Marta Lane is writing her first novel, a contemporary women’s fiction about a poet who reinvents herself in middle-age. She also organizes Write Brain, a monthly writing workshop offered by Pikes Peak Writers.
She is a freelance writer who has contributed to The San Francisco Chronicle, Hawaiian Airlines, Jazzercise, Hana Hou!, AAA Hawaii, Edible Hawaiian Islands and more. For more than four years, her columns “Tastes of Kauai” and “On the Farm” ran every week in MidWeek Kauai and The Garden Island newspaper.
Marta was on the organizing committee for the 2017 Kauai Writers Conference, was under representation by Andy Ross Agency for a tropical fruit cookbook and was an intern for agent Elizabeth Kracht of Kimberly Cameron and Associates.
She is the founder of Tasting Kauai Food Tours and the author of “Tasting Kauai: Restaurants - An Insider’s Guide to Eating Well on the Garden Island,” which is also available as an interactive app.
Marta and her husband, Daniel, live in Colorado Springs.
Stephen Lefebure’s poems have appeared in many literary and environmental publications, including Birmingham Poetry Review, ISLE, Kansas Quarterly, Weber Studies, Wilderness Magazine, and the anthology Wild Song: Poems of the Natural World. Nine of his poems have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and one, “Arches,” was set to music by a classical composer. Lefebure lives and writes in Evergreen, Colorado, and travels widely in the U.S. and abroad.
Poetry by Stephen Lefebure may be found in his book, Rocks Full of Sky, and in two anthologies of American nature poetry, Wild Song, and Going Down Grand. He has lived in New Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and other places. He currently resides in Evergreen Colorado with his wife, Aidalyn. His poems about the National Parks and other places in the Four Corners States were among his most famous. One, “Arches,” was set to music by classical composer Winifred Hyson on a commission for the International Pen Women society.
Rocks Full of Sky by Stephen Lefebure
Oxford University: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment
Weber Studies collection of place poems
Westview - Cash Entry Silver Mine
George Hail Library Poem of the Day
Bangalore University Review: poem: Mandir
"Orpheus" in Bombay Review September 2020
Weber Journal Fall 2021, scroll to pages 91-93
El Portal Journal (Eastern New Mexico University) Page 128
The Trumpeter Journal from Athabasca University in Alberta
Bears Ears Monument
The South Kaibab Trail
In Time of Plague
After teaching fourth grade and remedial reading for fifteen years, Cheryl Miller taught language-related classes and worked part time in the learning lab at Colorado Northwestern Community College for another 18 years. She retired in 2008 to continue pursuing her philosophy of “We’re here to learn.”
While teaching, she joined writing groups and took creative writing classes wherever available. Her poetry, essays, short stories, book reviews, and how-to articles have appeared in numerous local and regional publications and national periodicals including Farm Wife News, The Reading Teacher, Quick and Easy Quilting, Country Woman, and Colorado Life. In 2013 she won the Pikes Peak Branch National League of American Pen Women Flash Fiction Contest. Her first collection of poetry, The Spirit of Trees, was published in 2018. In 2022 she published a picture book titled Howard Is NOT a Coward: How the Marmot Got Its Whistle.
Along with writing she does needlework, gardens, walks, and practices qigong. Book and writers' groups and her family complete her blessed and busy life.
Marilyn K. Moody is a poet from the Denver area. Two of her poems are included in a 2020 Colorado Book Award winner, Rise: An Anthology of Change, published by Northern Colorado Writers. She has also published poems in Fresh Starts: Tales from the Pikes Peak Writers, Progenitor Art & Literary Journal, and The Great Isolation: Colorado Creativity in the Time of the Pandemic. Her poem, “Bomb Friday at the Library,” is a 2020 Pushcart Prize nominee.
