Thursday, August 31, 2006
WILTSE GETS WESTERN: Montana author Duane Wiltse will talk about his book “Gittin’ Western: A True Adventure of Spirit, Mind and Body” on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 7 p.m., at the Laramie County Public Library in Cheyenne. FMI: 307-634-3561. The Cheyenne Family YMCA Writer’s Voice presents a writing workshop with Duane on Thursday, Sept. 7, 7-8:30 p.m. FMI: Chris Shay, 307-634-9622. Both events are free and open to the public. In the book, Duane describes the steps that led him from life in the big city to a career as a hunting guide and outfitter near Cody.
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
NEW STORIES FROM ABBOTT: All Things, All at Once: New and Selected Stories from W.W. Norton is Lee K. Abbott’s sixth (or maybe seventh) book of short stories. I’ve been hooked on Abbott since reading his collection, Strangers in Paradise. I picked up a copy at a library used book sale and read the whole thing in a few days. It was the cover that drew me in. It features a painting of a southern N.M. landscape. In the forefront, is a cow skull leaning against a sign for “Deming, N.M.” At the time, I was on a mission to read all the Rocky Mountain region fiction writers, especially crafters of fine stories. People like Arizona’s Ron Carlson, one-time Montanan Richard Ford, ex-corporate guy (like me) Rick DeMarinis, Tobias Wolff (who grew up Utah and Washington), Raymond Carver, and anyone else who claimed affiliation with the West’s big square states. Abbott’s stories were about Vietnam vets, mechanics, ex-jocks, bad husbands, and other regular folks. He could inhabit them like a soul, and convincingly give voice to their inner struggles. That’s a real gift – and makes for compelling storytelling. I just read a new story by Abbott, “Gravity,” in the fall 2005 issue of The Georgia Review. It begins this way: “They grab her -- Tanya, my fourteen-year-old daughter -- early in the afternoon from the sidewalk outside the north entrance to J. C. Penney’s at the Mimbres Valley Mall.” Gets your attention. Abbott divides his time between N.M. and a teaching job at Ohio State University.
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
NEW NOVEL FROM MILLS: Jackson writer and rock climber Kyle Mills has just released his latest thriller, “The Second Horseman.” This is his eighth novel. The best-selling “Fade” from 2005 is now out in paperback. On his web site, Mills notes that you can get a signed copy of any of his books at the independent Valley Bookstore in Jackson. Read an excerpt from “The Second Horseman” by going to Mills' web site.
Monday, August 28, 2006
BRANCHING OUT: For the first time this fall, I’ll be supervising the Wyoming Arts Council performing arts fellowships. I also will be in charge of the Individual Artists Professional Development grants for performers. The change comes in the wake of Rita Basom’s move to head of the WAC. She used to be the program specialist for performing arts and grants to organizations. This switch doesn’t come easy for me -- a lit guy of long-standing. Most state arts agencies have one person for all the individual grants categories. It's rare to have an employee dedicated to writers and writing. So, I give up that position with regret. I’ll learn the ins and outs of the performing arts as I go -- OJT.

This year’s fellowship categories are theatre and dance performance. I will select two fellowship judges with the appropriate expertise, and then I’ll write and edit the fellowship application form. Once all the proper paperwork and videos, DVDs, cassettes, diskettes, and assorted electronic files have been collected from the applicants, I will preview the work for the judges. They will decide on the two winners, each of whom will receive a $2,500 stipend. The deadline will be a little later than it has been (mid- to late-October), so obviously the recipients can’t be announced at the annual WyAA block-booking conference Oct. 6-8 in Gillette.

