Author U is sponsoring a PANEL of Author U’s Best and the Brightest in Members and Service Providers have a jammed packed session for you. Get ready for a swirl of ideas, concepts, how-tos coming your way. Get the inside scoop, tips, and strategies for the masters of Author U. Think of this session as the warm-up to the EXTRAVAGANZA coming in May. Have you registered yet?
Join Nick Zelinger, Rebecca Finkel, Steve Replin, Casey Demchak, Kelly Johnson, Amber Ludwig and CAL member Judith Briles for enough ideas to fill a book.
Bring your laptops all juiced up … there will be plenty of time for give and take.
More details and the registration link can be found on the Author U website. For information, contact Judith Briles.
Location: Doubletree Southeast, Aurora
Cost: $30 for paid up members, $45 for non-members (price goes up on 3/11)
August 10-16, 2014, featuring actor and playwright Ellen McLaughlin as Page’s special guest. During this 6-day Canyonlands river trip (professionally outfitted by Sheri Griffith Expeditions), you’ll float down the Colorado River, past the confluence of the Green River, through beautiful Cataract Canyon. The trip culminates with a breathtaking scenic flight from Lake Powell back to Moab. SGE provides everything—rafts, tents, sleeping bags, fresh healthy meals, etc. The fabulous women guides do all the cooking and rowing—you get to relax, enjoy the scenery, journal, and circle up each night for inspiring campfire talks under the stars. This will be Page’s 17th river writing journey for women with SGE, which were featured in Oprah’s O magazine in 2006 as “One of the top six great, all-girl getaways of the year!” $1725 includes scenic flight. $300 deposit holds your space. The trip starts and ends in Moab, Utah. Read More
Art Elser is the featured poet in the Winter 2014 issue of The Avocet: A Journal of Nature Poetry. The journal contains four of his poems, “Goose Music,” “November Butterfly,” “Winter Sky on the Prairie,” and “Hope in Early March.” His poem “Prairie Wind” will appear in the 2014 chapbook to be published by WyoPoets, the Wyoming state poetry society. And his haiku “a chickadee sings” appeared in This World, the 2013 Members Anthology of the Haiku Society of America.
When Mari Baker moves in next door, Benjamin Rhodes knows she’s the girl for him. Who cares if she’s ten years older than he is. She’s perfect. When Mari Baker moves in next door, Eli Rhodes is captivated by her fiery spirit and brunette curls. Sure, she’s nothing like the singles bar hook-ups he usually entertains, but someone like her could make a man change his ways. When Mari Baker moves in next door, Joe Rhodes is unofficially engaged to Beth Havland, so why is this little snippet of a woman getting under his skin? Yeah, she’s sweet and smart and shares his faith, but he and Beth have made plans. At least they’ve talked about making plans.
When Mari Baker moves to Colorado Springs, she’s looking for a fresh start–a new path. The first path she walks, however, is up the steps of the big Victorian house next door after she slips on the ice and throws her purse down the storm drain before she even has a chance to open the door of her new rental. The Rhodes brothers become her rescuing angels that night, and the next path that forms is the one between their house and hers.
Now available on Amazon and in The Kindle Store. Or for a signed copy, visit the author’s website at jodibowersox.com.
Courtyard by Marriott Denver Cherry Creek
1475 S. Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80222
(Parking is free)
Featuring special guest Robert Greer
There’s probably some proverb that says if you do something good at the beginning of the year you will be rewarded tenfold. Well, here’s your opportunity. Some friends of CAL Member Peg Brantley in the Denver area had a popular, engaged, football-playing son who was deeply, secretly troubled. Like so many other families they didn’t recognize any of the signs. When Shaka took his own life he left a lot of unanswered questions. Les and Marianne determined to do whatever they could to make sure that devastating, gut-wrenching loss never happened to another family. Les left his job and he and Marianne formed the Shaka Franklin Foundation. Not long afterward, Shaka’s older brother also committed suicide. The staggering loss that might have pushed anyone else to utter despair only strengthened the resolve and commitment of these two amazing people. Les and Marianne Franklin have made what might have crushed any other parents into a focus of hope.
The annual fundraiser for the Shaka Franklin foundation is April 18th. One part of that fundraiser is the silent auction, and last year some gift baskets of books introduced by Peg that went over very well. For this year’s event, we’d love for CAL to have a presence with some potential visibility for the incredibly talented authors in our Colorado. If you’d like to contribute to a CAL basket for the fundraiser, please mail or deliver your book(s) to: Read More
Ihla Nation is a nonfiction writer of essay, articles, reviews, profiles and commentaries that have been published in newspapers, magazines and anthologies. She earned an MA in religious studies (eastern religions) and a BA in Social Work. Her articles have appeared in Denver Post, Science of Mind, Gnosis, and Lotus.
As a motivational speaker, author, and grief consultant, Rachel Kodanaz provides encouragement to those who are suffering a loss. Rachel is a columnist for Living with Loss Magazine and has appeared on Good Morning America. Her latest book Living with Loss, One Day at a Time is newly out from Fulcrum Publishing.
CAL member Julene Bair’s new book, The Ogallala Road: A Memoir of Love and Reckoning (Viking/Penguin), launches at 7:30 pm on Thursday, March 6 with a reading at Boulder Bookstore, 1107 Pearl Street, Boulder. On Monday, March 10 at 7:30 pm, she will read at the Tattered Cover, 2526 E Colfax Ave. in Denver, as part of the Rocky Mountain Land Series. For further information, visit julenebair.com. Julene spent 10 years writing The Ogallala Road, and her essay about that odyssey will appear in Poets & Writers magazine soon.
Cowboy Up! Ride the Navajo Rodeo, by Nancy Bo Flood, published by Wordsong has been named to the 2014 Notable Books for a Global Society (NBGS) award list. This award is sponsored by the International Reading Association (IRA) Children¹s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group. Each year 25 books are chosen that represent issues of diversity, social justice, and multicultural literature. Find more information at: clrsig.org/nbgs. Alternatively their journal, The Dragon Lode, includes an annotation of each book and teaching ideas.
If you are at the IRA Conference in New Orleans, on Saturday, May 10th, stop by the BoydsMills Press (Highlights) booth between 1:00 and 2:00 pm, say hello to Nancy Bo Flood, and receive a complimentary signed copy of Cowboy Up! The Children¹s Literature & Reading Special Interest Group annual session begins at 3: 00 pm. Nancy Bo Flood will discuss Stories Untold. Does It Make a Difference?