Vaughn Neeld, Cañon City, Colorado, a free-lance writer/editor, is currently exploring the intricacies of writing creative prose and poetry. She has earned several awards for writing as well as for artwork. Her work has appeared in the Lakota Times, the Fort Leavenworth Lamp, The Leavenworth Times, CañonBeat, and the Cañon City Daily Record, among others. She is active in the Poetry Society of Colorado (PSC), serving as the director of the Quarterly Contests and editor for PSC’s annual Poets’ Showcase. Before her retirement in 2006, she was the Supervisory Editor for Military Review, the Army’s professional journal. She has been listed in Who’s Who of American Women and Who’s Who in Printing and Publications. She holds a B.A. in Liberal Studies with minors in Art, English, and History from the University of Saint Mary, Leavenworth, Kansas.
My collection, I May or May Not Love You was published April 2, 2020 from Ice Cube Press. I was awarded First Prize for the poem “I Should Have No Doubts” in the Poetry Society’s Ann Woodbury Hafen poetry contest in 1972, when I studied under the poet William Tillson. Encouraged by my artist mother I started writing poems as soon as I could read and write and have continued ever since. I owned two bookstores in Denver, before I moved east to pursue a career in book publishing in Philadelphia, New York, and Washington, DC; at Oxford University Press (USA), University of Illinois Press, and Georgetown University Press among others, where it was my pleasure to work with many award-winning poets including Mark Doty, Miller Williams, David Wagoner, and Lorna Goodison among them. I’m a published amateur Tchaikovsky scholar, and as a consequence it is the music of words that matter to me, the banging of consonants, the rolling vowels, the assonance and alliteration and those contrapuntally chimed rhymes, off-key and off-kilter that delight me. And cats. No poet’s life is complete without cats.
Curtis Pierce was born in Whiteville, North Carolina and moved to Colorado in 1983. He once dreamed of writing music, film, and book reviews for newspapers and magazines. But, in 2006 he discovered a passion for poetry and has been honing his skills ever since. Curtis is also a member of the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, the Lighthouse Writers Workshop and the Sundance Institute. When the Regis University graduate is not reading or writing, he works as a management analyst for the federal government. Curtis is currently working on his first chapbook. He blogs about music, films and books at http://mygraymorning.blogspot.com/
SANDI RAE RHYNARD is Webmaster and Past President of the Poetry Society of Colorado. Since 2014, Rhynard has been a youth liaison for the PSC and has sponsored a Youth Poetry Contest each April. Sandi’s passion is “Finding the magic in the every day.” She has been a closet poet for over 30 years.
Susan Rocco-McKeel, J.D. is one of the authors of Chronicles of Douglas County, Colorado (The History Press). She is a founding member of the Castle Rock Writers nonprofit corporation, serving on its conference planning committee. She develops and conducts workshops on poetry and other writing topics.
Susan started writing poetry around age ten. Although she has published poetry, the inspiration and objective of most of her poetry has been for personal reflection, observation recording, or to explore human experiences, including the commemoration of loved ones’ struggles and triumphs.
Joining the Poetry Society of Colorado marks a new chapter in her poetry where she welcomes the challenge to write around a theme and sharing with other poets.
Susan’s professional writing background includes legal briefs, governmental publications, project/grant proposals and evaluations, charters, organizational training materials and integrated curriculum.
Sarah Russell’s poetry and fiction have been published in Kentucky Review, Misfit Magazine, Rusty Truck, Third Wednesday, and many other journals and anthologies. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee. She has two poetry collections published by Kelsay Books, I lost summer somewhere and Today and Other Seasons. Her novella The Ballerina Swan Lake Mobile Homes Country Club Motel will be published in Fall, 2021 by Running Wild Press. She blogs at SarahRussellPoetry.net.
Alana continues her journey as a poet and writer. When she wrote a poem as a tribute to her husband on their 50th Wedding Anniversary over three years ago, she realized that writing poetry was a joyful and rewarding process for her. She looks forward to continuing to write and evolve as a poet.
Alana grew up in Winslow, Arizona and married her childhood sweetheart, Brian, also from Winslow. She and Brian graduated from the University of Northern Arizona, moved on to Los Angeles for a few years and now live in Centennial, Colorado. They have two grown, married sons and one granddaughter, all living in the Denver area.
