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New York Times Bestselling author Craig Johnson has received high praise for his Sheriff Walt Longmire novels which have received a superfecta of starred reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, Publishers Weekly, and Library Journal. The seven books have garnered awards such as the Wyoming Historical Association’s Book of the Year, the Western Writer’s of America Spur Award as well as the Mountains and Plains book of the year.
Johnson’s novels have been translated into numerous languages and have won the Le Prix du Polar Nouvel Observateur/Bibliobs, and the Le Prix 813.
The books are now being produced as a television series this year entitled Longmire for the A&E Network starring Robert Taylor, Lou Diamond Phillips and Katee Sackoff. Warner Horizon is the studio and Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning Greer Shephard and Michael Robin (The Shephard/Robin Company) are executive producing alongside writers John Coveny and Hunt Baldwin.
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.
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.
Laurie Gunst is the author of Born Fi’ Dead: A Journey through the Jamaican Posse Underworld and Off-White. Born Fi’ Dead is the account of her ten years with Jamaican drug gangs in Kingston and New York. Off-White is her memoir of growing up between three cultures: Southern, Jewish, and African American. She is a recent graduate of the Master of Science program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University.
Bill Fitzhugh is the award-winning author of nine satiric crime novels. His most recent is The Exterminators, (the sequel to Pest Control). The New York Times said, "Fitzhugh is in a league with Carl Hiaasen and Elmore Leonard... he is a strange and deadly amalgam of screenwriter and comic novelist.” According to Entertainment Weekly: "Fitzhugh's darkly comic novels aren't really mysteries so much as social lampoons." The late Molly Ivins said, "Fitzhugh is a seriously funny guy." Film rights to two of his novels have been sold to Warner Brothers and Universal Studios. Translated into six languages, Fitzhugh is currently adapting a Peter Straub short story for PCH Films.
John Byrne Cooke
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. He is currently working on a memoir about his years as Janis Joplin's road manager, and promises "Three more books by 2020."
Bobbie Pyron is the author of the teen novel, The Ring (Westside Books, 2009), the award-winning A Dog's Way Home (HarperCollins, 2011) and the newly released, The Dogs of Winter (Scholastic, 2012), and the forthcoming Lucky Strike (Scholastic, 2014). She lives in Park City, Utah, with her husband, three dogs, and two cats.
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.
Mark Hummel's fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in numerous literary journals including The Bloomsbury Review, Dogwood, Fugue, Talking River Review, Weber: The Contemporary West, and Zone 3. He spent twenty years teaching fiction and essay writing in college classrooms, directing writing programs, and administrating a writers’ conference. Hummel is the editor of the online nonfiction magazine bioStories (www.biostories.com). An adjunct faculty member at Journeys School in Jackson, WY, his current writing is focused on novel length fiction.
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.
Tina Welling is the author of the novels Fairy Tale Blues and Crybaby Ranch, published by NAL/Penguin. She has lived in Wyoming 30 years and resides in Jackson Hole. Her non-fiction has been published in The Writer, Body & Soul, and other national magazines as well as four anthologies. She has won awards and writers residencies and has served as judge for writing competitions and on panels for writers' conferences. She conducts creative writing workshops wherever invited. Her latest novel, Cowboys Never Cry, was published in the fall of 2010.
Laurie Kutchins has published two previous books of poetry. The Night Path (BOA Editions, 1997) received the inaugural Isabella Gardner Award and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, and Between Towns was winner of the Texas Tech University Press First Book Award in 1993. Her poems have been published widely in anthologies and periodicals, including The New Yorker, The Georgia Review, Kenyon Review, Southern Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, West Branch, and Denver Quarterly. Kutchins has also published prose essays in The Georgia Review, LIT, and in the anthologies A Tough and Tender Kinship, and A Place on Earth: Nature Writers from North America and Australia.
She teaches in the Creative Writing Program at James Madison University. She has also been a visiting writer at the University of New Mexico, and a faculty member of the Taos Summer Writers Conference where she offers workshops exploring the intersection of the creative and therapeutic processes.
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.
Deborah Turrell Atkinson
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.
Christian Burch has worked in various capacities with children in the Jackson area for more than 15 years. In addition to teaching, Christian is a self-taught painter and the author of the Josette Frank Award and Stonewall Award winning book, The Manny Files and its sequel, Hit the Road, Manny. Both were Lambda Literary Award Finalists.
Tiffanie DeBartolo started her career as a screenwriter and filmmaker, writing and directing Dream for an Insomniac, which starred Ione Skye and Jennifer Aniston. Her first novel, God-Shaped Hole, was released in 2001; her second novel, How To Kill a Rock Star. She most recently finished writing the text to a graphic novel about Jeff Buckley, tentatively titled So Real: The Adventures of Jeff Buckley.
Shawn Klomparens is he author of the novels Jessica Z and Two Years, No Rain. He studied English literature and geological sciences at Ohio University before moving to Wyoming.
Catherine McKenzie was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. An avid runner and skier, she is the author of the international bestsellers, Spin and Arranged. Spin and Arranged, and her third novel, Forgotten, will be published in the U.S. by William Morrow in 2012. The beauty of the Tetons and the conference's unique style make her proud to be part of the "local" conference faculty. She is at work on her fourth novel.