Next year at this time, I will add the visual arts fellowships/IAPD grants to my assignments in lit and performing arts. This year’s round of V.A. awards is being supervised by Liliane Francuz before she heads off to a new position as curator at the Wyoming State Museum in two weeks. This conglomeration of artists’ awards will allow me to use the title of Wyoming Exalted Grand Poobah of the Individual Arts, or WEGPIA. Or maybe that’s “individual arts specialist.” As I absorb these additional duties, I may have to jettison some of the tasks I have now, such as Writers in Electronic Residence (WIER) and/or Poetry Out Loud (POL). Time will tell.
Sunday, August 27, 2006
BLUE LEAF PUBLISHES ZELLER "NOUVELLE:" Writer Penny Zeller from Sheridan has announced that her new e-book entitled "The Decision" was released this week by traditional publisher Blue Leaf Publications Indigo Blue Division. Penny's publisher describes the e-book as a "nouvelle," a work of from 1,500 to 6,000 words.
Saturday, August 26, 2006
GET YOUR ONGOING GRANT APPS: The Wyoming Arts Council’s book for ongoing grants is now available at the web site. Go to the home page and find the link in the “news” section. It includes guidelines, application, final report, and our new artists’ roster. There are six categories for ongoing grants: Tumblewords, Arts Across Wyoming, Arts Access, Folk Arts, Open Door, and Technology in the Arts. You can get printable forms now for upcoming events. Or, if you want to wait, our “Cybergrants” system should be up and running before mid-September. More details soon....
Friday, August 25, 2006
“NAKED” KICKS OFF BOOK SERIES: The Laramie County Public Library, 2800 Central Ave. in Cheyenne, is offering a new book discussion series this fall. Writer and baker Sara Burlingame leads the discussions, which take place on Sundays at 2 p.m. in the library's Pioneer Room. Registration is already underway for the first selection, David Sedaris's "Naked." Discussion of that book takes place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17. The other books in this series are Minnie Bruce Pratt's "Rebellion" (Oct. 15) and Thomas Glave's "Whose Song?" (Nov. 12). Readers are welcome to participate in one, two or all three sessions. Open to the entire community, books will be provided free approximately one month before each discussion. Readers will receive the book when they register at the library’s information desk. Materials for this series are paid for by grants from the Matthew Shepard Foundation and the Friends of the Albany County Library.
Thursday, August 24, 2006
MUSIC TO READ BY: From the Aug. 21 Publishers Lunch e-mail newsletter: “Over the weekend, the Wall Street Journal looked at books that come with soundtracks -- sometimes formally packaged with the book, sometimes informally posted on the web. The idea is that as they read, people can listen to music that matches the mood of the books. In some cases, the songs are mentioned in the books themselves; in others, the lyrics mirror themes or plot points. James Patterson spent $100,000 commissioning a CD for one of his “Maximum Ride” titles, and 100,000 CDs were sent to radio stations and given away as promos. One byproduct of the book soundtrack trend has been the transformation of a grassroots music blog into a coveted marketing slot…. The blog, called Largehearted Boy, features a running series called 'Book Notes.' About once a week, an author of a recent book posts a list of songs that inspired the work or that readers might want to listen to as they turn the pages."
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
SPENCE ADDED TO BOOKFEST: Here’s the most recent addition to the line-up for Casper’s Equality State Book Festival: UW history professor Phil Roberts will interview internationally-known Jackson attorney and author Gerry Spence on the topic of “Can Books Win the Culture Wars?” This free event will take place at 4-5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, at a Casper location TBA.
Monday, August 21, 2006
ART AND BOOKS MEET AT BOOKFEST: "The Story Within: A Dialogue Among Artists" will be on display at the Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper during the Equality State Book Festival Oct. 19-21. It’s a round-robin, cooperative project involving "books" (if you want to see what that means, you’ll need to come see the objects) by artists Laura Guinan, Linda Lyman, Sharon Merschat, Sue Sommers, Nancy Stroh, Amber Battista Olson, Becky O'Bannon, Bronwyn Minton, Caren Hegna, Dianne Dorsey, Donna Wilson, Elizabeth Prosapio, Florence McEwin, Helen Hoff, Helen Brown, Holly Bishop, Jean Gumpper, Liliane Francuz, Linda Nix, Linda Ryan, LuDel Deal, Stephanie Painter, Sonja Huff, and Susan Thulin.
Sunday, August 20, 2006
NORTH TO ALASKA: Wyoming Writers, Inc., may be losing one of its in-state members -- but it’s gaining a far-flung correspondent. Cheyenne’s Barbara Wild, who stepped down in June as the WWI president, has taken a job in Alaska. Some details from Barbara: "I am still a member of WWI and hope to write some articles for the newsletter about experiences from the frozen north. I will be at the Maniilaq Health Center working with the Inupiat people in a 35-bed hospital, plus flying to remote (as if Kotzebue is not remote!) villages from time to time. One can Google Maniilaq Association Health Center and see where I will be. Andi Hummel in Hulett tells me I can be a member of the Bear Lodge Writers, Polar Bear Division. Pretty cool, huh? No pun intended."
Saturday, August 19, 2006
WARHOL’S WESTERN CONNECTIONS: Artist Andy Warhol is often known more for his excesses than his art. However, two recent exhibitions at WYO museums offer some new perspectives on Warhol. First came the show at the Nicolaysen in Casper that was part of a national touring exhibition. And now the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson is featuring "Silent Spring: Andy Warhol’s Endangered Species and Vanishing Animals." It includes a red-and-white Giant Panda and, according to the excellent exhibition brochure, an African Elephant in "pop pink, recalling not only the stereotypical imagery of delirium tremens but also Walt Disney’s Fantasia." Matt Wrbican, an archivist at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh (the artist’s hometown), wrote the catalog narrative. He reports that Warhol owned 40 acres of land near Carbondale, Colorado (30 miles from Aspen) for which he had a registered cattle brand. I wonder if the prolific Warhol designed the brand? I have a vision of cattle wandering the High Plains with pop art soup cans embossed on their rumps. But, according to Matt, the ranch’s brand was a bit more traditional – "A Lazy W." By the way, when you’re in Pittsburgh, make sure to leave some time to visit the Warhol Museum. The exhibits are excellent, and you learn the real story behind the artist and his work.
Friday, August 18, 2006
FELLOWSHIP WINNERS ANNOUNCED: The recipients of the 2007 WAC creative writing fellowships in poetry are Jane Wohl, Sheridan; Myra L. Peak, Green River; and Jeffe Kennedy, Laramie. Honorable mentions go to Pat Frolander, Sundance; and Chavawn Kelley, Laramie. Rosemary Daniell, poet and memoirist from Savannah, Georgia, was the judge for this year’s competition. All fellowship applicants are invited to register for Rosemary’s “Zona Rosa” workshop set for Saturday, Oct. 21, 9 a.m.-noon, during the Equality State Book Festival/Casper College Literary Conference in Casper. Fee is $40 for non-students, $20 for students.

