Though you couldn’t call Laramie a big city and it can be a little remote (especially in winter), it’s still home to a lively music scene. One of our favorite troubadours, David Dondero, makes regular stops here to play the Buckhorn Bar. Dondero was named one of NPRs Top 10 Living American Songwriters in 2006 and, though doesn’t have the name recognition of some of the other songwriters on that list, he absolutely deserves it.
He also wrote a really fantastic song about Laramie called “It’s Peaceful Here,” whose lyrics are as good an argument as any as to why Laramie is great.
In the last few days we’ve gotten almost eight inches of snow and temperatures have dropped into single digits. The town is beautiful under a fresh snowfall and, when the clouds thin and the sky shows, the snow is tinted blue. Our new, warm-weather arrivals have been learning how to drive in the snow without fishtailing, the virtues of mukluks, and how to downhill sled on inverted recycling bin lids.
Photo: Liz Kulze
Laramie’s a pretty cool place but, for my money, one of the best things about living here is the close and easily accessible Snowy Range. It’s particularly spectacular in the fall. A few of us took advantage of the unseasonably beautiful weather to hike a long loop through the mountains.
Liz chills, Lilly eats a boiled egg (she does this a lot), and Liz’s creature Archie stumbles and slips among the rocks. That’s Lost Lake in the background. Mostly I (this is Dominick, your friendly MFA blogger, by the way) watched trout rise and regretted not bringing my fishing rod.
The following poor-quality photographs we offer as proof that we do, in fact, occasionally get off our asses and do things that make us sweat.
Lead by first-year non-fiction student Kat Williams, a number of CW graduate students, English graduate students, and friends joined together as Unsportsmanlike Behavior for UWyo’s intramural soccer league.
Unsportsmanlike Behavior ended the season with one win and three losses, a testament to the fact that they care far more about being unsportsmanlike than they care about winning.
As a culmination of the community workshops facilitated by Mark Nowak and the University of Wyoming MFA program, a public reading and celebration was held last Thursday at the Gryphon Theather. It was a night filled with Kool Moe Dee, Monty Python, Laramie community members, and former MFA students. The evening closed with a documentary of what it means to work in Wyoming. Here are some images from the night:
on the front page of today’s local newspaper:
DOG BITE REPORTED
“There aren’t too many animals in Wyoming that can outsmart humans. But there is one. You probably see it everyday, and it most likely knows more about you than you think. Wyoming Public Radio’s Kelly Herbinson brings us this latest piece in her intermittent series on Wyoming animals.”
Kelly Herbinson is a nonfiction writer/mfa’er hailing from the great state of california. she won the science fair five times between 1988 and 1995; she was the California State Surfing Champion in 1996, and she set the record for shoe sales at shoe biz shoestores in san francisco in 2000. now kelly spends her time studying animals and writing about them. her work has also appeared in Creative Nonfiction.