Author Biographies

Victoria Allek

Victoria Allek grew up in in Wyoming, where she earned the cancer survivor tag at age 12. Later, she pursued a Wisconsin teaching license and a Master’s in Communication. She taught high school English and public speaking for 14 years before moving to Iowa, where she completed her memoir. Currently, she mentors student teachers at Wichita State University, maintains a blog (www.writevictoria.com), and is pursuing representation for her memoir.  Victoria Allek is the pen name for a woman obsessed with people-watching and traveling; she would be hard-pressed to find something she couldn’t turn into a metaphor.

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Tom Hardy

T.G. Hardy spent what he considers his formative years in Rio de Janeiro. He has been a greenskeeper, sorority busboy, naval aviator, businessman and corporate headhunter. In 2006 he quit Manhattan for good and moved to Colorado, where he has devoted himself to learning the craft of writing literary fiction at Denver’s Lighthouse Writers Workshop and the Boulder Writing Studio. His short stories have been published by SpringGun Press, the Faircloth Review and O-Dark-Thirty.

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Susan Austin

Susan Austin lives and writes in Felt, Idaho. She has been employed as a biologist for a Hawaiian monk seal study, a foreign fisheries observer in the Bering Sea, a raptor biologist perched on high cliffs in the realm of bald eagles, and as a library assistant surrounded by books, books, books. Her writing has been published in Best New American Voices 2003, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Hanging Loose, Talking River Review, Southwestern American Literature, and the anthologies Leaning Into The Wind, and Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace, among others.

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Stephen Vletas

Vletas is the author of The Bahamas Fly-Fishing Guide (Lyons Press), and has written six editions of the Fodor’s Gold Guide Bahamas. He has also published numerous articles in national and international magazines on subjects ranging from finance and real estate to fly-fishing in salt water and wine tours in South America. Vletas wrote a weekly film review column for six years for the Jackson Hole News. A fly-fishing and powder skiing junkie, Vletas balances his time between homes in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Mendoza, Argentina. He is at work on a new novel; La Morocha.

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Peggy Shumaker

Peggy Shumaker has published seven books of poems and two chapbooks.  Her most recent collection is Toucan Nest: Poems of Costa Rica.  Her lyrical memoir is Just Breathe Normally.  Professor emerita from University of Alaska Fairbanks, she teaches in the Rainier Writing Workshop low-residency MFA program.  She lives in Fairbanks, Alaska.  Please visit her website at peggyshumaker.com.

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Patti Sherlock

Patti Sherlock’s most recent book, a memoir, A Dog for All Seasons, was published by St. Martin’s Press. She has published two other nonfiction books for the general market. Her youth book, Letters from Wolfie, Viking, was nominated for two literary prizes in Japan, selected for the “One-City, One-Book” event in Westminster, CO and Solano CA, and nominated for the Rebecca Caudill award and California Young Reader’s Medal. It recently came out as an audio book. She has published two other novels for youth, Some Fine Dog and Four of a Kind (Holiday House).  She is a resident faculty member of the Jackson Hole Writer’s Conference.

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Mike Lewis-Beck

Mike Lewis-Beck writes and works in Iowa City.  He has published in Albatross, Ann Arbor Review, Blood Lotus Journal, The Cortland Review, Chariton Review, Poetry Quarterly, New Writer, and Wapsipinicon Almanac, among other venues.  He has a novel, Death Walks the Riviera, that recently appeared with Catstep Press.  His essay, “My Cherry Orchard in Iowa,” just received recognition as one of the ‘Notable Essays of 2010’ in Best American Essays of 2011.

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Matt Daly

Matt Daly’s poetry appears or is forthcoming in The Cortland Review, Open Window Review, Owen Wister Review, Pilgrimage, and you are here.  He is the author of Wild Nature and the Human Spirit: a Field Guide to Journal Writing in Nature and has published short fiction and essays in several publications including: To Everything On Earth.  In 2013, he received a creative writing fellowship in poetry from the Wyoming Arts Council.  Matt lives in Jackson Hole with his wife and son.

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Lisa Zimmerman

Lisa Zimmerman’s poetry and short stories have appeared in Indiana Review, Colorado Review, Poet Lore and Cave Wall, among other journals. Her most recent collection is Snack Size: Poems (Mello Press). She is an associate professor of English at the University of Northern Colorado and lives with her family in Fort Collins.

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Lisa Lorraine Carson

Lisa Lorraine Carson is a recent graduate of the University of the South. She lives in Jackson Hole Wyoming.

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