Here are details about the fellowship winners and honorable mentions:

Jane Elkington Wohl’s winning entry was entitled “Iraq Poems.” Her first book, "Beasts in Snow," came out last year, and it was named this week as the winner of the "Willa Award" (named after Nebraska’s Willa Cather) from Women Writing the West. The book recently received a glowing review in the May/June Utne Reader. Jane lives in Sheridan and was co-founder of the Young Writers Camp near Story, a week-long summer writing retreat for teens. She's entered WAC writing competitions for many years and this is her first award.

Myra L. Peak of Green River entered “Hold the Love of Coal.” She came to Wyoming as a coal mine foreman and now is writing a novel about the experience. She's published her poetry in High Plains Register, Owen Wister Review, and Peralta Press. She won a 2004 WAC Frank Nelson Doubleday Writing Award for women writers and first place in “free verse poetry” in the 2006 Wyoming Writers, Inc., competition. When not writing, she runs an environmental consulting firm.

Jeffe Kennedy of Laramie submitted a group of poems entitled “Grooming Lessons.” She won a 2005 WAC Doubleday award and is a roster artist for the Wyoming Arts Council. Her first book, a collection of essays entitled Wyoming Trucks, True Love, and the Weather Channel was published by University of New Mexico Press in 2004. She says in her bio that this was her "first attempt at poetry since her days of teenage angst."

Pat Frolander’s honorable mention entry was “Married Into It.” The Sundance resident describes herself as "a woman who has the best of all worlds: a great-grandmother, rancher, writer, teacher, and wife." She's a member of one of the most active writing groups in the state, Bearlodge Writers. Group members recently published their first anthology.

Chavawn Kelley of Laramie submitted “Estrella, Extrano” (“Star, Stranger”). She has won both a Doubleday Award and a creative writing fellowship from the Wyoming Arts Council. One of her poems was published in the 2006 issue of Owen Wister Review.

