Wyoming College. Arranged and participated.

  • 1997 Central Wyoming College Spring Fountain readings, through 1998. Participated.

  • 1997 Central Wyoming College’s Celebration of Creativity, through 1999. Participated.

  • 1997 The Work Group presentation of “An Evening of Poetry, Prose, and Art” (the Magpie, Lander). From the Wyoming State Journal, Lander: ”Carol Deering, the director of Central Wyoming College’s library, was next at the microphone to share her poems that reflect nature and quietude. “I’m not a cowboy poet,” Deering said in her introduction, “but I have a poem about cows.”  “Navajo Twilight “October Fantasy,” and “Twilight Angus” showcased her humor as well as her philosophical fascination with the American West.” Participated.

  • 1997/98  “Community and the Western Landscape” book discussion program (Wyoming Humanities Council), Central Wyoming College. Arranged and participated.

  • 1998 The Work Group presentation “Open Season” (the Magpie). (Free espresso for the readers!)  Participated.

  • 1998 The Work Group did a performance piece called ‘Peaceful Coexistence,” which was choreographed with lines from our poems interspersed with notes from a Zen ball, chain-link fence section, rain stick, and log drum (the Magpie).  Participated.

  • 1998 Robert Bly (Laramie County Community College). I drove over and back in one day, a ten-hour round-trip. Attended.

  • 1998/99 “Classic Views of American Life: Pulitzer-Prize-winning fiction,” book discussion program (Wyoming Humanities Council), Riverton Branch Library. Arranged and participated.

  • 1999 John Nesbitt (Pronghorn Lodge, Lander) for WyoPoets: “Traditional Poetry.” Attended.

  • 1999 The Hassayampa Institute for Creative Writing (Arizona Humanities Council), Arizona Commission of the ArtsFriends of the Prescott Public Library, and Yavapai College Foundation: workshops with Simon Ortiz and Rodney Jones; lectures and presentations by Mary Sojourner, John Nichols, Brady Udall; reading and book signing by Ruth Forman. Attended.

  • 1999/2000 “Ordinary Lives: Memoirs of American Women,” book discussion program (Wyoming Humanities Council), Riverton Branch Library. Arranged and participated.

  • 2000 James McKean readings (Central Wyoming College, Riverton Branch Library, Wyoming Arts Council), student talks (at four elementary schools in Riverton), and book signing (Book Junction). Arranged, attended and chauffeured.

  • 2000 Southern Utah University Creative Writing Conference and the Utah Arts Council: Samuel Green (Poetry), Ellen Meloy (CNF), Lawrence Coates (Fiction), and Kay K. Cook (Playwriting). Attended.

  • 2000 Naomi Shihab Nye, (Casper College/ARTCORE Literary Conference): workshop. Attended.

  • 2000 (or 2001?) Western Wyoming College reading from the anthology Ring of Fire: Writers of the Yellowstone Region. Participated.

  • 2000/01  “Family Photographs: Relationships among the Generations,” book discussion program (Wyoming Humanities Council), Riverton Branch Library. Arranged and participated.

  • 2001 WyoPoets workshops (Casper’s Radisson Hotel): Terry Rasmussen and Janet Craven (“A Place in the Rain”). Attended.

  • 2001 Co-creator of West Thumb Poets, with Janet Meury.

  • 2001/02  “Books That Made a Difference,” book discussion program (Wyoming Humanities Council), Riverton Branch Library. Arranged and participated.

  • 2002 Peter Davidson Writing Seminar (Central Wyoming College). Attended.

  • 2002 Christopher Howell (Casper College/ARTCORE Literary Conference), workshop.

  • 2002/03  “Mirror, Mirror: The American Family on Stage in the twentieth Century,” book discussion program (Wyoming Humanities Council), Riverton Branch Library. Arranged and participated.

  • 2003 Wyoming Humanities Institutes for Teachers (University of Wyoming): “The Age of Nero.” Attended.

  • 2003/04 “Crime and the Cultural Landscape: A Series on Detective Fiction,” book discussion program (Wyoming Humanities Council), Riverton Branch Library. Arranged and participated.

  • 2004 One County, One Book (Margaret Coel’s Killing Raven, Riverton, Ethete, Lander), Fremont County Library System, Central Wyoming College, and the Wind River Tribal College. Discussions and public reading. Assisted and attended.

  • 2004 Nominated by Gov. Freudenthal to position on Wyoming Humanities Council board.  Served through 2007.

  • 2004 Wyoming Humanities Institutes for Teachers (Wyoming Humanities Council, University of Wyoming): “Timeless Myths and Greek Realities.” Attended.

  • 2004 Casper College/ARTCORE Literary Conference ”Crossing Borders”: Alberto Rios and Michael Wiegers workshops. Attended.

