Diane Panozzo is an educator, poet and writer. She lives part time on the XX Ranch in Tie Siding and part time in Laramie where she teaches classes in the UW Honors English program. She, also, teaches an interdisciplinary class in the UW Art Museum, and an acting class for the UW Theatre Department. She has taught in Wyoming for over 30 years as English teacher, drama teacher/director, speech and debate teacher/coach. Panozzo has won three literary awards from the Wyoming Arts Council; in 2003 she was awarded a literary prize in poetry; in 2011 she won honorable mention in nonfiction, and in 2012, she won honorable mention in fiction. She has taught creative writing at the high school level for over twenty-five years. She was the originator of the Words Worth Symposium, which ran for fifteen years bringing professional writers to Laramie County School District No. 1 to work with students on their writing. She presented the first poetry slams for kids in Cheyenne at Joe Pages Bookstore. She was nominated for the Governor’s Arts Awards in 2003 for her working with students’ writing. She is currently working on a series of short stories set on the Wind River Indian Reservation and she is working on a nonfiction book about a wildlife biologist’s relationship to the Red Desert of Wyoming.