Monday, March 26, 2007

WAC debuts new all-arts blog

The Wyoming Arts Council now has a new blog for arts news and events in the state. It's called "Wyoming Arts" and you can find it here. I've been posting to that blog since March 1 as a test, and now it's up and running. Please send your e-mail announcements to Mike Shay and I'll do my best to get it on the blog in a timely manner. Assisting me is Linda Coatney, whose come to the WAC as a writer and editor for the blog and our new print newsletter, due to debut this summer. Some of you may know Linda from Casper where she was editor of the college literary magazine and also served on the literary conference planning committee. She's finishing up her degree at UW and now is living in Cheyenne.

What about wyolitmail? It will be on hold for now. My new assignment as grand poobah for all WAC arts disciplines makes "Wyoming Arts" a higher priority that wyolitmail. I encourage writers and poets to e-mail to me their blog and/or web site links. The new blog's sidebar features links to the state's arts organizations, writers, artists, performers, and folk artists. We want to add your link to the list.


Friday, March 02, 2007
On the Road with Absaroka County's Finest

This narrative comes from Craig Johnson's very entertaining monthly e-mail newsletter (March 1 edition). The only mystery writer in Ucross is preparing to launch his annual spring book tour with the mytical yet compelling Walt Longmire, sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming. Here's what's happening in Craig's world:

I'm calling this one the Kindness Goes Unpunished-High Noon or 7 PM Tour. It's that time of year when I take my dog-and-pony show on the road. Unfortunately, neither the dogs nor the ponies will be accompanying me, but my wife Judy will be...

The tour for Kindness Goes Unpunished starts a little early with an event at the Johnson County Library, which seems appropriate since Johnson County is home and was the model for Walt's Absaroka County. This is an event I've been looking forward to for quite a while, since not only are the attendees going to know all the street names, half of them are going to have been in the books. The Friends of the Library will have The Cold Dish and Death Without Company for sale and the promise of signed copies of Kindness Goes Unpunished, which can be picked up on the on-sale date of March 15.

Speaking of on-sale dates, look for the paperback of Death Without Company on February 28. My name's in red. As Vic would say, "What's up with that?" I'll be at the Johnson County Library Banquet, Buffalo, Wyo., Saturday, March 10 at 6:30 p.m.

Casper got the nod for the actual kickoff, because Lisa Craft is such a sweetheart. I'm on Brian Scott's radio show in the morning, which is always a gas. He's funnier than I am. I'll be at Blue Heron Books in downtown Casper on Thursday, March 15, 6-7:30 p.m.

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Thursday, March 01, 2007
Montana poet and author Robert Pack will talk about his work on Thursday, March 29, 7 p.m., at the Center for Conferences and Institutes at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne. A new collection of his poems, Still Here, Still Now, will be published this year. Admission is free. Sponsored by the LCCC Foundation. FMI: 307-778-1285.

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