  • 2004/05  “Living with Violence: Conflict and Community in Contemporary Cultures,” book discussion program (Wyoming Humanities Council), Riverton Branch Library. Arranged and participated.

  • 2005 National Humanities Conference (that year in San Francisco) “Faith in Strangers”: a series of many wonderful programs over three days. I especially liked the plenary speech, “Between Canada’s Multiculturalism and Mexico’s Mestizaje: America in search of a metaphor for living with the stranger down the street, and with the stranger who is dating our daughter,” by Richard Rodriguez. Attended.

  • 2005 Denise Duhamel (Cody’s Bookstore, Berkeley, CA). I went to hear Virgil Suarez, as well, but a hurricane had hit his mother’s house in Florida and he didn’t show. Attended.

  • 2005/06  “Rural in America,” book discussion program (Wyoming Humanities Council), Riverton Branch Library. Arranged and participated.

  • 2006 Author Tea with Karol Griffin Young, Central Wyoming College Library. Arranged and attended.

  • 2006 “Literary Connection between Readers and Writers” (Laramie County Community College Foundation and City Newsstand & Bookstore, Cheyenne): Connie May Fowler, Robert Michael Pyle, Rita Goldman Gelman, J.R. Moehringer, Virgil Suarez presentations. Attended.

  • 2006 “Many Americas,” book discussion program (Wyoming Humanities Council), Riverton Branch Library. Arranged and participated.

  • 2006 Wole Soyinka lecture (University of Wyoming). Above all, I remember his bushy white hair, and that his first name is pronounced “wooly”! Attended.

  • 2007 Author Tea with Theodore Judson, Central Wyoming College Library. Arranged and attended.

  • 2007 Wyoming Book Festival (Laramie County Library): Linda Hasselstrom “Ragtime Rhythm,” and Jeff Lockwood, “Nature Writing.” Attended.

  • 2007 Author Tea with Kari Grady Grossman, Central Wyoming College Library. Arranged and attended.

  • 2007 Wyoming Author Showcase (Central Wyoming College): Kathleen O’Neal Gear, W. Michael Gear, Robert Roripaugh, Craig Johnson, Eugene Gagliano, Jeffe Kennedy, Kent Stockton, Abbie Taylor, Karol Griffin Young, and many more. Assisted and attended.

  • 2007 “Writing Wyoming,” book discussion program (Wyoming Humanities Council), Riverton Branch Library. Arranged and participated.

  • 2008 Teresa Jordan (Central Wyoming College, Wyoming Humanities Council) presentation, reception, signing. Assisted, attended.

  • 2008 “Fences,” book discussion program (Wyoming Humanities Council), Riverton Branch Library. Arranged and participated.

  • 2008 Author Tea with John Washakie, Central Wyoming College Library. Arranged and attended.

  • 2009 N. Scott Momaday (Central Wyoming College, St. Stephens High School, Wyoming Indian High School, Fort Washakie School, Wyoming Humanities Council): “Establishing Good Relations: Recognizing what we have in common.” Arranged with his agent, attended and chauffeured.

  • 2009 Ted Kooser, Wyoming Writers, Inc., Conference (Casper): “Revision with the Reader in Mind.” Attended.

  • 2009 “Community and the Western Landscape”, book discussion program (Wyoming Humanities Council), Riverton Branch Library. Arranged and participated.

  • 2009 “Humanities Matter” conference, sponsored by Wyoming Humanities Council (Central Wyoming College). Attended.

  • 2010 Lee Ann Roripaugh. Wyoming Writers, Inc., Conference. Attended all three of her workshops.

  • 2010 One County, One Book (Mackie d’Arge’s Lifting the Sky), Fremont County Libraries. Discussions and public reading. Attended.

  • 2010 Served on Wyoming Writers, Inc., board: VP 2010-2011, President 2011-2012, Past President 2012-2013.

  • 2010 “Figureheads” [political series], book discussion program (Wyoming Humanities Council), Riverton Branch Library. Participated.

  • 2011 Wyoming Writers, Inc., Conference (Casper): Chris Fischbach. Attended.

  • 2011 Civility Matters” sponsored by Wyoming Humanities Council (Central Wyoming College): Naomi Shihab Nye presentation. Attended (and baked a pineapple upside-down cake, her favorite).

  • 2011 “Icons” book discussion program (Wyoming Humanities Council), Riverton Branch Library. Participated.

  • 2011 “Continuous Momentum: The Works of Bill T. Jones” by the Arnie Zane Dance Company (University of Wyoming, Central Wyoming College Diversity Committee). Arranged and attended.

  • 2012 Winona LaDuke (Central Wyoming College) presentation. Attended.