Judge Rosemary Daniell said this: “Reading the poems has been a near-painful pleasure -- there are so many good ones, and so many of them moved me immensely! What a repository of talent you have in Wyoming!"

“One interesting aspect was that all the winners, and one of the honorable mentions, had titled their collections, which leads me to think that these are serious poets who have book-length works. I know I always think in terms of a book-length collection, rather than in terms of individual poems, or groups of individual poems, and I've noticed among my students that this often a sign of seriousness of purpose.”

Each year, the Wyoming Arts Council awards up to three $3,000 fellowships to the most exciting new writing by Wyoming residents. The winners also receive a $500 stipend for traveling to the Equality State Book Festival/Casper College Literary Conference to read their work with the judge. Please attend this year’s reading on Friday, Oct. 20, 1-2:45 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in downtown Casper. It’s free and open to the public.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006
ACTORS ON A MISSION: Mike Jeffrey sends this news: “Actors' Mission of Rock Springs has a temporary home through the end of the year at the B.P.O.E. Lodge #624 (Elks Club), 307 C St. We are celebrating our agreement with the production of an original play written by Donovan Rawlings of Actors' Mission. Pariah is an adult drama portraying a Vietnam veteran and the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder that is his constant living nightmare. Performances will be on Sept. 15, 16, 22 and 23 in the downstairs ballroom at the Elks Club. Our traditional free soup will be served at 7 p.m. with each performance starting at 8 p.m. As usual, we rely on donations to help defray the production costs." FMI: E-mail Mike Jeffery.
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
MEET WRITERS AT THE FAIR: Author's Day at the Wyoming State Fair will be held on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the fairgrounds in Douglas. Buy books -- and have them signed -- by writers from all across Wyoming, including Chip Carlson from Cheyenne, Anthony Sacco from Pine Bluffs, and a group of Bearlodge Writers’ members from Sundance and vicinity.
Monday, August 14, 2006
Muffy Mead-Ferro, author of the best-selling books "Confessions of a Slacker Mom" and "Confessions of a Slacker Wife," will read from her work-in-progress, "My Wyoming," during the Teton County Library’s Writer’s Showcase on Thursday, Aug. 17, 7-8 p.m., in Jackson. A Q&A session and book signing will follow. Free and open to the public.
Sunday, August 13, 2006
FRANSCELL EXPLORES CASPER CRIME: "Fall: The Rape and Murder of Innocence in a Small Town," a true crime/memoir by former Wyomingite Ron Franscell, will be released in January by New Horizon Press. It’s the story of Amy and Becky Burridge, who were kidnapped in Casper in 1973 by two men. As Ron puts it in his bookblog: "In the next few hours, the two girls would endure unimaginable horrors before they were pitched alive off a dizzingly high bridge into a dark canyon. One would live and one would die. Unfortunately, that wasn't the end. It was the beginning." Ron will be taking ten days off at his newspaper job in Beaumont, Texas, to return to WYO in December for a book tour. The schedule is still being worked out, but he will come to the Cheyenne Family YMCA Writer’s Voice for a presentation and book signing on Dec. 7. See Ron’s blog for more.
Thursday, August 10, 2006
WYO WIKI ON THE WEB: Susan Vittitow, director of the Wyoming Center for the Book, sent this info about a cool new resource featuring writers in WYO: “The Wyoming Authors Wiki is a clearinghouse for information on book authors who've lived in Wyoming or who write about Wyoming. You can search the wiki using the box in the top right corner of every page, or you can browse by author, county or genre. Also check out our list of New Books and Book Events. Or learn more by checking out our resources about writers or for writers. What makes the wiki different from an ordinary website is that you can contribute information about your favorite book author (including yourself), books and book events. First, you have to join our wiki community and agree to abide by our Contributor Agreement and Disclaimer. You'll find more information on how to edit and create pages at these links. The Wyoming Authors Wiki is a continual work in progress, and we hope to make it better over time through the work of a community of authors and readers who share an interest in Wyoming's literary heritage.”

A WARNING ABOUT WIKI ABUSE: Sites such as Wikipedia have reported mischief of one kind or another, with cyberscamps posting false and/or misleading – even inflammatory – info on the site. I don’t want to see any wyolitmailers committing copy-cat mischief on wyowiki. Let me provide an example:

False and/or misleading information: Michael Shay was the first writer in Wyoming history to win the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, the Nobel Prize, and the National Book Award, all in the same year.