Alana spent almost thirty years working as an administrator for two independent schools in Denver and is now retired. In addition to writing poetry, she also enjoys traveling with her husband, reading, gardening, and playing pickleball and mahjongg.
In 2015, she won First Place in Poetry in Arapahoe Community College’s Writer’s Studio Student Club Contest, and her winning poem was published in their 2016 Art and Literary Journal, Progenitor.
I was all of seven years old when I thought I might like to see my name printed on the byline of a story. It seemed that, even then, I was beginning to understand the incredible power of language: to both express knowledge,imagination, feelings, and ideas as well as provide them from others. It turns out my second grade teacher would make my byline ambition real by printing editions of “The Second Grade Times” that featured our publication-level written efforts for respective familial audiences.
It seemed a lifelong affair with the written word, in a variety of formats, had begun for this Colorado native. A few of the highlights thus far have included being awarded in a D.A.R.E. essay contest in my early teens, serving as a summer intern for the Mancos Times-Tribune newspaper during high school thanks to a grant from the Colorado Press Association, being awarded a scholarship from the Fort Lewis College English Department for my active role in the creative writing club, poetry publication in five editions of Images (Fort Lewis College’s literary arts magazine), printing a chapbook of short creative pieces entitled A Mancos-Grown Soul in 2004, and, most recently, having a poem entitled “You Told Me” selected for publication in the April 2014 of Poetry While You Wait.
When not involved in putting ink to paper or reading, I can be found giving my greatest effort to providing the best possible early learning experiences to a class of toddlers, pursuing my philanthropic or health-related ideals (occasionally both simultaneously), or celebrating life by means of new, enriching, adventurous experiences.
Gloria Viglione has been collecting her writings over the last two decades. Her membership with the PCS, since 2016, has been the first time she's rubbed elbows with “real poets,” and has found wonderful kinship here! She sees the creative process as a soul-renewing and world-sustaining act of courage and joy. It is in those moments, Gloria feels, when something “lights up,” that a poem is first conceived--then waits to be articulated.
Between her professional education and life-long studies in areas like Botanical Illustration, the body-mind-spirit-connection, color, biography/life cycles, puppetry/storytelling, gardening, music….. all these things have helped to form Gloria’s capacities for observation.
Gloria's background includes intimate patient care as an neurological-based Occupational Therapy, and a certified Music-Thanatologist, and the healing arts using live deliveries of harp/voice, the spoken word, and images to support interior retreat work, celebrations, and individual transitions. Her practice is called “Instruments of Peace.”
Cheryl is a second generation P.S.C. member, as her grandmother was a long standing member. Her grandmother’s name along with others is written on P.S.C’s Letters of Incorporation (December of nineteen-sixty-two) as directors for the first year.
Cheryl lives in Arvada. She has one son, a granddaughter, and two great grandsons, that live in Denver.
She’s been a member of PSC for thirty years and during that length of time has held most of its positions. She was president from 1987-1989 and then again from 1993-1995. At present she is the Open Contest Director and Poets Showcase Editor.
Cheryl has self published two books, Of Time and Space and The Little Book of Limericks.
Gay Williford, a Connecticut Yankee, hails from Athens, GA., where she lived for 43 years until recently moving to Lakewood, Co in May of 2014. After retiring from elementary teaching in 1997, she found time to reflect, write and discover a love of poetry. She belonged to several critique groups in the Athens area, had her own group and has been published in several GA. Poetry Society and writing guild books and one magazine. She attempts many forms of poetry and finds its pursuit both challenging and enjoyable.
My book, Poetry for People Who Don't Like It, was published in October 2017, as a 100th birthday gift to my mother. It includes several poems published by Waving Hands Review, the journal of arts and literature of Colorado Northwestern Community College, two of which were chosen for the Editor's Choice for Poetry award. Most of my poetry is free verse, often inspired by experiences my husband and I have enjoyed while traveling the world, though one of our nine grandchildren shows up occasionally. We have a new great grandson who promises to supply more poetry.
After years of skiing, golf is now my sport of choice. Knitting, cooking, and baking keep my hands busy, when I am not writing poetry. Reading and doing Sudokus are also pleasures.
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