  • 2012 The Wyoming Writing Project affiliated with the National Writing Project funded for two decades by Congress (the Wyoming Department of Education in collaboration with the University of Wyoming). Writers and teachers of writing. Assisted and participated in Lander; coordinated four other events around the state; wrote up the experience in WyoWriter. My guest blog, a reproduction of that article, appears on Alethea (Chris) Williams’s site “Actually Alethea”: “Writers and Teachers of Writing Meet ~ And Both Get Inspired”

  • 2012 One County/Many Voices readings (Central Wyoming College, Wind River Tribal College, Riverton Branch Library). Assisted and participated.

  • 2012 Ladies Night Out: A showcase of Fremont County’s talented women in the arts (Riverton Branch Library). I read seven poems, between selections of music (harp, piano, song) and beside many works of art (pastels, mixed-media,  pottery, and lovely quilts). Participated.

  • 2012 West Thumb Poets reading at Yellowstone National Park (Lake Hotel sun room). Participated.

  • 2012 Equality State Book Festival (Casper College/ARTCORE Literary Conference): Patricia Frolander (“The Reviser’s Knife”), David Romtvedt, Brian Turner. Attended.

  • 2013 WyoPoets workshop (Casper’s Hilton Garden Inn): Katharine Coles “Beyond Epiphany.” Attended.

  • 2013 One County/Many Voices readings (Central Wyoming College, Wind River Tribal College, Riverton Branch Library). Created a Facebook site for these events. Assisted and participated.

  • 2013 Co-creator Westword Writers with Echo Klaproth.

  • 2013 “Memories of Heart Mountain,” by Sam Mihara. (Central Wyoming College Diversity Committee). Attended.

  • 2013 “Hot Topics”: Marijuana (Central Wyoming College Diversity Committee). Attended.

  • 2013 “Key Ingredients: America by Food” book discussion program (Wyoming Humanities Council), Riverton Branch Library. Arranged and participated.

  • 2013 “Key Ingredients,” book discussion program (Wyoming Humanities Council), Riverton Branch Library. Participated.

  • 2014 One County/Many Voices readings (Central Wyoming College, Wind River Tribal College, Riverton Branch Library). Assisted and participated.

  • 2014 Reading with others, under the spreading tree at the Riverton Museum. Participated.

  • 2014 Theodore Judson on “The World of Publishing” (Riverton Branch Library). Attended.

  • 2014 Equality State Book Festival (Casper College/ARTCORE Literary Conference): Nina McConigley, keynote. Attended.

  • 2014 “Muslim Journeys” book discussion program (Wyoming Humanities Council), Riverton Branch Library. Participated.

  • 2015 One County/Many Voices (Central Wyoming College, Riverton Branch Library, Wind River Tribal College) readings. Assisted and presented.

  • 2015 One County/Many Voices (Pioneer Museum, Lander): “Buffalo Soldiers in Fremont County” presentation. Assisted and attended.

  • 2015 One County/Many Voices (Pioneer Museum, Lander): Scottish heritage with bagpipe demonstration). Assisted and attended

  • 2015 Solo reading and presentation at the Riverton Museum. Presented.

  • 2015 Jackson Crawford (Riverton Branch Library) reading from his book The Poetic Edda: Stories of the Norse Gods and Heroes. Attended.

  • 2016 WyoPoets workshops: Linda Hasselstrom (Riverton Branch Library, reading), Riverton’s Holiday Inn, workshops. Hosted the reading; attended the workshops.

  • 2016 Wind River Tribal College Poetry Reading (Ethete). Presented.

  • 2016 “Journey Stories” book discussion program (Wyoming Humanities Council), Riverton Branch Library. Participated.

  • 2016 Wyoming Writers, Inc., conference (Wind River Casino, Riverton): Joseph Marshall III (keynote and workshop) and Lori Howe (poetry workshop). Attended.

  • 2016 Casper College Literary Conference “Migrations”: Linda Hogan and Julia Whyde. Attended.

  • 2016 “Glaring Issues Facing the United States” book discussion program (Wyoming Humanities Council), Riverton Branch Library. Assisted and participated.

  • 2016 Poetics of Peace International Women’s Day Celebration (Lander Community Center) readings. Participated.

  • 2016 Legends Bookstore: readings from Blood, Water, Wind, and Stone: An Anthology of Wyoming Writers, edited by Lori Howe.  Assisted and participated.

  • 2016 Poetics of Peace (Central Wyoming College) reading: “An Evening of Light and Grace” readings. Participated.

  • 2017 PALS (Promoting Arts in Lander Schools) guest-teaching on narrative to sixth graders; brief poetry reading. Presented.

  • 2017 Westword Writers reading (Riverton Branch Library): “Spring Fever.” Presented.