Correct information: Michael Shay WAS NOT the first writer in Wyoming history to the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, the Nobel Prize, and the National Book Award, all in the same year.

See the difference? E-mail me if you need further clarification.
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
COURSE LOOKS AT WYO AUTHORS: The University of Wyoming/Casper College (UW/CC) Center in Casper will offer "Studies in Recent Literature from Wyoming" (ENGL 4600 - 50) beginning Aug. 30. According to a press release: “It will discover the rich literature of the Cowboy State, written by contemporary Wyoming authors including Robert Roripaugh, David Romtvedt, John McPhee and others.” Note to the UW PR folks: As much as we would like to claim him, John McPhee is not a WYO author. He wrote the great book about the state’s geological history, “Rising from the Plains,” but lives in New Jersey. But I can’t argue with UW/CC English prof Bruce Richardson and his selection of “Deep West: A Literary Tour of Wyoming” as the main text for the course. Says Bruce: "Each author has different angles or takes on the way things are here. There is a lot of good, interesting writing right here, right now -- written by some very talented authors." Students enrolled in the course will get a first-hand look at many WYO authors as they participate in the Equality State Book Festival Oct. 19-21 in Casper. “Deep West” authors Robert Roripaugh, Annie Proulx, Vicki Lindner, Tom Rea, Page Lambert, John Nesbitt, Alyson Hagy, David Romtvedt, Geoff O’Gara, Tim Sandlin, Linda Hasselstrom, and its esteemed co-editor, yours truly, will participate in the bookfest. For info on the UW/CC Center course, call 307-268-2713.
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
The ARTCORE Music & Poetry Series at the Nicolaysen Art Museum in downtown Casper presents writer India Hayford and French horn ensemble Cornocopia with Roy Hayford, Julian McClenahan, Vanessa Worrell, and Krista Reinsbach on Monday, Aug. 14, 7:30 p.m. For tickets, call 307-265-1564.
Monday, August 07, 2006
DEADLINE EVE: The postmark deadline is Tuesday, Aug. 8, for the Wyoming Arts Council’s 2007 Blanchan/Doubleday writing competition. Colorado poet Laurie Wagner Buyer is the judge. Open to Wyoming residents only. Printable forms are on the WAC web site.
Sunday, August 06, 2006
BOX ON “WRITERS OF THE YEAR” PANEL: Cheyenne crime novelist C.J. Box will be a panelist on the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers “Writers of the Year” panel discussion on Friday, Aug. 18, 7:30 p.m., at the Tattered Cover on East Colfax Avenue, Denver. Guest panelists, all nominees for the RMFW 2006 Writer of the Year award, will present a discussion entitled "Coming to a Bookstore Near You: Everything You Want to Know About Selling Commercial Fiction." C.J. Box is the author of the award-winning Joe Pickett series of novels, including the new book “In Plain Sight;” Colorado Book Award winner Carol Berg is the author of two epic fantasy series comprising seven individual novels, and an eighth novel, the stand-alone fantasy “Song of the Beast;” and Maggie Sefton's works include the bestselling knitting mysteries “Knit One, Kill Two” and the upcoming release “A Deadly Yarn.” Cindi Myers, RMFW's 2005 Writer of the Year, will moderate the discussion. Door prizes, including a breakfast or lunch meeting with an editor or agent, will be drawn throughout the evening.
Saturday, August 05, 2006
GATHER ‘ROUND THE FLAGPOLE: I will be teaching a workshop in the "Writers in the Park" series on Saturday, Aug. 12, in Grand Teton National Park. It’s free, so just show up at the flagpole in front of the Moose Visitors Center at 8:45 a.m. We then drive a short distance together to a historical cabin where we sit on the porch for the workshop in full view of the Tetons. We’ll have time to write and time to contemplate the park before returning to the visitor’s center at noon. Bring water, dress for changeable weather, bring something to sit on if you like, and definitely bring paper and pen. Here’s a description of the workshop: "Michael Shay requests that you SLOW DOWN. You've heard of the ‘slow food’ movement? On Aug. 12, we will practice the ‘slow life’ movement. As we begin our adventure, Mike will ask you to slow down, look around, and appreciate the landscape. Look deeply and imagine living at this slower and more thoughtful pace. Imagine yourself in a time where you're a forest dweller who experiences the hyperactive visitors of the future as bursts of light and heat. They, on the other hand, experience forest dwellers as some sort of ‘living statues’ because of your slow, thoughtful pace. This scenario comes from an early story by Michael called ‘Still Life in Forest.’ We'll use it as a jumping off place for participants to write about modern life's hectic pace -- and ways that nature can change your perspective." E-mail me for more info.
