Resident Faculty

Craig Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Walt Lomgmire novels, which are the basis for Longmire, the hit A&E-TV drama, the highest rated scripted series in the network’s history. The Cold Dish won Le Prix du Polar Noir, Death Without Company, the Wyoming Historical Association’s Book of the Year, and Another Man’s Moccasins, the winner of both the Western Writers of America’s Spur Award and the Mountains and Plains Book of the Year. The Dark Horse was a Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of the Year and Hell Is Empty was selected by Library Journal as the Best Mystery of the Year and was a NY Times bestseller along with the next in the series, As The Crow Flies. A Serpent’s Tooth, the ninth Longmire novel, debuted at #16 on the NY Times printed list. Johnson lives in Ucross, Wyoming, population twenty-five.

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.

Kyle Mills is the New York Times bestselling author of ten political thrillers. He initially found inspiration from his father, a former FBI agent and director of Interpol, who is still able to put Kyle in touch with the people who give his books such realism. He also co-authors thrillers with the late Robert Ludlum. Avid rock climbers and mountain bikers, he and his wife have lived in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, for fifteen years but these days are running for warmer climates in the winter.

John Byrne Cooke won a Spur Award for his first novel, The Snowblind Moon. He is the author of two more historical novels, South of the Border and The Committee of Vigilance. He created and wrote the documentary series Outlaws and Lawmen for the Discovery Channel. His first book of nonfiction, Reporting the War: Freedom of the Press from the American Revolution to the War on Terrorism, was published in 2007. John's memoir of his 3 years as Janis Joplin's road manager, Full Tilt Boogie, will be published next year by Berkley Books

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.

Assignments have taken him to all continents except Antarctica, to report on panda research in China, apartheid’s impact on the national parks of South Africa, volcano surfing in Russia, Buddhist pilgrims in Tibet, the nature reserves of Costa Rica, India’s last working elephants, throat-singing reindeer nomads in Mongolia, the survival of mountain gorillas of Congo during the Rwandan genocide, and more.

His book Himalayan Passage won the first Barbara Savage Award for adventure writing; it’s recently been called a “classic of Himalayan travel as it used to be.” He figures that just means it’s an old book. Other awards include the 1992 Lowell Thomas Award for travel writing (in National Geographic Traveler), and the Ranger Rick John Strohm Award for children’s writing.

A graduate of McGill University in History and Law, Catherine McKenzie practices law in Montreal, where she was born and raised. An avid skier and runner, Catherine’s novels, Spin, Arranged and Forgotten have all been international bestsellers. Her fourth novel, Hidden was released in 2013 in Canada and is forthcoming the spring of 2014 in the US. Her novels have been translated into French, German, Czech, Slovak and Polish. And if you want to know how she has time to do all that, the answer is: robots.

Patti Sherlock's latest book, A Dog for All Seasons, St. Martin's, 2010, describes her years with Duncan, a border collie who helped her on an Idaho sheep farm and saw her through many cycles of change. Sherlock has written two other nonfiction books and three novels for young adults. Letters from Wolfie, Penguin-Putnam, which won numerous awards, told the story of a 13-year-old boy who volunteered his dog to be a scout dog during the Vietnam war. Her other books are Taking Back Our Lives, a meditation book, Some Fine Dog and Four of a Kind, Holiday House, and Alone on the Mountain, Doubleday, which chronicled the life of western shepherds.

Laurie Kutchins is the author of three books of poems: Slope of the Child Everlasting (BOA Editions Ltd., 2007), The Night Path (BOA Editions) and Between Towns (Texas Tech University Press). The Night Path received the Isabella Gardner Award and was a Pulitzer nomination for Poetry in 1997. Her poems have appeared widely in anthologies and periodicals, including The New Yorker, The Kenyon Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, Orion, The Georgia Review, The Southern Review, West Branch and other places. Her nonfiction has been published in The Georgia Review, LIT, Urthona and in anthologies A Place on Earth: Nature Writing from Australia and North America; Woven on the Wind; and Let There Be Night: Testimony on Behalf of the Dark. Kutchins teaches creative writing at James Madison University in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, and spends her summers along the Wyoming-Idaho border, near an area of the country where she grew up and to which she keeps her roots. She offers private workshops that nurture interconnections among creativity, ecological imagination and healing.

Tina Welling is the author of WRITING WILD, Forming A Creative Partnership With Nature, and the novels Crybaby Ranch, Fairy Tale Blues, and Cowboys Never Cry. Her essays have been published in Shambhala Sun, The Writer, Body & Soul, and other national magazines, as well as four anthologies. She conducts creative writing and journal keeping workshops around the country. Welling resides in Jackson Hole.

Lise McClendon is the author of nine novels starting with The Bluejay Shaman in 1994. Her recent novels are Blackbird Fly, Jump Cut, and the latest, All Your Pretty Dreams, new adult fiction about a family polka band. She co-runs Thalia Press and is a member of Mystery Writers of America and International Association of Crime Writers. She lives in Montana.

Susan Marsh is a naturalist and award-winning writer living in Jackson, Wyoming. Her writing has appeared in Orion, North American Review, Fourth Genre, Talking River Review, Weber Studies, North Dakota Quarterly, and numerous other journals. Her work has been anthologized in books including The Leap Years (Beacon Press, 2001), Going Alone (Seal Press, 2004), Open Windows (Ghost Road Press, 2005), Solo (Seal Press, 2005), and A Mile in Her Boots (Solas House, 2006). She received the 2003 Neltje Blanchan Memorial Award, awarded by the Wyoming Arts Council. Her non-fiction books include Beyond the Tetons (White Willow, 2009), Stories of the Wild (The Murie Center, 2001), Targhee Trails (White Willow, summer 2012), The Wild Wyoming Range (Laguna Wilderness Press, 2013). Her novel War Creek (MP Publishing) and her memoir, A Hunger for High Country from Oregon State University Press, are scheduled for publication this year.

Inspired by Tony Hillerman’s tales of the Navajo, Deborah Turrell Atkinson writes novels that weave the legends and folklore of the Hawaiian Islands into suspenseful mysteries, a perspective of Hawaii the tour books never show. The series consists of four novels, Primitive Secrets (2002), The Green Room (2005), Fire Prayer, (2007), and Pleasing the Dead (2009).

Atkinson lives in Honolulu and is president of the Hawaii chapter of Sisters in Crime. She also serves on the board of the SoCal chapter of Mystery Writers of America. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and a recipient of the University of Hawaii’s Meryl Clark Award for Fiction.

David Riley Bertsch, a native of Pittsburgh, graduated from Penn State and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Since 2009 he has lived in Jackson, Wyoming, where he is a professional fly-fishing guide. He is the author of Death Canyon and River of No Return, the first installments in the Jake Trent novels, set in Jackson Hole.