Friday, August 04, 2006
OH NO, CANADA: Wyomingites were miffed when two recent big movies -- Brokeback Mountain and An Unfinished Life -- were shot in Canada. Both projects sprang from the fertile literary imaginations of (respectively) Annie Proulx of Centennial and Mark Spragg of Cody. If Wyoming is good enough as a stand-in for bug-infested distant planets (Starship Troopers), why isn’t it good enough for contemporary cowpoke movies? Now, Denver is set to be the setting for a major motion picture, although most of it will be filmed in Calgary, Canada. But according to Denver Post columnist Bill Husted, exteriors for Resurrecting the Champ were shot around Denver during the past week. One featured retired Denver Broncos QB and car salesman John Elway. Champ is based on a Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine piece by J.R. Moehringer, who was featured at Laramie County Community College’s “Literary Connection” in the spring. Moehringer is the Times' Denver correspondent and author of the best-seller The Tender Bar -- a terrific memoir just out in paperback. A Pulitzer finalist, Champ describes an intense, touching and oddly co-dependent relationship between an ambitious young reporter and a washed-up old boxer. Hartnett plays the Moehringer-esque reporter; Samuel L. Jackson plays the champ. Meanwhile, Alan Alda plays Hartnett's editor, Kathryn Morris (Cold Case) plays Hartnett's wife, and Desperate Housewife star Teri Hatcher plays a TV mogul. Lurie, director of the Oscar-nominated The Contender and creator of ABC’s Commander in Chief, changed the setting of the story from L.A. to Denver. The newspaper has been transformed into the fictional Denver Times, and newsroom scenes were shot inside the Calgary Herald. To Denverize the newsroom, every other wall is painted with the signs for the Denver Times, and Hartnett's desk is decorated with a Broncos helmet.
Thursday, August 03, 2006
BOOK SERIES EXPLORES TIMELY TOPIC: Casper College political science professor Erich Frankland will lead a free reading and discussion series, “Living with Violence,” beginning Aug. 21. The group will read four books that explore cultures in conflict: "In the Time of the Butterflies" by Julia Alvarez; “A Bend in the River” by V.S. Naipaul; “First They Killed My Father” by Loung Ung and “Anil’s Ghost” by Michael Ontdaatje. The meetings will be held Aug, 21, Sept. 18, Oct. 16, and Nov. 21 in the Vista Lounge of the CC Strausner Student Center. To register and borrow books for the program, contact Alison McNulty, 307-268-2220.
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
PAUL Z FROM PLANET UNIPOET: Paul Zarzyski, Montana poet and a regular at the Elko Cowboy Poetry Gathering, now has an online journal (a.k.a. blog) on the Western Folklife Center’s Reflections of the West e-newsletter. His journal carries this catchy title: “Paul Zarzyski – Musings from Planet UniPoet: From The Rocking Double Z--The One-'n'-Only-Polish-Mafioso-Rodeo Poet of the Cowboy Cosmos (so far).” Paul has spent a fair amount of time in WYO, and once upon a time served as a judge for the WAC creative writing fellowships. Get more of his poetry, prose, banter, and photos at Planet UniPoet.
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
BOOKS AND CHILI IN SUNDANCE AUG. 19: Bearlodge Writers members will be reading in Sundance at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19, during the town’s “Wild West Days” celebration. A book signing will follow. Both events will be held during the Chili Cook-off on Main Street at the bleachers in front of the Longhorn Bar. Copies of the group’s anthology, In the Shadow of the Bear Lodge: Writings from the Black Hills, will be available for purchase that day. They also are available at your local bookstore or library, and many gift shops, especially around the Black Hills region.

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